By Jerry Wein
Former Grizzlies and Kings coach Dave Joerger is joining the Sixers Doc Rivers’ staff, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN is reporting.
Rivers begins building out his 76ers coaching staff with Joerger, who had recently interviewed for the Pacers head coaching job. https://t.co/YeSF5AR5Ez
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) October 15, 2020
Joerger is considered a very smart Xs and Os coach who will try to make the Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons pairing work.
“My teams have always been very good offensively, in the top five overall. And we score points, and we score points in a lot of different ways,” Rivers said at his introductory presser.
“We’ve got Ben that scores points, we have Joel, we have Tobias (Harris), we have Shake (Milton), we have Josh (Richardson). This team’s loaded with talent and we’ve just gotta figure out how to make it work the best. But just looking at the numbers, when [Embiid and Simmons] play together they win 65 percent of the games that they play in. That’s a good thing.”
Rivers said he wanted the Sixers to be like the newly crowned champ Lakers and use the versatile players that fit into the modern game. Adding Dave Joerger to the mix will help Rivers with that on the offensive end.