New Sixers head coach Doc Rivers is reportedly taking another step to fill out his first staff in Philadelphia.
Per the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Keith Pompey:
#Sixers coach Doc Rivers is interested in adding former Chicago Bulls assistant coach Roy Rogers to his coaching staff, according to a league source. In addition to the Bulls, the widely respected coach had assistant coaching stints with the #Rockets, #Wizards and #Nets. pic.twitter.com/KCzrjHm3IG— Keith Pompey (@PompeyOnSixers) October 21, 2020
As for Rogers, some quick bullet-points:
- He played power forward at Alabama.
- He was drafted 22nd overall by the Vancouver Grizzlies (!) in the 1996 NBA Draft.
- His NBA playing career ended after the 2000 season, and he subsequently played pro ball overseas.
- Since 2008, Rogers has worked as an assistant coach for the New Jersey/Brooklyn Nets, Boston Celtics (alongside Rivers), Detroit Pistons, the Nets again, the Houston Rockets and most recently in 2019, the Chicago Bulls.
- He is a Leo.
For more info on Rogers’ background, check out this profile done on him by the NBA Coaches Association in 2018:
With Joerger and Rogers (reported) in tow, Sixers fans will likely continue to focus on Sam Cassell. The former player has been interviewing for head coaching jobs of late, but if he’s not to land one of the remaining opportunities, the prevailing thought is that Cassell will come with Doc from L.A. to Philly.