Rounding out an incredibly busy week in Sixersland, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported today that Doc Rivers is set to make another addition to his first coaching staff in Philly:
Clippers G League coach Brian Adams is joining Doc Rivers’ staff with the Philadelphia 76ers, sources tell ESPN. Adams had been Agua Caliente’s head coach for a season after working as a coaching associate under Rivers with the Clippers and Celtics.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) October 30, 2020
Adams is another former Rivers cohort to join the staff, and the sixth reported assistant coach for this upcoming season.
The Sixers are hiring longtime Pacers assistant coach Dan Burke, league sources tell ESPN. Burke joins former Grizzlies and Kings coach Dave Joerger on Doc Rivers’ coaching staff, and is widely regarded for his defensive acumen.— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) October 28, 2020
More 76ers news: per sources, Doc Rivers is expected to elevate his former head video coordinator with the Clippers, Pete Dominguez, to an associate coach position in Philly. Dominguez has impressed in various positions the past few years and earned the bench opportunity.— David Aldridge (@davidaldridgedc) October 28, 2020
Los Angeles Clippers assistant coach Sam Cassell will be added to Doc Rivers’ staff with the #Sixers, according to sources. That was the expectation if he didn’t get a head-coaching gig. pic.twitter.com/aDnLCtozB0— Keith Pompey (@PompeyOnSixers) October 28, 2020
#Sixers coach Doc Rivers is retaining Eric Hughes for his assistant-coaching staff, according to sources.— Keith Pompey (@PompeyOnSixers) October 28, 2020
This slew of Wednesday reports follows the previous leak that former Memphis Grizzlies and Sacramento Kings Head Coach Dave Joerger would also slot in as an assistant.
With Joerger, Cassell, Burke, Dominguez, Hughes and Adams in tow, Doc seems to have crafted himself an extremely accomplished and diverse mix of coaches for his first go-round with the Sixers.
This is a benefit of hiring a coach as ingrained in the NBA and as secure in his standing with the organization as Rivers — unlike younger or less experienced head coaches who may be quick to look over their shoulder with a Joerger or Cassell lying in wait, Rivers could simply go out and hire the best coaches possible for his staff without fear of a potential mutiny.
If you’re eager to learn more about Brian Adams (and who isn’t?), he appears to be on Twitter and Instagram @BrianAdams13.
And here is a longform interview with Adams from last year, if you just can not get enough Brian Adams content on this snowy Friday:
The Sixers are hiring Daryl Morey. What a world!