Dan Burke Rumors
“After taking this job, one of my top priorities was forming the best staff in the NBA,” Rivers said. “I’m thrilled with the way it came together as this group boasts years of valuable NBA experience, both playing and coaching, and each member brings a championship-level mindset to the table. I’m confident in my staff’s ability to best support our players and look forward to getting into the lab with our team as soon as we get the green light.”
Bjorkgren has retained assistant coach Bill Bayno, a league source with direct knowledge of the situation told IndyStar on Sunday, for a bench role. Bjorkgren is expected to rotate responsibilities among his staff much as Toronto Raptors coach Nick Nurse does with his staff, rather than having coaches focus on a specific aspect of the game such as defense or big men. Bayno is the only holdover from McMillan’s staff, with Popeye Jones and Dan Burke going to the Philadelphia 76ers. Bayno is in Los Angeles working out Holiday and Domantas Sabonis.
The longtime Pacers assistant coach plans to join the Philadelphia 76ers and work under head coach Doc Rivers, per league sources. This was not about Burke, 61, seeking a new situation or challenge. It was the opposite. After 23 seasons, the Pacers front office chose to go in a different direction and, as I reported more than three weeks ago, Burke would have to go elsewhere.
Tim Bontemps: 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.
Scott Agness: Nate McMillan will NOT coach tonight at Golden State, his second absence as Pacers head coach. This one is due to a death in the family. Assistant coach Dan Burke, who also has significant ties to Portland, will fill in.