Philadelphia 76ers Rumors
Suns seriously considered Doc Rivers
The Phoenix Suns “seriously considered” former Philadelphia 76ers coach Doc Rivers for their head coaching position, according to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst. Rivers, who is 61, was a reported finalist for the Suns’ job, along with Frank Vogel, who got the position, and the team’s associate head coach, Kevin Young. “I just know that as of yesterday, I was talking to somebody who was talking to somebody in the Suns’ organization when the Suns were doing due diligence on Doc and Frank Vogel,” Windhorst said in “The Hoop Collective” podcast around the 35-minute mark. “…I mean, you pretty much know who Doc is at this point, but they were seriously looking at it.”
Michael C. Wright: LA Clippers coaching associate Cameron Hodges will be joining Ime Udoka’s staff in Houston. Hodges worked with Udoka in both Philadelphia and San Antonio.
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Sam Cassell joins Joe Mazzulla's coaching stuff in Boston
Shams Charania: Sam Cassell has agreed to join the Boston Celtics coaching staff under Joe Mazzulla, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium.
Shams Charania: Cassell spent the past three seasons as a lead assistant for the 76ers under Doc Rivers, and now returns to Boston where he was a member of the 2008 NBA championship team.
Fast-forward four years, and they’re teammates on a No. 8-seed Heat team that has clawed its way to the NBA Finals. Highsmith still remembers the lessons Butler imparted to him in Philadelphia. “Working out twice a day, three times a day, which he would do sometimes,” he says. “Also understanding your body, not pushing it too far where you’re feeling not the best. Maintaining good diet as well.”
Frank Vogel was Suns' top choice all along
Philadelphia got Nick Nurse, but Frank Vogel was always the guy Phoenix wanted. Sources told The Republic Vogel was the Suns’ first choice of the five finalists for their vacant head-coaching position. Suns associate head coach Kevin Young, Kings assistant Jordi Fernandez, Doc Rivers, Nurse and Vogel were the finalists.