76ers Hire Mike D’Antoni as Associate Head Coach
Speculation became reality as the Philadelphia 76ers and coach Mike D'Antoni have reached an agreement to join Brett Brown's staff as an associate head coach.
The move seems to be a move to add a more veteran presence on the coaching staff, that was filled with inexperience. D'Antoni has ties to new Sixers chairman Jerry Colangelo, serving as the Phoenix Suns head coach, but his last
It will be interesting to see how D'Antoni and his seven-second offensive approach will fit in with in particular Jahlil Okafor. His last coaching stint with the Lakers didn't end so well, with guys like Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol not fitting in as his big man, but his uptempo style could be a fit with what Brown has wanted to do in Philly.
Another thing D'Antoni excelled with in Phoenix, but not really his other coaching stops, is guard play. He had Steve Nash playing at an NBA MVP level, he did coach current Sixers point guard Kendall Marshall when Marshall was with the Lakers - Marshall has his best season as a pro averaging 8.8 assists and 8.0 per game that season.
In three NBA coaching stops, D'Antoni is 455-426 including 26-33 in the playoffs.