Doc Rivers has never coached with Dave Joerger before, but he’s previously expressed his respect for the former Kings head coach.
He said on ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski’s podcast in 2019 that Joerger, a reported early candidate for the Sixers’ head coaching job, was the toughest coach to game plan against.
“No one wanted to play Sacramento (in 2018-19),” Rivers said. “He runs great stuff. He really does. Quirky, which makes him even better in some ways.”
ESPN’s Frank Isola reported Wednesday night that Joerger is under consideration to join Rivers’ Sixers staff.
The 46-year-old Joerger won championships in leagues below the NBA — the CBA, IBL and what was then known as the D League — before joining the Grizzlies’ coaching staff in 2007. He was promoted to head coach in 2013 and went 147-99 over three seasons in charge of the “Grit and Grind” Grizzlies.
Joerger’s three years leading the Kings were less fruitful as Sacramento failed to make the playoffs under him, although the team did win 39 games in the 2018-19 season, a 12-win improvement over the year prior. He clashed with the Kings’ front office and also reportedly had communication problems with some of Sacramento’s young players, including Buddy Hield.
Sam Cassell interviewed for the Clippers' head coaching job on Tuesday, per Wojnarowski. Tyronn Lue is also a reported candidate for that position, as well as the Rockets' vacancy. Both were on Rivers’ Clippers staff, and he’s spoken highly of the two.
Ime Udoka, Kevin Young, Joseph Blair and John Bryant were Brett Brown’s assistants this past season. Young decided last week to join Monty Williams’ coaching staff with the Suns.