Popeye Jones Joins Denver Nuggets as Assistant Coach

NBA veteran and one-time Nuggets’ participant Popeye Jones is becoming a member of Denver as an assistant coach.

Jones, who was an assistant final season with Doc Rivers and the Philadelphia 76ers, was welcomed to the workforce on Monday.

He fills the emptiness created by Wes Unseld Jr.’s departure to turn out to be head coach of the Washington Wizards.

Jones can be on the entrance of the bench with head coach Michael Malone’s workers per The Undefeated’s Marc Spears.

The 51-year-old Jones spent the previous 11 seasons as an NBA assistant after taking part in 11 years within the league averaging 7.0 factors and seven.4 rebounds in 23.5 minutes per recreation.

Recognized for his on-court hustle and rebounding, Jones began his professional profession in Italy earlier than becoming a member of the NBA in 1993 and taking part in the primary of two stints with Dallas.

He would go on to play for Toronto, Boston, Denver, Washington earlier than his ultimate 12 months with Golden State in 2003-04.

His teaching profession began with the New Jersey/Brooklyn Nets (2010-2013), then the Indiana Pacers (2013-2020), the Philadelphia 76ers (2020-2021), and now with the Nuggets.

“He ( Coach Malone) stated he was searching for an skilled coach, and I’ve been doing it a very long time now,” stated Jones. “And, you understand, he actually didn’t say I’d coach one aspect of the ball, and I at all times noticed myself as a coach who can coach either side of the ball.”

The transfer is a little bit of a homecoming for Jones.

“I lived in Denver for eight years, my youngsters began taking part in hockey in Denver, actually love the realm, after which additionally clearly taking part in for the franchise,” Jones stated. “So (there was) numerous curiosity in coming again.”

The Nuggets, with final 12 months’s MVP Nikola Jokic, returning injured starter Jamal Murray, and Michael Porter Jr., are anticipated to make a powerful displaying within the West regardless of the plethora of expertise the convention boasts.

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