The Sixers‘ D-League affiliate Delaware 87ers announced their coaching staff Wednesday and it included a couple names familiar to Philadelphia basketball fans.
Former Villanova forward Curtis Sumpter, who averaged 17.4 points as a senior in 2006-07, will be the 87ers’ player development coach for the 2016-17 season.
Sumpter had been a player development assistant with the Sixers since 2013.
The other notable addition is Phil Martelli Jr., who will be an assistant coach. Martelli Jr. spent the past five seasons as assistant coach at the University of Delaware, and also coached at Niagara, Manhattan and Central Connecticut State.
Martelli Jr. played four seasons at St. Joe’s under his father, Phil Martelli.
The 87ers were off by just one generation. Here’s the the ultimate coach in the Martelli family:
Was this just an excuse to post that video? Yes.
Doc Rivers: Paul Pierce still waffling about playing for Clippers next season
Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers said Tuesday that 38-year-old Paul Pierce remains on the fence about returning for his 19th season but believes Pierce has something left in the tank.
“Depends on the day I talk to him. Paul has had the summer, he’s gone back and forth,” Rivers said while back in Boston to host the annual ABCD Hoops Dream fundraiser at TD Garden. “I think he has a right to do that. I really do.
“Paul didn’t have the best year last year. I don’t think he wants to go out that way. So I think that’s why he’s working to try to come back. But he still may change his mind next week. So we just have to wait. I told him if I see him at training camp, I’m assuming he’s playing.”
When 38-year-olds have a bad season, they don’t usually improve at 39. Father time is undefeated, and Pierce might just be done as a positive contributor.
Still, he’s under contract for another year, and Rivers holds him in high regard. Pierce would bring intangible value and maybe some clutch moments.
It was Kurt Rambis who first suggested Jeff. They had played together in Phoenix for several seasons so Kurt had a good read on Jeff.
Yeah, right. This reeks of Jackson trying to frame Rambis’ demotion as admirable rather than the necessary upgrade to a better coach.
If that weren’t enough…
Jackson, via Rosen:
After Jeff retired, he was still living in Phoenix but accepted a job as Utah’s shooting coach. Whenever he could, Jeff would commute from Phoenix to Salt Lake City so he could spend as much time as possible with his family. So, his being such a devoted family man was another thing that impressed me.
But Hornacek was initially just a part-time shooting coach with the Jazz. He delayed becoming a full-time assistant coach until his kids were older, so he wouldn’t have to compromise his family life or job.
Jackson took a full-time job with the Knicks – at least in theory. If Jackson is trying to compare his work ethic/personal travel to Hornacek, it doesn’t hold up.
Allen Iverson, 2016 Basketball Hall of Fame guard, was supposed to make an appearance at Commerce High School in Springfield on Friday — a community event scheduled by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and an opportunity to speak in front of the student body.
Commerce students were gathered into the school auditorium and seemed very excited, cheering every time it appeared that the former Philadelphia 76ers guard might have arrived. Scattered chants of “We want A-I” started up as they waited. When a Sixers employee took snapchats with the crowd as everyone waited, the auditorium exploded with cheers.
Iverson, who also arrived late to Thursday’s Hall of Fame press conference, never showed up.
Sheryl Swoopes, also being inducted this year, and Hall of Famer Calvin Murphy spoke to the students.