76ers hire new assistant coach: Former 76ers head Jim O’Brien


How do the 76ers recreate the magic of their last winning 82-game season?

Hiring the coach who oversaw it.

Philadelphia is bringing back Jim O’Brien, who guided the 76ers to a 43-39 record in 2004-05, his lone season with them.

76ers release:

The Philadelphia 76ers announced today that the team has named Jim O’Brien and Kevin Young as Assistant Coaches, John Bryant and Alvin Williams as Player Development Coaches, John Townsend as Shooting Coach, Chris Babcock as Assistant Director of Player Development and Dr. Lance Pearson as Director of Applied Analytics.

In a related move, Eugene Burroughs, who spent the last two seasons as the Sixers’ shooting coach, has been promoted to Head Coach of the Delaware 87ers, the NBA Development League affiliate of the Sixers.

“We are excited to maintain a continuity of culture within the staff by promoting five very talented coaches from within our organization,” said Sixers Head Coach Brett Brown. “This commitment to growth and development is the foundation upon which we were also able to recruit three coaches with decades of expertise who will help move our program forward and fit seamlessly into our system.”

It’s a little weird for O’Brien to return to the 76ers in a lesser role, but at least his Philadelphia tenure doesn’t define him. O’Brien surrounded his stint with the 76ers by coaching the Celtics and Pacers. He’s also a Philadelphia native, which makes this a more comfortable fit.

O’Brien will replace Mike D’Antoni, who left for the Rockets, as Brown’s assistant with NBA assistant.