Popeye Jones joins Denver Nuggets as assistant coach
NBA veteran and former Nuggets player Popeye Jones will join Denver as an assistant coach.
Jones served as an assistant coach for Rivers and the Philadelphia 76ers last season and was welcomed by the team on Monday.
He filled the vacancy where Wes Unseld Jr. left to become the head coach of the Washington Wizards.
Join us and welcome Popeye Jones to the coaching staff!
-Denver Nuggets (@nuggets) August 23, 2021
According to The Undefeated, Jones will sit on the bench with the staff of head coach Michael Malone Mark Spears.
The 51-year-old Jones played in the league for 11 years, averaging 23.5 minutes per game, scoring 7.0 points and 7.4 rebounds, and has been an NBA assistant coach for the past 11 seasons.
Jones is known for his fighting and rebounding on the court. Before joining the NBA in 1993, he started his career in Italy and played the first of two games in Dallas.
He will continue to play for Toronto, Boston, Denver and Washington before the final year of the 2003-04 season for the Golden State Warriors.
He started his coaching career with the New Jersey/Brooklyn Nets (2010-2013), Indiana Pacers (2013-2020), Philadelphia 76ers (2020-2021), and now plays for the Nuggets.
“He (Coach Malone) said he was looking for an experienced coach, and I have been doing this for a long time,” Jones said. “And, you know, he really didn’t say that I would coach on one side of the ball. I always thought of myself as a coach who could coach both sides of the ball.”
This is a bit like going home to Jones.
“I lived in Denver for eight years, my kids started playing hockey in Denver, really liked the area, and then obviously played for the team,” Jones said. “So (have) great interest in coming back.”
The Nuggets, and last year’s MVP Nikola Jokic, Returning to the injured starter Jamal MurrayWith Michael Porter Jr., although the conference has many talents, it is still expected to shine in the West.
This post is written by Bonny Johnson