Philadelphia 76ers Hire Mike D’Antoni As Associate Coach

Mike D’Antoni has joined the Philadelphia 76ers as an associate coach to help bolster the Sixers’ future.

The rumors surrounding Mike D’Antoni joining the Philadelphia 76ers coaching staff as an associate coach came true Thursday night according to Keith Pompey of The Inquirer and CBS.

D’Antoni will join the struggling 76ers a week after head coach Brett Brown agreed to a two-year extension along with the hiring of Jerry Colangelo as the chairman of basketball operations.

D’Antoni comes with a lot of experience as he has been a head coach for 12 years around the league with the Denver Nuggets, Phoenix Suns, New York Knicks and Los Angeles Lakers.

One would think that this move is the first of many that will be linked to Colangelo. Colangelo and D’Antoni have history from their time together in Phoenix when Colangelo was the owner of the Suns. D’Antoni was most successful during his time with the Suns. He led them to a 253-136 record during his five years of coaching them including two trips to the Western Conference Finals. He won Coach of The Year for the 2004-05 season. Colangelo also is the chairman of USA Basketball where D’Antoni has served on the Team USA coaching staff.

D’Antoni is joining a 76ers team that is currently 1-26 and is on pace to become the worst team in NBA history. The 1972-73 76ers currently own the title of the worst team ever with a 9-73 record. Through 27 games their record was 3-24. D’Antoni should be able to help the team not only win some more games, but get some respect in the eyes of free agent prospects.