After Jim Boylen left to be Gregg Popovich and the San Antonio Spurs‘ top assistant, the Indiana Pacers needed a new coach, and they got that in Popeye Jones. Jones has spent the last three seasons on the Brooklyn Nets‘ staff. Now, he is apart of the Pacers taking over the big man responsibilities.
Here is what head coach Frank Vogel had to say about the addition of Jones:
“Popeye has a great knowledge for the game, particularly the big man game,” Vogel stated Wednesday. “He obviously played the position at a really high level, and overachieved sort of as a player. He has really grown over the last six years, in terms of being a student of the game and really studying coaching and growing his knowledge of Xs and Os and his game preparations. We’re a big man team and he’s got an expertise in that field, so I think he’s going to be a strong addition to our staff.”
Vogel is not the only one who likes the addition of Jones. Starting center Roy Hibbert also said he likes Jones joining staff, which isn’t surprising as he is the team’s primary big man.
If you thought the Pacers’ big men couldn’t get any better as a group, you are wrong. Jones continues to become a better coach each and every year. Coaching the position he played in the league is great as he knows it very well.
If Hibbert and Jones have a really good player-coach relationship, he could have a monster of a year for Indiana.