3 Notes from Daryl Morey’s press conference following Doc Rivers’ firing appeared in the original NBC Sports Philadelphia
Daryl Morey didn’t always speak in direct language Wednesday about the work ahead.
But in describing the process that led to Doc Rivers was fired as head coach of the teamMaury was clear.
Morey said: “It’s my job to evaluate everything, and we felt this was the best move to help us achieve our goals going forward.
“It was carefully thought out and I recommended it, and they accepted it.”
Morey’s Comments Off On James Harden – the SixExpresssaid the head of basketball operations “Scenario A” for the team is to keep the 33-year-old Here are three takeaways from Wednesday’s press conference:
In any research on coaching, there are many variables worth considering.
Morey was asked specifically about his previous NBA head coaching experience. Although he didn’t rule out a coach the first time – Sixers assistant Sam Cassell would fit that description Morey indicated that he generally views the experience as a plus.
He said, “I will not say a demand.” “I think when you go into requirements, you miss opportunities. But I will say we have a roster that’s ready to win. Obviously we’ve been very successful – we came in just under our goals. I think we have a player at the MVP level. And I think, if you look at the history of the NBA It’s going to be tough getting into that as a first-time NBA coach.
“That doesn’t mean it didn’t work. For every rule, there are strong counterexamples. So we’re not going to get into prescription or taboo, but we’re looking for someone who brings leadership and accountability; someone who’s good at tactics; someone who has great relationships with their stars; someone who’s good at recruiting stars.” And players want to play with him; someone who’s building a great organization.
“I 100 percent think we got that with Coach Rivers…but those are the kinds of standards that we looked at. Those are the kinds of standards that got Doc hired, and we’re going to work hard to find someone who hits all those marks again.”
Morey later added that he feels the tactical aspect “tends to be overstated” and that it “ends up being a much smaller part of what people expect in terms of working with your star players, recruiting star players, things like that.”
As for the free agent coaches out there, Nick Nurse, Frank Vogel, and Mike Budenholzer all have NBA titles on their resumes. Budenholzer dollars The Suns beat Monte Williams in the NBA Finals two years ago.
“The coaches available are very strong,” Morey said, “and that’s why those of us who’ve already reached out encourage us. … Recent tournaments, it’s a factor. It’s a factor.”
Definitely not a real test, but all else being equal, I think this can lend a lot of credibility with the guys. “Hey, I just did this.” I think that’s important, which is why I added a PJ Tucker The past year is also positive. “Hey, when did you just do this MilwaukeeThese were some of the essentials. And I know that gave him a lot of voice in the locker room.”
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Morey said that Joel Embiid and Harden would not have a “direct input” in hiring the Sixers head coach, although “you want to look for a coach who matches the way we want to play and the players we have.”
Morey’s decision may be rather poignant on the subject. While Mike D’Antoni of course has many more credentials besides coaching Harden, we imagine that if the Sixers hired 72-year-old offensive innovator, They will cite this duo’s history as a source of optimism.
Regardless, Morey has always seen the stars as very important to the NBA. On Wednesday, he admitted that the Sixers’ biggest star, Embiid, did not support firing Rivers.
Embiid said he thinks Rivers has done an “amazing job” and “should be fine.” After the Sixers’ Game 7 loss to Celtics.
“They had a strong connection,” Morey said. “I have to make hard calls all the time with trades. Joel was disappointed, some of it didn’t know which player we were entering the trade with, which ended up helping us, but he was disappointed in the players who came out. I think it’s normal to be so close.” “From the people in the dressing room. He was very close to Coach Rivers and yes, he was shocked by the change. My job is to help convince him that the new coach is someone he’s going to have a great relationship with as well.”
Morey had another interesting Embiid-related answer when asked why the six-time All-Star’s efficiency slipped into the second round of the playoffs.
Injuries regularly affected Embiid, who played through a sprained right knee this postseason, but his 5-for-18 shooting performance in Game 7 wasn’t good enough. Overall, Embiid averaged 25.5 points and 9.0 rebounds in the series for the Celtics. He shot 42.1 percent from the floor and 20 percent from three-point range.
“That was a great conversation with Joel — again, led by Joel, for his own good,” Morey said. Working through, “Hey, how do I make sure I can still access my sites?” How can I be sure that when they try to remove this I have a counter?
“Look, it’s a thing…we need to do better during the season. The regular season is often on Wednesday against a bad team, and Joel is so good he can just control the game without them doing a lot of switches. That’s why I thought a lot of actors vs Toronto or a Brooklyn This year has been good. They guarded it with heavy double bands and a different look.
“We want to try to make sure he gets those similar kinds of high-intensity defensive looks during the regular season, and that that’s something he feels more comfortable doing as we get into the playoffs. So I think that’s a big priority to continue to give him delegate after rep so he can work on it. Off-season and during the season…so he’s ready for the really focused defenses he’s going up against in the playoffs.”
Where exactly is the improvement needed?
This time last year, the Sixers seemed to have a clear sense of what went wrong in the postseason and how they could fix it.
Morey and Rivers both wanted to strengthen the Sixers’ toughness, pick up two-way players, and have a team better equipped to overcome the challenges of the playoffs.
“I think we’ve addressed a lot of those questions. I think a lot of progress has been made, and we need to continue to make progress to make more progress,” Morey said on Wednesday.
Heading into this season, does Morey have a similar understanding of why the Sixers failed and where they should improve this summer?
“Besides looking for the coach, we’re going through a very careful process with the front office on what to do,” he said. “We haven’t been through that yet. We’ll find out in the future. But yeah, I think last year was a bit more straightforward, especially the two-way player part. I thought the toughness part was real…but sometimes it’s only used if I win.” Or I lose. I think the two-way players were a little more clear, and I think we addressed a lot of that. However, we still have a lot of things to improve, and so we have to improve.
But we do have some regular improvements coming this year. (Therese) Maxi We think he has a real chance to be one of the best players in the league. He’s absolutely committed to putting the work in, we know, so I think that’s a very exciting area.
And then, Joel Embiid, you see, I wouldn’t bet against improving him again. He’s done it every year since I’ve been here. … His health is getting better and his playing is getting better. I can do more. I can work on this. I’m watching the playoffs and I’m looking at this guy. I can add that to my game. I wouldn’t bet on him.”