Rico Hines becomes latest coach to join Sixers Coaching Staff

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FILE – Toronto Raptors head coach Nick Nurse directs his team during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Charlotte Hornets in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, April 2, 2023. The Philadelphia 76ers hired Nurse on Monday, May 29, 2023, following his exit from the Toronto Raptors, a person with direct knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Nell Redmond, File)

ESPN Insider Adrian Wojnarowski has reported that former Toronto Raptors’ player development coach Rico Hines has joined Nick Nurse’s Sixers staff in Philadelphia. Hines will be joining the Nurse in Philly as a “front-of-the-bench” assistant coach. Hines has experience as an assistant coach in the past, joining the Sacramento Kings as an assistant under Luke Walton before moving on to Toronto in 2022.

Rico Hines joins the Sixers

Hines is widely respected and known around the league for player development and his summer pick-up games at UCLA during the offseason. Plenty of his former players and NBA stars have joined in pick-up games to work on their craft and get ready for the upcoming season. Last offseason, Hines gathered the entire Toronto Raptors team for workouts in LA and had James Harden show up as well.

Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) watches from the bench as the 76ers fall behind the Boston Celtics during the second half of Game 7 in the NBA basketball Eastern Conference semifinal playoff series, Sunday, May 14, 2023, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Not only is Nurse building his staff with coaches that players respect and have connections with, but he is also building his staff with coaches who can help players take a leap of improvement. Hines will be counted on to help get Sixers players like Tyrese Maxey to the next level, but also provide a level of comfort for impending free agents like James Harden.

AP Photo/Nell Redmond, File)