Brian will NOT be back
John Loyer, a Pistons assistant under Lawrence Frank, worked for Maurice Cheeks in both Portland and Philadelphia. I suppose Loyer will help the team transition to the new staff. His specialty under Frank was offense, and he also worked with wings and stretch fours.
Brian Hill was a holdover from the John Kuester staff, and under Frank, he specialized in defense. Hill also had a disastrous stint as acting head coach last season when Frank returned to New Jersey to attend to his sick wife, though few assistants could succeed in that position.
As far as the potential new blood, Aaron McKie is a Philadelphia institution who played high school, college (Temple) and professional basketball there. He began as a 76ers assistant coach under Cheeks and remained on staff under Tony DiLeo, Eddie Jordan and Doug Collins. Philadelphia has a new general manager hired from Houston, so McKie might have lost his lifetime pass to work for the 76ers. Locally, his name was at least mentioned by reporters speculating on head-coaching candidates, and his professionalism and on-court smarts as a player always seemed high. Though his positives seem to overlap with Cheeks’ and therefore might provide diminishing returns, McKie has the profile of a good assistant coach. It doesn’t matter to me here, but he also played for the Pistons.
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