After another failed attempt to reach the NBA Finals, or even the Eastern Conference Finals, for that matter, the Philadelphia 76ers have moved on from veteran head coach Doc Rivers.
With Rivers being shown the door in Philadelphia, the storied franchise had an opportunity to start fresh, with some intriguing options at head coach around the league.
Perhaps the biggest name on the open market at head coach was Nick Nurse, formerly of the Toronto Raptors, and it didn’t take long for Daryl Morey and company to speak to the one-time NBA champion and convince him to be Rivers’ successor in Philadelphia.
On Thursday, ahead of Game 1 of the Finals, the 76ers officially introduced Nurse as their new head coach and took to Twitter with the following pictures of their new leader on the sideline.
signed, sealed, delivered. he’s ours. pic.twitter.com/GtZkV6D0YE
— Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) June 1, 2023
Although the 76ers are, without a doubt, a legitimate title contender moving forward, Nurse still has a lot of work to do to get this team ready to compete for next season, with some major questions about the roster heading into the summer.
The biggest question is the immediate future of superstar guard James Harden, who has been rumored to want to leave the team in favor of joining his former team in the Houston Rockets.
Figuring out the Harden situation will be the first order of business for Morey and Nurse as they try to figure out what direction to go with the NBA offseason already underway for Philadelphia.
Priority No. 1 will be making reigning NBA MVP Joel Embiid happy and either re-signing or replacing Harden in NBA free agency.NEXT: Nick Nurse Explains Why He Took The 76ers Job