Former EuroLeague MVP joins Sixers coaching staff

2019-06-27T09:08:02+00:00 2019-06-27T15:00:00+00:00.

Giannis Askounis

27/Jun/19 09:08

A former EuroLeague MVP was named assistant coach on the Philadelphia 76ers.

By John Askounis/

The Philadelphia 76ers GM, Elton Brand, announced on Wednesday that former EuroLeague MVP Joseph Blair has joined the organization as an assistant coach, together with Ime Udoka. Both players spent a part of their career in Europe.

Blair, 45, is recently led the Rio Grande Valley Vipers to the 2019 G League Championship after spending a couple of seasons with Arizona in the NCAA. His playing years sent him to France with Pau-Orthez, Italy with Biella, Pesaro and Milan, Greece with PAOK, Turkey with Ulker (with which he was named EuroLeague regular season MVP in 2003) and Russia with Primorje and Spartak Saint-Petersburg, played in the USBL and performed with the Harlem Globetrotters as well.

Udoka, 41, was added to Brett Brown’s staff after seven seasons with the San Antonio Spurs. The Nigerian-American previously played seven seasons in the NBA, competed in Spain with Gran Canaria and UCAM Murcia, and France with Vichy, also in the G League, Argentina and the USBL. He also represented Nigeria in various FIBA competitions.