Davis Named 76ers Coach
PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ Johnny Davis, a former Portland Trail Blazers assistant coach and 10-year NBA player, was named head coach of the Philadelphia 76ers today.
``It’s rare to find somebody who can be defined as uniquely qualified, but those are the words that accurately describe Johnny Davis,″ new general manager Brad Greenberg said in a statement. ``Johnny has a multitude of NBA experience _ 19 years in all. He’s a man of the highest integrity.″
Davis worked for Greenberg when the general manager was in the Trail Blazers’ front office.
Davis, who interviewed for the coaching vacancy two weeks ago, met with Greenberg and new owner Pat Croce for more than two hours Thursday. Terms of the contract were not announced.
Davis was a rookie guard with Portland in 1977 when the Blazers beat the 76ers for the NBA championship.
``I was instrumental in taking a championship away from the 76ers and the city of Philadelphia,″ Davis said. ``Now I want to be instrumental in bringing a championship basketball team back to the Delaware Valley.″
He also played with Indiana, Atlanta and Cleveland. He has been an assistant with Atlanta, the Los Angeles Clippers and Portland for six seasons.
Davis replaces John Lucas, who was fired May 13 after the team finished 18-64, the second-worst record in the NBA last season. He is the team’s 17th coach, and the sixth in the 11 years since Billy Cunningham retired.
Davis joined the Portland staff in 1994 with new coach P.J. Carlesimo, who hired him in part on the recommendation of Greenberg, then the Blazers’ interim general manager.