Indiana hires ex-NBA journeyman Popeye Jones as assistant coach


popeye-jones-raptorsThe Indiana Pacers have hired former NBA power forward-center, journeyman Ronald “Popeye” Jones as assistant coach, AP reported.

Indiana lost Brian Shaw to Denver and Jim Boylen to San Antonio earlier this summer. Indiana lost Brian Shaw to Denver and Jim Boylen to San Antonio earlier this summer.

Jones spent the last three seasons with the Nets, the first year in player development and the last two as an assistant coach. He worked for Dallas in player development the previous three seasons.

The Murray State alum was Houston’s second-round draft pick in 1992 then was traded to Dallas.

Jones played one season in Europe before returning to Dallas in 1993 and wound up making stops with Toronto, Boston, Denver, Washington and Golden State before retiring in 2004.

Jones averaged stable double-double for Dallas Mavericks for 2 straight seasons (10.3 ppg – 10.6 rpg and 11.3 ppg – 10.8 rpg) in 94-95 and 95-96 seasons.

Jones also grabbed most offensive rebounds in the NBA (329) during the 94-95 season.

Career wise, Jones appeared in 535 NBA games (starting in 304), averaging 7 ppg, 7.4 rpg in 23.5 minutes per game.

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