Hibbert and Jamison Transitioning into Coaching, Front Office Roles
Both Roy Hibbert and Antawn Jamison have had great NBA careers as players.
Jamison enjoyed a lengthy 16 year career in which he cracked two NBA All-Star rosters, building up a reputation as a potent offensive threat. Meanwhile, Hibbert had a nine year career in which he established himself as a defensive anchor for a few really good Indiana Pacers teams. Similar to Jamison, he cracked two All-Star teams.
Now, as the two men have moved on from their playing days, they were both unwilling to let their time in the NBA come to an end.
Earlier in the week, the Philadelphia 76ers announced that they have hired Hibbert as a player development coach. As a center in a time that the game was changing on the fly, Hibbert failed to adapt his game, but has maintained that he is happy with the successes he has had in the NBA, stating he is ready to move on and enter coaching.
“To tell you the truth, you know, I was the 17th pick (in the 2008 NBA Draft). I was a two-time All-Star and played at a high level. And then, just, you know things change and you try to adapt, space the floor,” Hibbert said. “I left at a time where I made good money. I have a family. I’m content. I just want to be a coach and hopefully, give back to younger generations.”
Meanwhile, on August 14, the Washington Wizards announced that they have hired Jamison as the team’s new Director of Pro Personnel.
“We are absolutely thrilled to bring Antawn back to the Wizards organization,” said Wizards General Manager Tommy Sheppard. “In addition to his strong feel for the game and basketball knowledge, he has always been a true professional and a dedicated worker. We look forward to him bringing those qualities to our front office.”
Jamison joins the Wizards front office after spending six seasons in Washington as a player.