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Episode 225: Popeye Jones, How To Teach A Routine To Become A Pro
Episode 22520th July 2022 • The Basketball Podcast • Chris Oliver
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Guest: Popeye Jones, Denver Nuggets Assistant Coach


Denver Nuggets assistant coach Popeye Jones joins the Basketball Podcast to share insights on how to teach a routine to become a pro.


Popeye Jones was selected by the Houston Rockets in the second round (41st overall) of the 1992 NBA draft, but his rights were traded to the Dallas Mavericks. After playing professionally in Europe for a season, he played for the Mavericks for three seasons until being traded to the Toronto Raptors. Jones also played with the Boston Celtics, Denver Nuggets, Washington Wizards and Golden State Warriors.


After spending 11 seasons in the NBA as a player, he pursued his career as a basketball coach. He started as a player development coach for the Dallas Mavericks. After three seasons (2007-10) as a player development coach, Jones got a real job as a coach with Brooklyn Nets.


On August 14, 2013, he was hired as an assistant coach for the Indiana Pacers. Jones worked with All-Stars like Roy Hibbert and Paul George and reached the Eastern Conference Finals his first two years with the team. On November 9, 2020, the Philadelphia 76ers hired Jones as an assistant coach under Doc Rivers. On August 23, 2021, the Denver Nuggets announced that they had hired Jones as assistant coach.



1:00 - Learnings From Hockey

3:00 - Onboarding

6:30 - Necessities in a Routine

12:30 - Team Culture

14:15 - 14:53 - JUST PLAY AD

15:30 - Referring to Other Players

17:30 - Rookie Moving From NCAA to NBA

22:30 - Evaluating Process

27:30 - Branding of Players

30:00 - How to Motivate his Players

32:45 - 33:28 - DR. DISH AD

33:30 - Importance of Mentor

36:00 - Shooting Routine

38:30 - Modern Game

41:00 - Dallas New Practice Facility

44:30 - Financial Planning

46:00 - Adding Value

50:00 - Don Nelson

54:00 - Leonard Hamilton

55:00 - Doc Rivers


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