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Sixers Assistant resigns to undergo cancer treatment

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The Philadelphia 76ers will have to forego the pitch against the Utah Jazz on Tuesday. Assistant coach Dave Joerger, a fixture on the NBA scene since 2006, has left the team to undergo radiation and chemotherapy for cancer.

Joerger informed Sixers players, assistants and staff that he had been diagnosed with “head and neck cancer” at a meeting following Philly’s 118-113 loss to the Indiana Pacers on Saturday. He’s been on treatment for two weeks.

Adrian Wojnarowski from ESPN was the first to report on Jörger’s health situation. In a podcast recorded on Wednesday with Woj, the 47-year-old gave a positive outlook on his prognosis.

“We caught it early,” said Jörger. “I’m very happy. I have over 90% chance of recovery, but it’s very scary and no fun. … I can’t go out on the streets and have radiation and chemotherapy in different cities across the country. To continue my treatment, I have to move away from the team. “

According to the ESPN report, Joerger noticed a lump in his throat about 15 months ago, but the first scan was negative. It continued to bother him, however, and so Joerger had it checked again five weeks ago.

Shortly after Wojnarowski’s report was published, the Sixers published official statements from Jörg and others. In his own testimony, Jörger expressed his confidence in his ability to fight the disease while advocating the importance of self-care:

The statement from Sixers coach Doc Rivers:

Elsewhere, a number of Sixers players expressed their support for Joerger through social media.

“Coach, I know you will beat that. I know you will be fine YOU are not alone and never will be. I send a lot of love to you and your family, ”tweeted Furkan Korkmaz.

“Prayers to coach! Know that he will beat that and come back stronger than ever! ”Added Georges Niang.

“One of the greatest people I’ve come across and he’s going to win this battle because he’s a warrior …” tweeted Danny Green. “Many prayers for coach Joerger and his family.”

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At the end of his tenure as a college player in 1997, Joerger joined the Dakota Wizards of the International Basketball Association as general manager of the team. He later became an assistant and eventually took on chief coaching tasks. In the meantime, the wizards of the CBA and later the D-League of the NBA joined.

In 2007, Memphis Grizzlies coach Marc Iavaroni brought Joerger as assistant, a position he continued to hold as the team moved into the Lionel Hollins era. In 2013 he finally got his big hit and replaced Hollins as head coach.

During his three years at the helm in Memphis, Joerger had a coaching record of 147-99. He also secured playoff berths every three years.

Joerger became the head coach of the Sacramento Kings in 2016 and posted a record 98: 148 over three seasons. He would join the Sixers as an assistant in November 2020.

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During his three years at the helm in Memphis, Joerger had a coaching record of 147-99. He also secured playoff berths every three years.



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