Philadelphia 76ers Coach Search: Mark Malone, Jeff Hornacek to Interview

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Let’s forget about 2012 and every bit of professional basketball played in 2013 in Philly.

After Doug Collins resigned, Andrew Bynum sat around and grew out his hair, Evan Turner continued not to deliver on the value of a No. 2 overall selection and a year of high expectations sunk to missing the playoffs for the first time in three years, the Philadelphia 76ers can now look ahead — and nothing says “fresh start” like finding the next great head coach.

Indiana Pacers assistant Brian Shaw initially emerged as the top candidate for the Sixers head coaching vacancy, but two more are in the mix now according to Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnaroski: “The Philadelphia 76ers have received permission to interview Golden State Warriors assistant Mike Malone and Utah Jazz assistant Jeff Hornacek for the franchise’s head-coaching vacancy, league sources told Yahoo! Sports. Malone is considered a serious candidate for the Sixers job. The Sixers have been doing a great deal of research on Malone and getting excellent feedback, sources said.”

Malone is currently Mark Jackson‘s top assistant with Golden State and the highest-paid assistant in the league. It will be interesting to see how Golden State’s upset of the Denver Nuggets and run into the Western Conference semifinals will affect the hiring time frame for both sides.

Hornacek might have to do some waiting of his own. While he is a former 76er, he got his start in the NBA with the Phoenix Suns and would have to wait for their hiring of a general manager before learning more about his candidacy.

Thomas Emerick is a Senior Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @ThomasEmerick, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google

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