According to a report from the Philadelphia Inquirer, sources close to the situation have said that new Philadelphia 76ers general manager Sam Hinkie will wait until after the 2013 NBA Draft to select his new head coach.
This is Hinkie’s first rodeo, as he came over from the Houston Rockets, where he was an assistant to Daryl Morey. Because of this, I would say Hinkie is trying to do too much and have too much of a say by waiting to select the head coach.
By delaying this process, Hinkie is putting all of the responsibility on himself to decide which players to draft. While some might argue that Hinkie should have the final say in which guys make the roster — since it is his first year as GM — he should be working with a coach, and they should do this together.
In addition, if the team waits to hire a coach until June 27, they are only leaving four days until free agency starts. That means you’re giving a head coach only four days to decide what kind of pitch they are going to make to Andrew Bynum. Such a monumental, franchise-altering decision needs more preparation and more voices than just the general manager.
Lastly, the Sixers job itself is not one that is very glorious. So the longer the team waits to choose a head coach, the less options there will be. Half of the head coaching vacancies have already been filled and more will be filled as time goes on, leaving a lot of the top choices unavailable by the time the Sixers start the process.
To sum it up, it looks like Hinkie really wants this to be his team, he wants to handle the roster and the draft and hand deliver the players to his handpicked coach. While it is good to see that he wants to take control and to have the organization on the same page as to who is in charge, I don’t see it wise to have a first time GM build a future without a coach right by his side.