After many weeks of no news on the coaching front, the Philadelphia 76ers have begun to interview a large group of mainly current NBA assistant coaches for their head coaching vacancy. Being the only team left in the NBA without a head coach, the Sixers will provide an opportunity for one of these longtime assistants to get the chance at coaching their own team.
I for one think it is another wise move by new general manager Sam Hinkie to go in this direction. I’m sure most of it is not by choice, as I doubt any of the big names like Phil Jackson, Jerry Sloan, George Karl or Lionel Hollins would be crazy enough to take this job. But with a youthful team that needs to grow the best bet is to get a coach who will be able to grow with them.
Recently some of the names that have been circulating are current assistant Michael Curry, Melvin Hunt of the Denver Nuggets, Jay Larranaga of the Boston Celtics and Adrian Griffin and Ed Pinckney from the Chicago Bulls. All of this after the rumor surfaced on draft night that San Antonio Spurs assistant Brett Brown was named head coach, but that never came to fruition.
Any of these coaches above would be a good fit for this Sixers team in particular because they have no agenda. Most of them are inexperienced when it comes to being a head coach and are hungry to make their mark in this league.
Whether it will be said officially or not, the “Tank For Wiggins” plan seems to be a go in Philadelphia. If they can land him or one of the other top prospects to pair with Nerlens Noel and Michael Carter-Williams, there is a definite future there. That’s why Hinkie has been so diligent in his coaching search and it’s been the right thing to do. Another smart move by Hinkie; now it just comes down to which assistant it will be getting the call up to head coach next season.