Waiting to hear back on your next dream job is a lot less stressful than being one of the candidates for the next head coach with the Philadelphia 76ers. They’re still the only NBA franchise without a coach. They are conducting their second round of interviews, according to a report on Philly.com.
The indecisiveness seems to indicate the Sixers have other priorities and shows management’s lack of direction with this team.
Though reports seem like all signs point to San Antonio Spurs’ assistant coach Brett Brown, Sixers’ GM Sam Hinkie would rather think it out before committing long-term to a new head coach. Sixers’ associate coach Michael Curry, Boston Celtics’ Jay Larranaga, Atlanta Hawks’ Kenny Atkinson, Chicago Bulls’ Adrian Griffin and Portland Trailblazers’ David Vanterpool are also in the running.
Hinkie will need to assess whether the coaches on the list will get along with the current roster, develop the younger talent, the players will fit the system and also if the new coach will stay for the long-run. He probably won’t look to hire another Larry Brown who bounces from team to team once he feels they have maximized their success.
So far, all the reports seem to indicate Brown and Curry are the leading candidates. Both seem to be good fits. Brown has multiple NBA rings during his tenure with the Spurs and Curry already has an establish relationship with most of the roster and has coached them during Doug Collins’ absence.
The Sixers need to decide soon since training camp begins next month. Expect a decision to be made by next week.