Philadelphia 76ers Not So Surprisingly Drop Assistant Coaches
Rebuilding mode looks to be in full effect with newly appointed Philadelphia 76ers head coach Brett Brown looking to replace the previous coaching staff. The Sixers announced they will not bring back Michael Curry, former Sixer Aaron McKie and Jeff Capel.
This move will give the Sixers a completely new look and direction, but also removes the coaches who have been with the team awhile. Brown stated he is looking to start fresh and is looking to build his own staff.
The biggest surprise is letting Curry go. He was one of the runner-ups for the Sixers coaching gig. He was a coach who had a good relationship and effect on the players.
As for McKie, he was a former NBA Sixth Man of the Year during the Allen Iverson years with the Sixers and would have been a positive influence on the young guards as well as help develop fellow Temple alum, Lavoy Allen.
Another surprise was relieving Capel, who has been on the staff since 2011. He previously was on the coaching staff of the Charlotte Bobcats.
While this move is somewhat of a surprise, it shouldn’t be a complete shocked since newly hired coaches usually replace the previous staff to one they’re familiar with. All three coaches will probably be hired elsewhere. McKie is already rumored to be a candidate for Sixers D-League affiliate Delaware 87ers, who don’t have a roster yet or even a head coach. It would be a good way for McKie to start out as a head coach.
Clubs will look at Curry, who is a highly-regarded coach around the league. As for Capel, he may also get his chance with a D-League or NCAA team.