It’s been over two weeks since the Sixers started their head coaching search. The result: two interviews, a few candidates self selecting themselves out and some rumors of upcoming interviews.
Previously I had been keeping tabs on all the rumors and interviews on my massive Sixers head coaching resource, but that started to get too messy.
This post will be dedicated to keep track of all that going forward – and a poll!
Doug Collins on 5/1/10 – Stefanski meet with Doug Collins about the our coaching position and apparently Collins interest level is genuine…
“The Sixers hold a special place in my heart. I was part of a rebuilding program there and eventually went to the Finals with them. The idea of again being part of a rebuilding program there is intriguing.” ~ Doug Collins
Avery Johnson on 5/3/10 – Is it just due diligence or would they actually hire Johnson?
Sam Mitchell on 5/9/10 – Interview with Dei Lynam
Bill Laimbeer on 5/9/10 - Seriously, Stefanski? Laimbeer? He is expected to be interviewed tomorrow. Everyone knows him from his days as the baddest of the “bad boys” as a player. He lead the Detroit Shock (WNBA) to two championships and was an assistant to Kurt Rambis in Minnesota last year. He’s been pretty vocal about wanting to become an NBA head coach and started his quest to that end last year.
Dan Majerle - From completely off the radar to directly on it, “Thunder” Dan is being targeted by the Sixers. They have asked for permission to talk with him and that could take place after the game 4 of the Suns/Spurs playoff series. His coaching experience? 2 years as an assistant with the Suns. Prior to that he was in the Suns broadcast booth.
Monty Williams – Ex-Sixer and current Portland Trailblazer assistant is rumored to be getting an interview as early as Monday the 10th. Why, I don’t know.
Elston Turner – The Houston Rockets assistant and long time side man for Rick Adelman. He has a similar story as Thibodeau in that he is well regarded as an assistant with a lot of experience but has interviewed for many head coaching jobs but has yet to land one.
Rumored To Be on The Interview Waiting List
Dwayne Casey – There isn’t any rush to interview him again since they met with him twice last year, but he is also on the list.
Tom Thibodeau – Danny Ainge has given teams permission to interview Thibodeau for coaching openings during the Celtics playoff run.
- Jeff Van Gundy’s endorsement of Thibodeau
- Ass backwards reason why Thibodeau hasn’t gotten a head coaching job yet
Mike Budenholzer – 3 seasons as the lead assistant under Greg Popovich, 14 years as an assistant and 16 total years with the Spurs. hired directly by Popovich, do I need to say anymore?
- Case made for Budenholzer as the King’s coach last year before they hired Paul Westphal
Mike Fratello – He apparently wants to get back in coaching and will be interviewing for the Hornets job. He has also been rumored in connection with the Sixers as well. I actually think they will interview him if the more seasoned coaching start opting out.
Off the List
Mark Jackson has declined the opportunity to interview with the Sixers. Good! I didn’t want him anyway. I don’t understand why he thinks he can just sit around and just become a head coach without first going through the assistant ranks. Just because you were a player doesn’t make you qualified to be a coach.
Byron Scott reportedly will not be interviewed and is not a candidate for the head coaching job. ~ Fagan
Jeff Van Gundy told Stefanski that he was not interested in returning to coaching at the moment. But if he were interested in coaching again, he would be intrigued by the Sixers’ talent base. Really?
Of the “real” coaching candidates for the Sixers job, who do you want?
Note: You can vote up to 3 times. The purpose of that ability is I might add more candidates as they emerge and you can essentially pick your top 3.