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Oh By the Way, 76ers Still Without a Head Coach – Does It Matter or No?

Aug 5, 2013, 4:00 PM EDT


It’s a slow news day. The Phillies are off tonight and have drifted deep into no man’s land anyway, the Eagles held another open practice today at the Linc earlier but kept things light, and the Flyers and 76ers are firmly entrenched in their respective offseasons.

That being said, we could probably talk about the Sixers every day right now if we really wanted to because they still have not hired a head coach to replace Doug Collins. It’s been 110 days since Collins resigned on April 18, and Philadelphia is the only team in the NBA that doesn’t have that role nailed down. This situation is pretty much unheard of.

We’re not exactly sure what the hold-up is, either. It’s widely assumed general manager Sam Hinkie could hand the job to Michael Curry, who has been with the organization for a few seasons and ran the Sixers during this year’s summer league. San Antonio Spurs assistant Brett Brown reportedly remains an option as well, as are a few others.

Why one or the other or anybody hasn’t been settled upon yet is anyone’s guess, but that combined with the Sixers’ newfound lack of transparency under Hinkie has been the source of some angst in the media. If the franchise is trying to erase the perception that they are a laughingstock, a long, bumbling, and directionless coaching search isn’t helping any we’re told.

Ultimately what talking heads and depressed fans have to ask themselves though is whether it really matters – and not just whether it matters that they don’t have a coach yet, but how much it matters who does finally get named to the post. The Sixers aren’t going to be good for awhile. Will the next head coach even still be here when things do finally turn around?

Not that it doesn’t matter at all, because whoever is here for the next few seasons will be influential in the development of Nerlens Noel, Michael Carter-Williams, and other young, impressionable players. In terms of the grand scheme though, is this hire definitely or even probably going to be the guy who eventually leads the team back to the playoffs? On their next meaningful run?

In that sense, does it matter who the Sixers eventually settle on? Does it matter they don’t have that person now when they’re in the thick of the offseason?

Just thinking out loud here, Sixers faithful. Do you think the seemingly neglected coaching search is an issue for the 76ers at all? What do you think the shelf life is on whoever that person is going to be? And is this a situation that should concern the fan base at all?

  1. rhettbogan - Aug 5, 2013 at 5:47 PM

    Really? Why should The Sixers care One Bit about what you or those other sports sensationalist perceive them as. As a long time Sixer fan i’ve seen the best and the worst of them. But never have I seen such a poor as job of reporting sports as I see these days. All of you dudes just say the same ol’ shit. It’s like you all just ride on the coat tails of whatever the first guy writes. Damn I miss the old school reporters who all had ther own thoughts and opinions and actually acted like adults insted of a bunch of little school girls gossiping about shit. Damn, you dudes are just SORRY!

    • brettswiz - Aug 5, 2013 at 7:10 PM

      rhettbogan also forgot to mention that Reagan was our greatest president, no one can top Frank Sinatra, and to please stop stepping on his lawn.

      Sorry to bust your bubble, but this is how the 21st century of journalism is going to be. Access to sports information is available 24/7, causing stories and blogs like these to regurgitate old stories. If anything, the writers of this blog do an excellent job of keeping all the Philadelphia teams relevant.

      As for a Sixers coach, it would be nice to have someone who will be around to teach the younger players the ropes for a couple of seasons. Unfortunately, I doubt the new hire will last longer than two years.

      • galasso2586 - Aug 6, 2013 at 8:49 AM

        Well, lets be honest, nobody can top Frank Sinatra

  2. Lol - Aug 5, 2013 at 10:29 PM

    The head coach position should rotate between random WIP contest call in winners. Entry rules stipulate that you can’t have any relatives who work and WIP and your first name has to end in the letter y.

    • Andrew W - Aug 5, 2013 at 11:11 PM

      Worked for the Knicks:

    • BenE. - Aug 6, 2013 at 12:17 AM


  3. Mostel - Aug 6, 2013 at 5:42 AM

    We could go old school for our coach.

  4. hitnrun - Aug 6, 2013 at 9:27 AM

    People have been jokingly suggesting Allen Iverson. I really wouldn’t mind it, except that I don’t think he’d be a particularly good influence on the younger players.

    The next coach needs to be bad or the Sixers will miss out on the best draft pick in a year where Greg Popovich couldn’t get them within 10 games of .500. It’s not really fair to the new guy – everyone, including us, is going to Know that He Sucks, even though he has no chance at all – so why take it seriously?

    Give it to a someone who will teach work ethic and fundamentals to the young guys. A former player like Eric Snow, or a promising assistant who needs the profile boost.

    • wmcgar01 - Aug 6, 2013 at 10:55 AM

      I don’t think that the coach will impact the team’s record this coming season at all. The roster’s absolute lack of talent, depth and experience should guarantee us a spot at the bottom of the standings. On that note, I also do not think it makes any sense to go after a stud-calibre guy just to have him lose for the next three plus seasons.

      What about Kevin Ollie? Like Snow, he would be great for fundamentals and teaching “the right way.” Also has had a pretty damn good run at UConn since taking over amidst the violations and controversy. His Sixers heritage can’t hurt either.


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