ESPN's Chris Broussard reports that the Sixers have asked for and received permission to interview Bulls assistant coaches Ed Pinckney and Adrian Griffin. He also reports that the 76ers also remain interested in Nuggets assistant coach Melvin Hunt.
Pinckney, 50, is a local legend among Big 5 fans. He attended Villanova from 1981-1985 and led the Wildcats to the 1985 National Championship over the heavily favored Georgetown Hoyas and future NBA Hall of Famer, Patrick Ewing. He was voted the Most Outstanding Player of the 1985 NCAA tournament. He later played with the Sixers for a few months in 1996. Pinckney served as an assistant at Villanova from 2003-07 then moved to the NBA to be an assistant with Minnesota from 2007-10. Since 2010, he has been an assistant on Tom Thibodeau's staff in Chicago.
Griffin, 39, played nine NBA seasons between 1999-2008 making stops with the Boston Celtics, Dallas Mavericks, Bulls, and Seattle Supersonics. When he was released by the Supersonics in 2008, he was hired by the Milwaukee Bucks to be an assistant under head coach Scott Skiles. Griffin worked under Skiles for two seasons before joining Thibodeau's staff with the Bulls in 2010.
Hunt, 43, has spent the last three years as the Nuggets top assistant coach. Prior to joining Denver, Hunt spent five seasons as a top assistant of the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Baylor-graduate also spent time as assistants with the Los Angeles Lakers and Houston Rockets.
It's been 89 days since Doug Collins stepped down as head coach and the team has been virtually silent on the matter. The only thing we've heard was a (apparently bogus) report that the Sixers hired Spurs assistant coach Brett Brown. The longer the coaching search goes on, the more it is expected to help current assistant Michael Curry.
We shall see.
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