The team has been without a head coach since April 18th which means they have spent nearly half of the calendar year to date without a coach. Y! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the Sixers are into the second round of interviews with candidates in New York. They will interview Spurs assistant coach Brett Brown, Hawks assistant Kenny Atkinson, Bulls assistant Adrian Griffin, and Celtics assistant Jay Larranaga.
Brown, 52, has been an assistant coach on Greg Popovich's staff in San Antonio since 2002. He previously coached for 14 years, nine as a head coach, in the Australian National Basketball League and coached the Australian Olympic team. Brown interviewed with the Denver Nuggets before the team offer their head coaching job to Brian Shaw. It was reported the night of the draft that the Sixers had hired Brown but general manager Sam Hinkie quickly rebuffed the report.
Atkinson, 46, was a stand-out basketball player at the University of Richmond before playing professionally in Europe from 1991-2004. He was the Director of Player Development with the Houston Rockets from 2007-08. Atkinson joined the New York Knicks coaching staff in 2008 and was the only assistant retained when coach Mike D'Antoni resigned in March 2012. He joined the Atlanta Hawks coaching staff last August.
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.
Larranaga, 38, was an assistant on Doc Rivers' Celtics staff last season. His contract was the only one that ran beyond the 2013 season so Rivers could not take Larranaga with him to the Clippers. He is the head coach of the Irish National Team and spent two seasons coaching in the NBDL. He was an assistant coach on former NBA head coach Mike Fratello's staff with the Ukraine National Team. Larranaga is the son of University of Miami head coach Jim Larranaga.
Could there be a light at the end of the tunnel? I sure hope so.
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