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Doug Collins is first call in Philadelphia coach search

Apr 29, 2010, 8:52 AM EDT

Former NBA coach and current TNT broadcaster Doug Collins has gotten the first call about becoming head coach of the Philadelphia 76ers.

That’s according to the Philadelphia Inquirer, who said nobody else has yet been contacted by team president and general manager Ed Stefanski. However, you can bet that Collins will not be the only name to get called.

Collins coached eight NBA seasons. Most famously, he was Michael Jordan’s coach in Chicago, right up until he was replaced by some guy named Phil Jackson. Collins also had a 54-win season in Detroit and coached in Washington for two years.

The only way more rumors could have swirled around this job search is if Lindsey Lohan were a candidate.

Larry Brown’s name keeps coming up, both as coach and as team president replacing Stefanski. It’s just part of the fun of this search — Stefanski may not be long for his job, but he’s being allowed to conduct the search. So that if he is replaced the new GM can have to live with Stefanski’s decision. Brilliant.

Other names that come up include Dallas assistant Dwane Casey, (who was interviewed twice and came in second to the hiring of Eddie Jordan by Stefanski last year), Avery Johnson and Jeff Van Gundy.

  1. Utley's hair - Apr 29, 2010 at 11:02 AM

    Ah, the rites of spring are upon us. The birds are singing. The temperatures are rising. The 76ers are golfing. Doug Collins is linked to their coaching vacancy. But seriously, he has a proven record of regular-season success, at least. He knows a lot about the game. He has family in the area. Why not? It’s not like he could do any worse than Eddie Jordan, right? But while we’re at it, Phil Jackson will be coaching “somewhere” next season–why not here? We could use some Zen around here.
    By the way, isn’t this the year Stefanski promised to be in the playoffs? When he took over mid-season the first year, he said it was a lost cause, and they probably wouldn’t even make it the next one. They made it those first two seasons. And what of this year? –crickets–

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