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Philadelphia coaching search focused on Doug Collins

May 13, 2010, 9:29 AM EST

sixers-logo.jpgThe Philadelphia coaching search has settled in on Doug Collins as the leading candidate — another recycled coach rather than a team giving a top assistant a shot.

The two sides have talked almost every other day since their May 1 meeting, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. While Sixers General Manager Ed Stefanski has interviewed five other candidates since he met with Collins, that first interview and subsequent talks have pushed Collins to the forefront, the report says.

Collins is currently and analyst for TNT, but before that he was the coach before Phil Jackson in Chicago and also had stints with Pistons and Wizards. And he’s a good coach and a solid choice. But teams seem to be focused on finding guys with NBA head coaching experience — meaning they were fired from somewhere at least once — rather than giving a new guy a shot. Just part of the risk averse NBA management style.

The biggest uncertainty in all of this may be Stefanski himself, whose job is considered to be in jeopardy. That said, the owners have let him continue on with the coaching search, a sign they may not be looking to make a change.

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