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Doug Collins, Avery Johnson in Sixers set up second round of coach interviews

May 17, 2010, 9:06 AM EST

Thumbnail image for sixers-logo.jpgThe preliminaries are over — the Philadelphia 76ers are getting serious about a new coach now.

They did their due diligence and interviewed virtually everybody living east of the Mississippi River. Then they flew to Phoenix and interviewed Doug Collins.

Now that the team brass has enough frequent flier miles for that vacation to Hawaii, time to get on to the second round of coaching interviews, according to the Philadelphia Daily News.

Collins, Avery Johnson and former Raptors coach Sam Mitchell are the three that made the cut, according to the report. All three are former NBA head coaches looking for another shot.

The report states that Collins remains the front-runner for the job. The current TNT analyst has coach the Bulls (during the Michael Jordan era, just before Phil Jackson), the Detroit Pistons and the Washington Wizards.

Collins, based on the history of his teams, is not likely to bring a more uptempo style to the City of Brotherly Love.

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