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Who’s next as 76ers head coach? How about some Curry? Or Mike Brown?

Apr 15, 2013, 12:10 PM EDT

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Doug Collins is stepping down. Oh, he could be back with the Sixers next season in some kind of front office role or as a consultant — the two sides will find some kind of buyout and graceful exit for him — but he will not be grinding the players in practice and storming the sidelines in games.

So who is next?

Philadelphia is a rebuilding team (unless you think Andrew Bynum comes back healthy next year and dominates… go ahead and bet on that). So they need to find a coach suited to that role, one who relates and can guide young players. Here’s a list of likely candidates.

• Michael Curry (current 76ers lead assistant). If management wants continuity, this is the guy, as’s John Finger points out.

When Collins was ousted as coach in Detroit in 1998, he lobbied for his top assistant, Alvin Gentry, to take his place. Undoubtedly, Collins will push just as hard for Curry to be his successor this time around, too.

Curry has a good relationship with the players and he has been a head coach before — he got the 2009 Pistons into the playoffs. With 39 wins, but they got into the playoffs.

• Mike Brown (former Lakers, Cavaliers head coach). Andrew Bynum had one All-Star professional season — when Mike Brown coached him. And while you would have no idea watching the Lakers this season, Mike Brown is a defense-first guy. This Sixers team with guys like Jrue Holiday and Thaddeus Young (and maybe Bynum) should be a defensive force. He can help get them there, but make sure he brings and offensive guru in as an assistant.

• Jeff/Stan Van Gundy. Their names will come up by fans of every of team looking for a coach. I don’t expect the Sixers would go this direction — both of them take over the course of the organization and I don’t get the sense that’s what Sixers ownership wants.

• Brian Shaw (current Pacers lead assistant). Shaw leads the list of assistant coaches that deserves a shot. He’s been the lead assistant under some guy named Phil Jackson (but for reasons nobody fathoms that doomed him to getting the Lakers job) and in Indiana for a strong staff under Frank Vogel. He isn’t just a triangle guy, players like him and he deserves a shot.

• Elston Turner, Patrick Ewing, Mike Budenholzer. Here are your other top assistants who deserve a shot at a top gig and would be a good hire.

• Kelvin Sampson (current Rockets assistant coach). He turned a lot of heads doing a good job with the Rockets when Kevin McHale was out this year. A guy out of the college ranks that knows how to work with young players.

• Lionel Hollins (current Grizzlies head coach). It is possible he is out in Memphis this summer — his deal ends this summer and he doesn’t seem to be on the same page as ownership and the new front office. His status likely is determined by how the Grizzlies do in the playoffs.

  1. jtchernak - Apr 15, 2013 at 12:30 PM

    That fat guy from the playoffs last year should be coach

  2. cantonbound13 - Apr 15, 2013 at 12:37 PM

    Mo Cheeks

  3. money2long - Apr 15, 2013 at 1:10 PM

    is there ever a year in recent memory where all 30 coaches from the previous season come back intact ?

  4. mungman69 - Apr 15, 2013 at 1:37 PM

    Whoever the next Sixers coach is he should be given plenty of time to work with this team. They don’t have much talent and they don’t have many draft picks. Lotsa luck.

  5. edwardemanuelson - Apr 15, 2013 at 1:41 PM

    Oh please give the job to Stan Van! The league’s a better place with a Van Gundy in it.

  6. dls612 - Apr 15, 2013 at 2:17 PM

    Mike Brown shouldn’t be in the conversation! Bob Macadoo , Brian Shawn, either of the Van Gundy brothers! I really want to see Dr J or Kareem or another legendary player coach or at least give it a try! James Worthy among others! Just wishful thinking I guess!

  7. reasonablemindsays - Apr 15, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    Stan Van Gundy or Mike Brown are my top two votes. Both may not have won championships, but like Collins, they know how to build competitive teams.

  8. Fred - Apr 15, 2013 at 3:33 PM

    Ewing and Philly fans. Sign me up!

  9. sasquash20 - Apr 15, 2013 at 6:21 PM

    I want Eddie Jordan! And here is why- The Sixers need to suck next year and suck badly. The draft class projected to come out in 2014 has 2 franchise players in it. We need a franchise player badly. Also there could be as many as 8 allstar quality players coming out.

    The Sixers pick of E.Turner set this franchise back 5 years. They should have taken Cousins or Favors. Then they never make the Bynum trade.Leaving N.Voucovik and Harkless on the team. Meaning we don’t sign Hawes, or K.Brown. The team would be younger and have a much brighter future. Sixers front office needs to be fired ASAP. Don’t let these balloon knots keep making the decisions.

  10. philadelphiafan - Apr 15, 2013 at 6:26 PM

    No thanks Mike Brown.

  11. halfbaht - Apr 15, 2013 at 7:29 PM

    If they’re going to try and get Bynum back as a sixer next year then mike brown is the obvious choice. If they’re not, then I’d go with Curry. Although I have a feeling we will be seeing brown at the helm, not necessarily seeing Bynum back though

  12. mungman69 - Apr 15, 2013 at 9:01 PM

    Fire whoever made that Bynam trade. Idiot.

    • philadelphiafan - Apr 16, 2013 at 3:58 AM

      I don’t know about you but firing the team doctors that signed off on the physical won’t bring me any satisfaction. I can’t entirely blame brass, they didn’t realize they were getting a guy with a piss poor work ethic/attitude.

  13. badintent - Apr 16, 2013 at 1:25 AM

    Give Mike Brown the UCLA job ! That way he can have Lakers drop bye for practice and develope some great homecourt talent. What LA high school player is gonna turn down Kobe telling him to sign with UCLA ?

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