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Report: Sixers interested in Fizdale, Hunt, Joerger as coach

Jun 8, 2013, 10:00 PM EDT

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Brand new Sixers GM Sam Hinkie knows he has a rebuilding project on his hands, and he apparently wants a young coach to be part of that.

It may well be after the draft before a coach is named for the Sixers, but the list that is starting to surface are all assistants looking to make the leap up to the big chair.

The first report came from Marc Stein of ESPN.

Fizdale is busy with his team in the NBA Finals for the third straight year, but other teams have contacted him in previous years, such as by the Blazers last summer. Hunt’s situation is a little more in flux because the entire Nuggets basketball operations is now in flux.

Dei Lynam of CSNPhilly.com threw out another name.

Another name that has surfaced as a possible candidate for the Sixers is Memphis assistant coach Dave Joerger. The 39-year-old was a head coach in the International Basketball League, the Continental Basketball League and the NBDL before joining Lionel Hollins’ staff in 2007. In his career, Joerger coached five championship teams. Yes, Joerger has won all his championships in the minor leagues but five titles is impressive.

Joerger is also the guy the Grizzlies are expected to try to hire if they can’t work out a deal with Lionel Hollins. Joerger has been cleared to talk to other teams, but he is being patient with the process.

As are the 76ers.

  1. thekingdave - Jun 9, 2013 at 12:19 AM

    Fizdale. Done deal.

  2. jadaruler - Jun 9, 2013 at 12:41 PM

    It should be Fizdale, but will teams be patient enough to wait on him.

  3. tcclark - Jun 10, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    I like Joerger. The Grizzlies have made a huge turn around and a winner like Joerger is something Philadelphia needs. Coaches who know how to win (no matter the league) are so important in this league. Having won 5 championships in Basketball before he’s forty is really impressive. Sign him up.

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