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Sixers receive permission to interview Heat assistant coach David Fizdale

Jul 16, 2013, 11:28 PM EDT

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The Philadelphia 76ers are the lone NBA team without a head coach at this relatively late stage of the offseason, but it appears as though the search is intensifying.

From Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports:

The Philadelphia 76ers have received permission to interview Miami Heat assistant coach David Fizdale for their head coach opening, sources told Yahoo! Sports.

Fizdale has been with the Miami Heat the past five seasons, which has included three NBA Finals trips and two championships. His responsibilities with the Heat included scouting, player development and game preparation.

The former University of San Diego basketball player spent the previous five seasons as an assistant with the Golden State Warriors and the Atlanta Hawks.

Fizdale will be the fourth NBA assistant coach recently added to the list of those in the running for the job in Philadelphia.

Celtics assistant Jay Larranaga, along with Bulls assistants Ed Pinckney and Adrian Griffin, are all reportedly being considered.

The lack of big names or retreads on the list speaks to the state of things with the Sixers heading into next season. In a rebuilding situation, it makes sense to bring in a younger head coaching candidate that has the patience to teach and develop at the NBA level — a quality that is possessed by each of these candidates.

  1. phillyphannn83 - Jul 17, 2013 at 1:18 AM

    “His responsibilities with the Heat included scouting, player development and game preparation.”

    These 3 coaching responsibilities sound pretty far down the ladder of coaching importance. Sounds like just a guy riding the coattails of his employers success. Probably wouldn’t be getting an interview if Miami never got LeBron. This has been such a depressing time in 6ers history. How the eff do we still not have a head coach this late in the game? Its so pathetic.

    • ryanrockzzz - Jul 17, 2013 at 10:02 AM

      I dont know, I don’t really think it matters who they hire. I think Hinkie knows that also, which is why he doesn’t mind taking a long time to bring someone in. Make no mistake, this is also Hinkie’s reaffirmation that HE is running this whole show. Whoever they get is going to be a young coach, who can work with younger players for a year or two until he gets fired once this team has the pieces in place. My bet is still on Curry since they just have to give him a small raise and can fire him after this year. He’s also been coaching the summer league team as well.

      This team will stink, much like the Celtics under the 1st year of Doc Rivers. Hopefully, they’ll get better over time and if they still have the same coach, he’ll look better naturally. NBA is a player’s league and coaches are always overvalued.

  2. patfic15 - Jul 17, 2013 at 4:11 AM

    He’s awesome at whining..

  3. therealtrenches - Jul 17, 2013 at 7:57 AM

    @phillyphann83: sorry you didn’t get your unicorn, ya big baby.

    This is a youth movement and the sixers are right to be deliberate in their search for someone who can teach these kids.

    They won’t be competitive for at least a few years. Will you be whining because it’s not 1983 the whole time?

  4. barkley4life - Jul 17, 2013 at 10:22 AM

    If you don’t understand the Sixers approach then you’re clueless. Also player development and ge preparation are beyond valuable and not low on the ladder.
    Seriously PBT should only allo

  5. miamatt - Jul 17, 2013 at 11:11 AM

    Good for Fiz, I hope he gets the job. He’s paid his dues…

    For what it’s worth to those who aren’t familiar, it is no small thing that he has emerged as Miami’s lead assistant the past couple of years after only 5 years in the organization. The vast majority of the Heat’s assistant coaches have been there FOREVER. I mean, Bob McAdoo has been on the Heat sideline for 18 years! Then there is Ron Rothstein, who was their EXPANSION head coach 25 years ago…

    What I’m saying is that if Spoelstra stepped down, Fizdale appears to be the guy Riley would tag to take over. That doesn’t mean he’ll make a great head coach, but I’d say he is as strong an unproven candidate as you’ll find.

  6. phillyphannn83 - Jul 17, 2013 at 12:21 PM

    Oh excuse me, I missed the part where the heat have won championships because of their “player development” achievements. They’ve never been a team built around the draft, which is exactly what the Sixer’s will have to be moving forward. Aside from Wade, they traded for their already developed players. And if you saw Wade at Marquette you’d know he didn’t need much “development.” BTW, game prep can also mean making sure the coach’s clipboard and pen are where they need to be. It doesn’t(and in this case, most likely doesn’t) always mean X’s and O’s.

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