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Charles Barkley thinks it’s “silly” Sixers don’t have a coach yet

Jul 20, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

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New Philadelphia GM Sam Hinkie is taking his time picking a coach for the Sixers. There was not one in place for the draft, not one for Summer League. He’s interviewing a handful of candidates, but there is no rush.

Sixers’ legend Charles Barkley doesn’t get it. At all.

Barkley doesn’t mince words and didn’t do so speaking with Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia on Friday.

“I think that’s one of the silliest things that I’ve seen in sports in a long time,” Barkley said on Comcast SportsNet’s Friday edition of “Philly Sports Talk.” “I’m in Philly during the summer as you know, and I’m watching and reading every day — to not have a coach under contract by now, I think that’s a joke. I don’t know what they’re waiting on. You’re playing summer-league games, people need to know who’s in charge. They got players who are playing in the summer league, they got assistant coaches coaching the team. You just can’t bring somebody in, and him have instant credibility — he has to build rapport with the players.”

Where the Sixers are in their coaching search depends on whom you ask. Thy reportedly are interviewing Heat assistant David Fizdale, Hawks assistant Quin Snyder,  Spurs assistant Brett Brown, and also Kenny Atkinson. Also Sixers assistant Michael Curry, who coached the Summer League team for Philly, is in the mix and may be the favorite.

Philly has pursued a path of getting bad to get good — they traded away All-Star point guard Jrue Holiday for the potential of Nerlens Noel. They are going the full “woeful for Wiggins” route to get a good pick in the expectedly very deep 2014 draft. Plus they will have cap room. It’s a good strategy if it works, but there are a number of teams going to go that route next season (the second half of the next season is going to be “Tankapaloza”). That strategy of being bad also buys Hinkie a few years to find some players; he doesn’t have to win now because he got ownership to buy into this plan when they hired him.

Because of that strategy the certainly had more time to get a coach in place, but it’s about time.

  1. cantonbound13 - Jul 20, 2013 at 2:16 PM

    That’s terrrrible

    • 00maltliquor - Jul 20, 2013 at 7:00 PM


    • dezglobal - Jul 20, 2013 at 10:42 PM

      He right tho

      • xeno75 - Jul 21, 2013 at 9:07 AM

        they’re tanking tho…

  2. jackntorres - Jul 20, 2013 at 2:46 PM

    For those who follow @World_Wide_Wob RT: Remember that time the 76ers traded All-Star PG Jrue Holiday to the Pelicans, for a rookie with a torn ACL?

    And to think I mentioned the 76ers as one of the most dysfunctional franchises here the other day only to be down voted at a rate of about 80%.

    Lets not talk about how they came away with less from the Bynum-Howard-Iggy-Afflalo trade than the Lakers or Nuggets. Impressive considering Howard and Iggy didn’t stay where they landed either.

    • narfmoo12 - Jul 20, 2013 at 6:31 PM

      Remember that time the Sixers set themselves up to have 4 top-10 draft picks in 2 years with a ton of cap space? I’m not a huge fan of the Sixers, but 4 top-10 picks and 1 free agent makes for a pretty good starting 5.

  3. blantoncollier - Jul 20, 2013 at 3:22 PM

    What makes this even crazier is the 76ers are going to hire a young developmental coach. Typically when a team hires a young first time head coach they want to surround them with veteran assistants. In case the top veteran assistants will be hired by the team the 76ers make a hire.

  4. whereyaat - Jul 20, 2013 at 3:35 PM

    The only explanation for that Holiday trade is that he didn’t want to be there, and made that very clear to management. Can’t really blame him, either. Doug Collins has coached some pretty bad teams in his day, and the fact that he decided to go nuclear says a lot. They should rename themselves the “Tanks,” it would save the highlight shows some time in describing the team.

    • biasedhomer - Jul 20, 2013 at 5:36 PM

      No, the only explanation for the Holiday trade is that they are taking 1 step back to move 2 steps froward.

    • cflip376 - Jul 20, 2013 at 5:38 PM

      Sixers traded him because they wanted to rebuild and he had the most trade value. We can’t rebuild with him on the roster, he wasn’t someone we could build around and would of kept us around 30 to 35 wins and out of the top 5 and also ate up cap space. Right now we have 2 top prospects from this draft and will most likely have another 2 from next years draft with plenty of cap.

  5. dls612 - Jul 20, 2013 at 3:53 PM

    Mr. Speak his mind Charles should have his own talk show! Guaranteed that show would have great ratings!

    • anythingbutyanks - Jul 21, 2013 at 10:35 AM

      I agree that it would make for entertaining viewing, but the very fact that he speaks his mind with no filter will keep a lot of potential guests of the stage. I’m sure you’ve noticed that celeb guests on talk shows get softball questions, which almost certainly would not be Sir Charles’ m.o.

    • Tess - Jul 22, 2013 at 6:10 AM

      They tried that. It died in the ratings.

  6. barkley4life - Jul 20, 2013 at 4:46 PM

    Unless you’re following the team you’re clueless with these statements. I’m born Philly fan and the Sixers are doing just fine. Jrue Holiday is an All Star in name only. He’s a talented player but he will never be even a top 5 PG and would struggle to make top 8-10.
    To come away with Noel and MCW and have a top 10 pick with the possibility of 2 in a loaded draft with top 5 salary space next year and beyond was a master stroke. You’re clueless if you think that’s dysfunctional that’s a strategic plan with thought on the future exactly what this team needs. A coach this year is not the main priority because there are still moves to be made with Turner Thad etc. with the amount of young talent this team should acquire over the next 3 years the coach may ultimately be just a holdover.
    Stop the NBA 2k mentality and think long term. You can not win without TALENT! No coach is gonna change that.
    Spare me with Iggy they got rid of a player who at his peak was a top support player never a player to carry a team. He was being paid Lebron James money.

    • jackntorres - Jul 20, 2013 at 5:29 PM

      “A coach this year is not the main priority.”

      Sounds like a strategic plan if I’ve ever heard one.

      • biasedhomer - Jul 20, 2013 at 5:38 PM

        They are trying to lose games, a coach is not a big deal. Most likely the coach would get fired or be constantly placed on the hot seat.

        Even Phil Jackson could try to coach this team, they still would be at most a 20 win team.

      • heyblueyoustink - Jul 20, 2013 at 5:50 PM

        Jack, you’re clearly not understanding what’s going on in Sixer Land, let me offer you a few things to consider:

        They traded a good point guard who was only an all star because Rondo and Rose were injured, and in return, they get a lottery pick protected up to to five, to go along with their own lottery pick. That would be a good haul on it’s own, except the also got Noel. And since you’re so worried about his knee, I present this:

        And he’s young and athletic, not overweight by any means. That makes, essentially, four lottery picks for Jrue Holiday at the end of the day.

        Yes, they’re going to be bad, and yes, I wish they would name a coach. But the fact very well could be that this coach is not *the* true coach of the future. It’s the OKC plan, not a bad one to follow, especially since they’ll also have the NBA’s version of the Holy Grail: Ultimate cap space flexibility.

        As a Sixer’s fan, I’m behind this. It’s similar to what they did in the late 90’s to ultimately become the best team in the east a few seasons to follow.

        Besides, you weren’t beating the Heat with Iggy and Holiday, not even with Red Auerbach at the helm.

    • mfsslj05 - Jul 21, 2013 at 8:17 PM

      Yeah, you’re right; but i remember when Holiday was a guy being touted as 1 of those building blocks to brighter days. Disagree w/ your assessment of him. He’s still developing, hasn’t reached his ceiling by any stretch. Think he’s got a real shot at being a perennial All-Star PG; but, certainly not untouchable. Chuckles’ heart has always been in Philly, & he’s incredibly old-school, just 1 of the reasons i luv him to death. He might not see, or maybe doesn’t agree w/ Philly’s path. It really doesn’t matter who the HC is right now, as sad as that might be. Personally, i think Curry’s the perfect guy for Philly….we’ll see. So….i get you. Would you agree that 3/5 of the player moves have to pay off in a big way or you guys are in real trouble? BTW, not a Sixer fan per se but do go back to the days of the Kangaroo Kid.

    • rhettbogan - Jul 23, 2013 at 10:51 AM

      Thank You! Finally someone with a mind of his own and not just repeating what the media and other has-beens are saying…..

  7. dolphins4 - Jul 20, 2013 at 6:05 PM

    Any knuckle head front office would have a coach already.

  8. barkley4life - Jul 20, 2013 at 6:41 PM

    Jack knows jack. Name fits perfectly.

    Hinkles fallback if no one blows him away already is coaching the summer team in Michael Curry. More then likely Curry had been told the plan and has a front office future with the team if he’s sacrificial coach for the next 2-3 years.

    Hit it on the head. Jrue made the all star team because the guy behind the guy behind the guy got hurt. He wouldn’t even get consideration in the west. Hinkle trade an above avg 14th pick into two top 10 picks.

    But according to Jack that’s dysfunction.


    • mfsslj05 - Jul 21, 2013 at 8:24 PM

      Gotta disagree w/ you on Holiday. Give the kid a break, he’s 23 yrs old. He’s got 20/10 potential on a bad team, 15/10 on a good one. Completely agree on Curry. Who knows, maybe that future is on the sidelines.

  9. barkley4life - Jul 20, 2013 at 6:44 PM

    Also they came away from the Bynum trade with the ability to rebuild from scratch. They took a chance lost and ended up with 20+ million in cap space but Jacks right….total dysfunction with no returns lmao CLUELESS

    • heyblueyoustink - Jul 20, 2013 at 6:53 PM

      He must be a Hawks fan. Loving the life of NBA purgetory.

  10. jadaruler - Jul 20, 2013 at 8:09 PM

    I love the explanations Sixers’ fans are throwing out. I know next years draft is loaded, but trading a top 10 point guard for a bag of beans you hope grows isn’t sound thinking. On the coaching front, I hope its Fizdale.

    I’m now going to contradict myself in saying I loved what they did. It isn’t sound but who the hell wants to be an average team in the East? They beat everyone else to Team Tank without taking back bad contracts like Boston or Utah.

    Also, Noel will be a stud. He puts on 30 lbs on that frame in 2 yrs and he will be a force.

    • mfsslj05 - Jul 21, 2013 at 8:29 PM

      Yep, once the Bynum experiment blew up, maybe they ascend to Hawks status as a middle of the roader, but even that would be a struggle. Disagree w/ many, almost anti-Holiday comments, but can’t disagree he’s not the difference. Would have made a nice piece; not irreplaceable.

  11. jcmeyer10 - Jul 20, 2013 at 8:56 PM

    Not having a head coach is taking tanking to a whole new level.

  12. metrocritical - Jul 20, 2013 at 10:45 PM

    Brilliant strategy for a team committed to short term failure. If they can’t find a decent coach, are sure to stink anyway and looking to battle for the top pick, why bother having a coach at all? It saves money now, saves money for when they fire him and puts them in a position to accumulate so much talent that any top tier coach would leap at the chance to coach them a few years down the road when ownership decides the time is right to fill the vacancy. 76ers are now officially the sharpest organization in the NBA.

    • 1historian - Jul 21, 2013 at 5:20 AM

      The trouble with being committed to short term failure is that you get stuck in it. The battle is on for the highest pick next year, but in the lottery you never know what’s going to happen and if you start tanking NOW by not even having a coach the long term results are usually not good – doing this can backfire big time.

      • mfsslj05 - Jul 21, 2013 at 8:36 PM

        Uh huh. It’s not a bad plan, necessarily, but how do you sell it to the fan base for the upcoming yr? Especially in Philly, where bball is a long & storied tradition. They don’t need the top pick to pull this off, it’s a deep draft. Counting the 2 kids they pick up this yr, the 2 picks next yr, & 1 FA signing, they have to have 3/5 of these moves pay off in a big way.

  13. atlbrave5 - Jul 20, 2013 at 11:25 PM

    I agree with Charles on this too! I don’t understand the thinking of some of these horrible teams. Everybody knows them by name, Sixers, Kings and Magic…ect. You only strike gold if you a)get the #1 pick 2) actually pick the right player (see Blazers Greg Oden) c)have everything else in place such as a good organization, coach and MONEY.

    I think fans need to boycott these tanking teams such as the SUNS and any other team that used to be respectable and not give them a dime since they decided to quit and throw away entire SEASONS just for the chance of going after an unknown college kid next year. For one, the ping pong balls don’t always go to the worst teams and my most important point, the top teams in the league, Lakers, Knicks, Heat, Spurs (not incl. OKC since they were expansion/relocated with special circumstances) have cont. a history of winning NOT by tanking but by a)drafting well when the time came whether early or late b) went after key free agents and got them c) and they have solid front offices.

    I know to every owner, winning a championship with a 25mil payroll is a dream but in the real world you have to pay to play! You win in this league by spending money at the right time on the right players and hiring the right coaches. Get it together PHILLY!

    • cflip376 - Jul 21, 2013 at 3:04 AM

      What are you talking about?

      -Spurs: got Duncan from tanking.

      -Miami: got Wade from sucking and Wade attracted to other stars in Lebron and Bosh. No Wade in Miami, no big 3 in Miami.

      -Knicks: Gallo was a centerpiece of the Melo trade and they got him from sucking.

      -Celtics: Sucked, got Pierce. years later, sucked again got the 5th pick, which was turned into Ray Allen.

      -Mavs: Sucked, got Dirk.

      • jimeejohnson - Jul 21, 2013 at 3:57 AM

        Pays to suck. Ask Sarah Palin.

      • cflip376 - Jul 21, 2013 at 4:06 AM

        two other*

        the Lakers are the only winning team that didn’t have to tank, the others still benefited from being bad and stockpiling assets/picks/prospects.

      • 1historian - Jul 21, 2013 at 5:24 AM

        The Spurs got Duncan because Robinson was out for the year, and when they got him they had the players in place to support him and Robinson. You are assuming that the Sixers are a competent organization and nothing they have done shows this to be the case.

  14. selowitch - Jul 21, 2013 at 3:40 AM

    It’s not a bad rebuilding strategy in terms of player personnel, but going without a coach is definitely a questionable choice. In the future, what big-name coach is going to want to join an organization where the players have a had an extended holiday (pun intended) from the discipline, the playbook, and the system that a head coach traditionally implements?

    There’s no shame in getting a coach from the D-League, from the college ranks, or even from the international game if none of the usual NBA candidates will commit.

  15. jimeejohnson - Jul 21, 2013 at 3:55 AM

    Charles is still upset that he never won a championship. No worries: his legacy is secure even without a ring. There’s only one Charles Barkley, which makes Bill Laimbeer sleep better.

  16. barkley4life - Jul 21, 2013 at 9:32 AM

    It’s new ownership taking over from a bad management who made terrible decisions. They are cutting deadweight reorganizing and starting from scratch.

    Spurs and Boston tanked to try and get Duncan.

    LA and NY before the new CBA played 30-40 million above the cap for decades.

    Get a clue.

    Only young talent on the team right now to build around is MCW and Noel is hurt. Turner more then likely needs a fresh start somewhere.

    Yeah but the clueless is right. This team needs a set in stone coach because Kwame Brown and Spencer Hawes need to be developed. Lmao REALLY?

    • mfsslj05 - Jul 21, 2013 at 8:48 PM

      Thought keeping him was part of the rationale for moving Holiday. Haven’t they been clamoring to move ET to the point?

      They’re definitely starting from scratch. Gotta allow some learning curve, which is tough for Philly fans to swallow, i’m sure. All i can say is, fully expect to go through the same thing w/ the Nuggets as McGee has to play, if we’re ever going to truly contend (ah….that won’t be this yr).

      Yeah, have to remember the whole ping-pong thing is an attempt by the NBA to decrease tanking; not sure how successful they’ve been.

  17. dominus247 - Jul 21, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    How SIxers fans, I love that Royce White pickup. Face of the franchise

  18. Santi - Jul 21, 2013 at 12:53 PM

    Sixers suck. They deserve to be the new Clippers for what they did to Doug Collins after sandbagging the season and the terrible trade for Andrew Bynum.

    I bet Philly fans long for the days of Allen Iverson and Eric Snow like Lakers fans miss Shaq at this point.

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