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Sixers GM speaks in broad strokes about coaching search (VIDEO)

Jul 23, 2013, 2:59 PM EDT

What, you were expecting names and details?

We know how Charles Barkley feels about the Sixers dragged out coaching search. When Philadelphia introduced Nerlens Noel to the media Tuesday you knew GM Sam Hinkie was going to have to answer questions about where the search stands and why it is dragging on. And he did. In the most vague way he could.

I’d put a quote in here if he said anything interesting, but he dodged that bullet like it’s the Matrix.

The Sixers are in no rush to get the deal done. Hinkie wants a guy he can build a team with over the long haul. The Sixers are going to be terrible next season as they are one of the teams going “woeful for Wiggins” and wherever they land in the draft they think with Noel they will have a couple young pieces to the puzzle. They need a coach who can develop that talent.

  1. jcmeyer10 - Jul 23, 2013 at 3:02 PM

    In the Sixers latest effort keep fans around during the “Riggin’s for Wiggins” campaign, there will be a drawing before each game for a fan to coach the team.

  2. captainwisdom8888 - Jul 23, 2013 at 3:54 PM

    Next year’s NBA draft is absolutely loaded with talent, possibly the best draft in the last 10 years, and if the stars align for the 76ers than this team may look like an enticing coaching destination. As a Sixers fan, I’ve accepted that my team will probably be amongst the top-5 worst teams in the NBA, possibly even bad enough to gain the #1 draft pick in the “Wiggins sweepstakes.” Couple this with the fact that we own the rights to the Pelicans 1st round selection, and the likelihood that they will probably miss the playoffs and provide the Sixers with a 2nd lottery pick…maybe even a 2nd top-10 selection.

    The Sixers have a 6’6″ point guard in Michael Carter Williams, Thad Young at Forward, and an athletic big man in Nerlens Noel. Add 2 potential stars to this mix in next year’s draft and the Sixers may have an impressive young core of players with a very bright future.

    • sasquash20 - Jul 23, 2013 at 4:26 PM

      Carter-Williams has size, I’ll give you that. But he doesn’t shoot well and turns the ball over a lot. Not saying he can’t become good but he isn’t ever going to be great. I think he has average PG written all over him. He will probably be better suited for as a bench player.

      Noel is tall, but he needs to add serious weight which will take away from his athletic ability. There is no way at 206-210 lbs he can play the 5, hell playing the 4 at that weight won’t work in the NBA. You really think the knee scared teams off from drafting him in this draft class? Please. It worked in the SEC, not exactly college basketballs top conference.

      If the 76ers don’t get one of the very top picks in next years draft, then the J.Holiday trade will be one of the worst trades ever. And that is saying a lot because they have made a lot of bad trades over the years. I’m not saying the Pelicans pick, I’m saying the Sixers pick needs to be no lower then 3.

      • tfoz5150 - Jul 23, 2013 at 10:01 PM

        No, MCW and Noels, they grew up playing together. Noel even went so far as to call Hinkie a ‘Genius’ today for recognizing that fact and getting both of them. With next year’s two hopefully lottery picks, even if we don’t get no. 1, maybe we can package them both together and move up to it. Then we would be legit.

      • barkley4life - Jul 24, 2013 at 9:19 AM

        Dumbest logic ever. They turned the 14th pick of the draft into 2 no.1’s.

        Who is “THEY’. This is new ownership with an owner soley focused on the basketball team. Not a hockey owner who had a basketball team as a second toy during the Snider era.

        Noel’s knee was the factor that scared teams off and even so he was picked at No.6. You really think a 19 y.o is going to stay 206lbs his whole life. LMAO DUMBEST STATEMENT EVER. His playing weight was around 215-220 at Kentucky and although still light he can still make an impact on the floor.

        Tyson Chandler was 7-1 220 coming out of High School. Stop the nonsense.

      • sasquash20 - Jul 28, 2013 at 8:06 PM

        How long did it take T.Chandler to develop? Was it for his original team? If this kid has that much up side someone would have taken him. The sixers had him behind Zeller. 220 for Chandler is a lot better then 206. Yes he will fill out, but how much? He looks like a skinny Bosh without the offensive game.

      • sasquash20 - Jul 28, 2013 at 8:08 PM

        The smallest starting 5 in the league weighs 236, 30 lbs heavier then Noel. Just saying this kid could be awesome or he could be bust.

    • biasedhomer - Jul 23, 2013 at 6:46 PM

      I think they will try to trade Thad Young for a mid 1st round pick

  3. thekingdave - Jul 23, 2013 at 4:04 PM

    Don’t be so sure the Pelicans will miss the playoffs. With the Nuggets and Lakers possibly falling out, the 7 and 8 seeds are open for MIN and NO to make the jump.

    • sasquash20 - Jul 23, 2013 at 4:18 PM

      I agree. I’m a sixers fan but unless injuries happen or lotto luck there is no way Pelicans make the top ten in the draft. Pelicans should be fighting for a playoff spot. Also if the Pelicans make the playoffs do the Heat or Magic get that pick? We still owe them a 1st each correct?

    • mrwhiteshadez - Jul 23, 2013 at 4:42 PM

      Pelicans > Timberwolves

  4. sasquash20 - Jul 23, 2013 at 4:30 PM

    I don’t care who they hire as coach. Whoever they hire will only be fired in a few years anyway.

    I just hope Turner can up his game now that he will have the ball in his hands more. Then maybe someone will over pay for the softy

  5. eatitfanboy - Jul 24, 2013 at 9:18 AM

    In effort to boost attendance, the Sixers will feature a local celebrity coach at each home game, and will just go coachless on the road, with guys subbing in and out when they get tired. They’ve already got Jon Bon Jovi signed on to coach opening night, and let’s just say he’s got some pretty big surprises up his sleeve.

  6. barkley4life - Jul 24, 2013 at 9:24 AM

    What you fail to realize is that even if they don’t get the pelicans pick this year or if its back of lottery or just out they can use that pick to get picks in the upcoming year. It was a brilliant move by Hinkie. After the last management gave up a 1st round pick in the Bynum trade Hinkle is acquiring assets.

    Jrue Holiday is not an All Star and depending on what your looking for would struggle to make the top 10 pgs in the NBA he was nice player picked at 14 who has developed but getting two No.1s for him and clearing his salary cap were brilliant.

    Im a 30 year Sixers fan. Ive seen the best and worst. This is an absolute brilliant strategy with no real fails because this team has no where to fall and can only go up. No salary albatross and just can acquire talent and go from there.

    Stop buying into names alone. This isnt NBA 2K14.

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