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Report: Sixers’ schedule second interviews with Jay Larranaga, three others in search for new head coach

Aug 5, 2013, 5:23 PM EDT

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The Philadelphia 76ers are coming closer to hiring a head coach for next season, though the candidates being considered aren’t exactly household names. New general manager is bringing four NBA assistants in for a second round of interviews, according to Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski, all of which are without prior NBA head coaching experience.

The Sixers are scheduled to interview Boston Celtics assistant Jay Larranaga, Atlanta’s Kenny Atkinson, Chicago’s Adrian Griffin and San Antonio’s Brett Brown for a second time this week in New York. All four will reportedly be meeting with Sixers’ managing partners Josh Harris and David Blitzer, but they’re apparently not the only candidates the team is still considering as Portland’s David Vanterpool and current Sixers’ assistant Michael Curry are also still in the running according to Wojnarowski.

The coaching search has been an interesting process for Philadelphia, but one that should bring about good results considering the four coaches being brought back for a second round of interviews are all highly-respected. And aside from Curry, who has head coach experience with the Detroit Pistons from the 2008-09 season, the remaining candidates will all be first-time NBA head coaches.

Larranaga might not be the most familiar name of the group, but he’s is quickly rising up the ranks considering he only retired as a player following the 2008-09 season. The son of current Miami Hurricanes head coach Jim Larranaga spent two solid seasons as a head coach with the NBA Development League’s Erie BayHawks before joining the Boston Celtics’ staff this past season. He  did a great job of helping current NBA players Ivan Johnson, Donald Sloan and Garrett Temple take their games to the next level during his two-year stint in the D-League while also leading the team to playoff appearances in both of his seasons.

The 38-year-old Larranaga also coached the Celtics’ Summer League team in July and was thought to be a potential candidate to take over for Doc Rivers before Boston hired Brad Stevens.

It’s apparent that the Sixers are looking to hire a young, development-driven coach that can also relate to their young group of players as Philadelphia builds toward the future. They likely aren’t going to be able to make a bad choice in that regard considering the coaches they’re reportedly considering, but Larranaga should certainly be one of the favorites when considering his past experiences.

  1. steelerdynasty2010 - Aug 5, 2013 at 6:58 PM

    Wonder if they’ll have a coach in place in time for the start of the season

  2. jimmywho14 - Aug 5, 2013 at 7:29 PM

    Does a coach even matter at this point

  3. abchome - Aug 5, 2013 at 7:52 PM

    The lowest bid wins the contract.

  4. phillyphannn83 - Aug 5, 2013 at 10:03 PM

    ” The Philadelphia 76ers are coming closer to hiring a head coach for next season ”

    Are you sure??

  5. tcclark - Aug 5, 2013 at 11:04 PM

    I keep forgetting that we don’t have a coach. I think Hinkie just loves being the only one who has a say in the team’s direction. He’s making it last.

  6. ambitoos - Aug 5, 2013 at 11:14 PM

    He looks like Al Bundy.

  7. therealtrenches - Aug 6, 2013 at 7:31 AM

    Article says: “They likely aren’t going to be able to make a bad choice…”

    I know I’m taking that quote out of context, but the suggestion here is that the sixers have maneuvered themselves into a favorable situation, where it’s almost impossible not to do what’s best for the team and these young players. They’re being smart, in other words.

    Could this viewpoint somehow find its way to Charles Barkley, so we don’t have to listen to him ridicule the slow sixers coaching search anymore?

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