Lynam Backs Carter As Head Coach

Posted: May 21, 1991

Jim Lynam says Fred Carter "is certainly qualified and ready" to become a head coach in the NBA.

Now, after a couple of weeks of speculation, Carter - a 76ers assistant for four seasons - is at least one step closer to an opportunity.

The Minnesota Timberwolves have received permission to speak with Carter about their vacancy, created when they fired Bill Musselman after two seasons.

The Wolves also have received permission to speak with Houston coach Don Chaney and Golden State assistant Garry St. Jean. They already have interviewed former Boston Celtics coach Jimmy Rodgers, and are believed to be interested in at least one more candidate still involved in the playoffs.

"My first thought would be, Freddie knows the league, which is a huge factor," said Lynam, the Sixers coach. "If (the Wolves) are showing interest, then rightly so.

"He brings a wealth of experience, not just as a player (eight seasons), but as a coach (10 seasons, including two each with Washington, Atlanta and Chicago). He has worked with a number of teams, a number of coaches. There are many strong points there."

While the Wolves are searching for a coach, the Sixers are busy looking for prospective players. They've scheduled three days of workouts, starting today at St. Joseph's University, for players from the Continental Basketball Association and various European leagues.

That group includes former Xavier forward Derek Strong, their second choice in the second round of last year's draft.

The 6-8 Strong spent part of this season with Huesca, a team in the Spanish professional league, and has agreed to play with Miami in the United States Basketball League.

"We feel he has improved, and we're coming in to show what he has done, then go from there," said Ron Gross, Strong's agent.

The Sixers retain the negotiating rights to Strong, who scored 1,291 points in three college seasons, but Gross said he has received permission to speak with other teams in the league.

The Sixers also have invited, among others, three former Syracuse players: Stevie Thompson, the CBA Rookie Of The Year, and two - Rafael Addison and Wendell Alexis - who have been playing overseas. Their list also includes 7-1 center Tito Horford, a second-round draft choice of Milwaukee in 1988 who averaged 1.6 points in 60 games over two seasons with the Bucks.

SIXERS FREE-AGENT CAMP INVITEES

NO. PLAYER POS. HGT. WGT. AGE COLLEGE

62 Rafael Addision F 6- 7 220 26 Syracuse

68 Wendell Alexis F 6- 9 215 26 Syracuse

79 Brian Howard F 6- 7 210 23 North Carolina State

39 Tito Horford C 7- 1 245 25 LSU/Miami (Fla.)

72 Clifford Lett G 6- 3 170 25 Florida

45 Tom Lewis F 6- 8 210 24 Pepperdine

9 Tharon Mayes G 6- 3 175 22 Florida State

18 Richard Morton G 6- 4 190 25 Cal-Fullerton

38 Mark Peterson F 6- 9 250 25 Rutgers

23 Clinton Smith F 6- 6 210 27 Cleveland State

30 Derek Strong F 6- 9 222 23 Xavier

37 Barry Sumpter C 6-11 245 25 Louisville/Austin Peay

3 Derrick Taylor G 6- 0 180 27 Louisiana State

63 Stephen Thomas G 6- 3 190 22 Syracuse

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