Who will replace Doug Collins as Sixers head coach?

McKie
McKie
Posted: April 18, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS - Doug Collins will coach his final game with the Sixers Wednesday night as it is expected to be announced the next day that he has come to a financial settlement, and will forego the final year of his contract.

Owner Josh Harris and the front office already were facing a busy summer revamping the roster. Now, their first order of business will be to find a replacement for Collins, who has coached the team for the past three seasons. That person will be the eighth head coach of the organization in the last 11 seasons.

Tuesday we gave a list of some who may be candidates. Here are some more:

Aaron McKie: A Philadelphian through and through, as he was a star player both at Simon Gratz and Temple, learning from two of the best coaches our area has to offer in Bill Ellerbee and John Chaney. McKie played 13 seasons in the league, including eight with the Sixers, and has been an assistant with the team for the past six seasons. He has a great relationship with the younger players on the team, especially guard Jrue Holiday, who is probably the one piece this organization is looking to build around.

Lionel Hollins: He is still the coach of the Memphis Grizzlies, but there have been rumblings about his ouster even though his team is having an outstanding season. Has had three stints with Vancouver/Memphis. Played for the 76ers from 1979-1982. He will be 60 in October. Should he not return to Memphis, he will be a hot name coming off a season that has included 55 wins thus far.

Larry Drew: Another current coach who may be let go after the season, Drew has spent the past three seasons with the Atlanta Hawks. He went 40-26 in the strike-shortened season a year ago and has his club fighting for the fifth seeding in the East. The 55-year-old played in the league from 1980 to 1991 and has been an assistant with the Lakers, Pistons, Wizards, Nets and Hawks. During his three seasons with Atlanta he has gone 126-97 in the regular season and made the playoffs in each of his years.

Nate McMillan: He had been a head coach in the league for 12 seasons before getting fired in the middle of last season with the Portland Trail Blazers. He coached for five seasons with the Seattle SuperSonics before moving on to Portland and compiled a 478-452 record during his coaching run. His teams made the playoffs five times, getting out of the first round once. The 49-year-old North Carolina State product spent his entire 12-year playing career in Seattle.

Bob McAdoo: The former great scorer and onetime Sixer has been an assistant coach with the Miami Heat for the past 18 seasons. He was a five-time All-Star and the league MVP in 1974-75, when he averaged 34.5 points and 14.1 rebounds. He won NBA titles with the Lakers in 1982 and 1985 as a sub, and finished his career with the Sixers in 1986. He has won two more NBA titles as an assistant coach with the Miami Heat.

Fred Hoiberg: While his NBA career was cut short due to a heart condition, Hoiberg has made a name for himself in the coaching ranks, where he has gone 62-39 in three seasons as coach of Iowa State, where he played his college ball. He has made the NCAA Tournament the past two seasons. Just 40, Hoiberg played 10 seasons in the NBA. Iowa State is his first head coaching stint.

Jay Wright: The Villanova coach is a name that has been brought up several times since the middle of the season by people around the league. He is young (51), possesses a personality that would seem to fit in with NBA players, and is looked upon favorably by basketball fans in Philadelphia. He went 122-85 in his seven seasons at Hofstra before moving to the Main Line. He is 257-144 in his 12 seasons at Villanova, which includes a Final Four appearance.

Fran Dunphy: While on the subject of local college coaches, the legendary Dunphy has to be mentioned. Now in his 24th season as a college coach between Penn and Temple, with a 468-238 record, Dunphy perhaps could be looking for a new challenge at the age of 64. He is so widely respected throughout the basketball world, the Sixers' front office would have to at least give him a phone call. He almost joined the coaching staff of friend Gregg Popovich years back.


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