THE SPECULATION will go on, probably for quite some time, as to who the next coach of the 76ers will be. All of the popular names will be thrown about, names that were listed in the Daily News over 2 days last week. But if there is any reading into what may happen, it should be done with last week's words of caution from owner Josh Harris.
"We're certainly starting with more of a blank sheet of paper than we all expected," Harris said last Thursday, a day after the team's final game and the day he announced Doug Collins' resignation. "But I also think that it gives us the opportunity to build. When you're building a high-performance organization, being able to pick the pieces, including the coach, make sure they all work together. It gives you the opportunity to make your decision. I believe we're going to be successful over time here. I think we have a very smart, successful ownership group that's willing to spend to bring a winner to Philly. We've learned a lot in our first 2 years here. We're learning. We're going to ultimately be successful.