Sam Hinkie showing no urgency on 76ers coaching search

Sam Hinkie
Sam Hinkie
Posted: July 06, 2013

ORLANDO - New 76ers general manager Sam Hinkie might convince you that hiring a head coach isn't a high priority, if you're not careful.

That's because with the Boston Celtics' hiring of Brad Stevens on Wednesday, the Sixers are the lone NBA team without a head coach. Part of that has to do with the draft and the Orlando Pro Summer League taking precedence over looking for a coach.

That was obvious Thursday, when Hinkie, who was hired in May, wouldn't give any insight regarding the coaching search.

"This is the time where we are in the middle of two-a-days right now for our summer league," said Hinkie, following the Sixers' morning practice at Central Florida. "This is the first of two practices. That process, I don't have any particular updates for you."

A Sixers team, made up of rookies and second-year players, is here preparing for the summer league, which runs Sunday through July 12 at the Amway Center practice gym.

Hinkie was asked if the Sixers began interviewing coaching candidates. He quickly changed the subject.

"Yeah, it's the Fourth of July," he said. "We are here just watching these kids practice."

Hinkie spent his first 45 days on his new job preparing for the June 27 draft. There have been reports that the Sixers may not hire a coach until after the summer league. If so, that would be at least 86 days since Doug Collins resigned to become a team consultant on April 18.

The New York Daily News reported on draft night that the Sixers had decided to hire San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Brett Brown. The Spurs and Sixers both denied that report.

"Nothing of that substance happened, I can tell you," Hinkie said after the draft. "We had a lot of things going on. That was not part of what happened in the last several hours."

Days later, the Boston Globe reported that Brown was "extremely" interested in the Celtics job. Since that gig has been filled, one has to assume he's still a candidate to coach the Sixers.

Assistants David Fizdale (Miami Heat), Michael Curry (Sixers), Melvin Hunt (Denver Nuggets), and Houston Rockets assistants Chris Finch and Kelvin Sampson are, or were at one time, reported as potential candidates for the job.

Curry, who's leading the Sixers' summer-league team, is the only likely candidate with NBA head coaching experience.

He posted a 39-43 record and a first-round playoff exit with the Detroit Pistons in 2008-09. The Georgia native was fired after his only season as a head coach. He spent the last three seasons as the Sixers' associate head coach under Collins.


Contact Keith Pompey at kpompey@phillynews.com. Follow on Twitter @PompeyOnSixers.

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