Pinckney among Sixers' coaching candidates

Ed Pinckney was the NCAA Final Four MVP after leading Villanova to the 1985 title.
Ed Pinckney was the NCAA Final Four MVP after leading Villanova to the 1985 title. (   H. RUMPH JR. / AP)
Posted: July 18, 2013

Two more names apparently have been added to the 76ers' coaching wish list.

The Sixers have received permission to speak to Chicago Bulls assistant coaches Ed Pinckney, 50, and Adrian Griffin, 39, for their vacant coaching position, ESPN reported.

Sixers general manager Sam Hinkie has not interviewed either coach, according to the report, but has done background checks on both.

Coaching the Sixers would be a homecoming of sorts for Pinckney. He was named the most outstanding player of the 1985 Final Four after leading Villanova to the NCAA title. Pinckney was the Sixers' television analyst for the 2009-10 season; he spent the last three seasons as a Bulls assistant. He recently interviewed for the Memphis Grizzlies coaching job that went to David Joerger.

Pinckney's other stops as an assistant coach were at Villanova (2003-07) and with the Minnesota Timberwolves (2007-09).

Like Pinckney, Griffin joined the Bulls coaching staff in September 2010. Before that, he spent two seasons as the Milwaukee Bucks' player-development coach. In May, Griffin interviewed for the Detroit Pistons job that eventually went to former Sixers coach Maurice Cheeks.

The Sixers are expected to interview assistant coach Michael Curry and Boston Celtics assistant coach Jay Larranaga. Five other NBA assistants - Brett Brown (San Antonio Spurs), David Fizdale (Miami Heat), Melvin Hunt (Denver Nuggets), Chris Finch (Houston Rockets), and Kelvin Sampson (Rockets) - have been mentioned as candidates for the job, according to reports.

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