And then there were… six?
According to a report from Adrian Wojnarowski (published several days ago) and recent updates, the Philadelphia 76ers have narrowed their coaching search to six finalists, all of them assistant coaches.
They are as follows: Jay Larranga (Boston), David Vanterpool (Portland), Adrian Griffin (Chicago), Kenny Atkinson (Atlanta), Michael Curry (Philadelphia), and Brett Brown (San Antonio). All have or will do a second interview with the team in New York according to the Yahoo! report from Woj.
The “front-runner,” if one even exists, appears to be Brett Brown, the Spurs’ assistant who helped Gregg Popovich build a perennial championship contender in San Antonio. He’s been there since the start, developing guys like Tim Duncan and Tony Parker and now Gary Neal, Kawhi Leonard, and Danny Green. Brown has a knack for player development, which is a skill the team’s next head coach should have considering the influx of young, raw talent.
Curry is another interesting name as he is the Sixers’ current assistant and a former head coach with the Pistons and player with five different NBA teams. He coached the 76ers during the Orlando Summer League in July and thus had the opportunity to work with rookies like Arsalan Kazemi and1 Michael Carter-Williams. Hiring him would the safe, but not necessarily the right, decision for Josh Harris and Sam Hinkie.
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