Report – Sixers Talking to Mike D’Antoni for Associate Head Coach Position
Just one day after the Philadelphia 76ers announced a contract extension for head coach Brett Brown, more help could be on it's way.
According to a Yahoo! Sports report, the 76ers are engaged in discussions with Mike D'Antoni to become an associate head coach with the team.
D'Antoni, a four-time head coach in the NBA, is known as an offensive coach and could begin his role under Brown later this month, per the report.
"New Philadelphia 76ers chairman Jerry Colangelo is beginning to impose his influence on the franchise, engaging Mike D’Antoni in talks to join Brett Brown’s staff as associate head coach, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
D’Antoni, a four-time head coach in the NBA, has been discussing with Colangelo and Brown a role on the Sixers’ bench that could begin later this month, league sources told Yahoo Sports."
D'Antoni has an obvious connection to new chairman of basketball operations Jerry Colangelo, the two worked together with the Suns from 2003-2008 where they achieved much success together.
Since Colangelo has said that he wishes to remain at his home in Phoenix while working for the Sixers, the addition of D'Antoni makes sense in that aspect. The addition of D'Antoni should also give the Sixers a jolt in offense as the Sixers currently have the worst offense in the NBA.
While general manger Sam Hinkie wants to stay on the job with the Sixers, this move undoubtedly shows that Colangelo has immediately made his presence felt.
Since leaving the Suns in 2008, D'Antoni was the head coach of the New York Knicks and Los Angeles Lakers.
He's spent most of his time in his native West Virginia.