The two big guns have sat down with Sixers management — broadcaster and former coach Doug Collins, plus former Mavericks coach and current studio analyst for ESPN Avery Johnson.
Now for the second wave, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.
The 76ers have completed two formal interviews for their coaching vacancy, meeting with Doug Collins and Avery Johnson, and are in the process of arranging a third, most likely with former NBA point guard Mark Jackson.
Also in the mix is current Portland Trail Blazers assistant coach Monty Williams, according to a source close to the situation.
Jackson had a long and impressive NBA career, from which he went straight into broadcasting. He has never coached. But he is a catch-phrase machine, and that’s what the Sixers need more than anything right now.
(Can you picture Jackson in a huddle looking at a player who just gave up a three to LeBron saying, “Hands down, man down.” Or looking at Jrue Holliday getting outplayed by Rajon Rondo and saying, “There ya go, young fella.”)
Williams is a Notre Dame alumnus who had a 10-year NBA career, including a stint with the Sixers. He is currently Nate McMillan’s top assistant in Portland.
The Sixers are reportedly going to look at and talk to some other top assistants, such as Dwane Casey (Dallas), Tom Thibodeau (Boston) and Mike Budenholzer (San Antonio).
But not a one of those is a catch phrase machine.
Hassan Whiteside defends himself when questions about his maturity early in his career with the Kings arise:
“That was a long time ago,” Whiteside said. “If they want to think about things that happened four, five years ago, that’s up to them.
“I don’t think it’s something that should follow me, but I really don’t know right now. That was years ago. Things didn’t work out in Sacramento. I worked my way to get back here. I could’ve easily gave up and went back home and just chilled. But I put in the work, and I feel like I’m a hard worker or I wouldn’t be here.”
But then he does something like this.
Rodney Hood got the Jazz to overtime.
Gordon Hayward took it from there.
This extends Utah’s win streak to eight games and snaps a 10-game losing streak in Dallas. The last time the Jazz won in Dallas? Mavericks guard Deron Williams started – for Utah.*
*Those Jazz brought Paul Millsap, Kyle Korver and Wesley Matthews off the bench. Dang
Up three points and the final seconds winding down, the Mavericks had a great chance to intentionally foul Trey Lyles (a 62% free-throw shooter) with his back to the basket.
Instead, they allowed Rodney Hood to hit this shot and get the Jazz to overtime.
The Bucks led the Celtics led the Bucks by 19 in the fourth quarter and four in the final minute.
But Boston completed its comeback when Jerryd Bayless committed a boneheaded foul on Kelly Olynyk with a second left, shoving Olynyk in the back on the inbound. Olynyk sunk both free throws to tie the game.
Then, Khris Middleton got Bayless off the hook.
Middleton drew a foul on Avery Bradley, who was trying to contest the game-winning shot. The Milwaukee wing made one free throw then intentionally the second, and Jae Crowder couldn’t replicate this.