Fresh off signing head coach Brett Brown to a two-year extension, the Philadelphia 76ers are shaking up his staff. The first major change of the Jerry Colangelo era looks like it could be the hiring of Mike D’Antoni as associate head coach, according to Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski:
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.
This is certainly an interesting move. The Sixers just inked Brown to an extension, so it doesn’t appear that D’Antoni is being brought in as an eventual successor. But for a franchise that’s faced widespread criticism this season for having no veteran presence, the addition of D’Antoni as a complement to Colangelo makes some sense. That, and D’Antoni’s reputation as an elite offensive coach, which is much needed, since the Sixers have by far the worst offense in the league, scoring just 92.4 points per 100 possessions.
Whatever’s going on in Philadelphia, this team is going to look a lot different in a year than it does now.