Report: Sixers hire Mike D’Antoni as associate head coach

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Jerry Colangelo was brought in and given power over Philadelphia to shake things up and speed up the rebuild — at 1-26 in year three of “the process,” even the owner on board with the long-term taking plan is uncomfortable. With this move, Colangelo is going to speed up the tempo, at least.

As has been expected, the Sixers have reached a deal to bring in Mike D’Antoni as associate head coach. Keith Pompey at the Philadephia Inquirer broke the news.

Veteran NBA coach Mike D’Antoni is now the associate head coach of the 76ers, two league sources said Thursday night….

Sixers coach Brett Brown said last week that he would welcome D’Antoni’s addition to the staff because he would add a veteran presence.

The Sixers just extended head coach Brett Brown’s contract by two years, so his seat isn’t getting warm. At least not for a while. But you don’t bring in D’Antoni and not give him some power.

Colangelo was the former owner and guy with the power in Phoenix when D’Antoni was the coach there that pioneered the small ball revolution that has swept the NBA. D’Antoni believes in his system to a fault. Brown has said on multiple occasions he wants to pick up the tempo and run more with the Sixers.

But can they with this roster? Or even the roster that will be there in a year or two? The Sixers best player in Jahlil Okafor needs to score in the post and around the basket. The point guards aren’t good enough to run D’Antoni’s system (Kendall Marshall is not the answer, just a less bad option). The Sixers need more shooting. And if Joel Embiid does come back does he fit with this style of play, or will we once again see D’Antoni trying to fit square pegs in round holes? (Remember New York and Los Angeles, where D’Antoni was never given his roster and how that went.)

This raises a lot of questions, but it does feel like the Sixers are at least trying to do something.