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article imagePhilly 76ers take their time looking for a new coach

By Timothy Whitt     Jul 31, 2013 in Sports
Philadelphia - The Philadelphia 76ers who started the past season with so much promise saw it all unravel with a knee injury to Andrew Bynum. The Sixers went 34-48, and missed the playoffs for the first time in three years.
After the season was over 76er head coach Dough Collins resigned with one year left of his original four year deal worth 4.5 million. "This is his decision," Harris said. "He is not being pushed out."
Since the departure of Doug Collins in April the Sixers have been without a head coach. Their search has turned into a kind of joke around the league.
Charles Barkley, a former Sixers player turned basketball analyst, quipped on a recent edition of "Philly Sports Talk", ""I think that's one of the silliest things that I've seen in sports in a long time. I'm in Philly during the summer as you know, and I'm watching and reading every day -- to not have a coach under contract by now, I think that's a joke."
"I don't know what they're waiting on," Barkley continued. "You're playing summer-league games, people need to know who's in charge. They got players who are playing in the summer league, they got assistant coaches coaching the team. You just can't bring somebody in, and him have instant credibility -- he has to build rapport with the players."
Barkley's point is valid. The Sixers are currently the only team in basketball without a head coach. The team has interviewed several coaching candidates and are currently said to be interested in David Vanterpool an assistant coach with the Portland Trailblazers.
Since the end of the season the team brought in Sam Hinkie as general manager. They replaced Adam Aron with Scott O'Neil as the team's chief executive office. Not only that on draft night they traded away their only All Star 23-year Jrue Holiday for Nerlens Noel and a first-round pick in next year's ultra- loaded draft
Even before they've hired a head coach it appear to the many fans the front office has already loaded the team up to be bad next season and maybe the next few seasons.
The next Sixers head coach is walking into a difficult if not almost impossible situation. He is "going to have some unique requirements compared to many coaches around the league. Development of young players such as Michael Carter-Williams and Nerlens Noel will take precedence over winning games, which might be a tough pill to swallow for assistants looking for their big break."
Whoever the next Sixers coach is they need to be up for a challenge.
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