With the Doug Collins era officially over, attention in Philly has shifted to Chip Kelly’s first draft as the Birds’ head coach and the Phillies frustrating offense. But the Sixers have a big offseason ahead of them as they have to virtually rebuild their whole team not named Jrue Holiday, and also choose the coach who will be leading the Sixers to what we all hope are better days.
According to Ken Berger of CBS Sports, now that Mike Brown has returned to Cleveland, Brian Shaw is the early favorite to land the Sixers job.
Shaw currently is an assistant for the Indiana Pacers, and is highly thought of by NBA stars including Kobe Bryant. Shaw was formerly an assistant under Phil Jackson with the Lakers, but after not getting the head coaching job prior to the 2011-12 season, bolted LA for Indiana. The Lakers chose to go with Mike Brown as head coach instead, which surprised many, and even angered Kobe Bryant who was one of Shaw’s biggest supporters.
The Sixers will have to wait for the Pacers to be eliminated from the playoffs, which will likely be in the Eastern Conference Finals, which will be a few more weeks at least. That means it will be difficult for things to get serious with Shaw for a while, which is fine just as long as if once the Pacers lose, the Sixers and Shaw can agree to terms and begin the reconstruction of the team and coaching staff almost immediately.
If the Sixers choose not to wait, Dei Lynam of CSN Philly is reporting, that the Sixers also have interest in Golden State Warriors assistant Mike Malone. The Warriors are likely to be a first-round exit in the playoffs, so things could very well come together with Malone quicker than Shaw.
Regardless of who the head coach is, if the Sixers don’t being a creative and smart overhaul of this team right now, the Sixers fortunes will not get any better.