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Philadelphia 76ers Coaching Search Down to Three Candidates

Apr 14, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Members of the Philadelphia 76ers 1982-83 NBA Championship team, from left: Reggie Johnson (33), Clemon Johnson (45), Earl Cureton (25), Franklin Edwards (14), Clint Richardson (4), Moses Malone (2) and Julius Erving (6) were honored for their 30th anniversary celebration during halftime of the game between Philadelphia 76ers and Cleveland Cavaliers at the Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

A recent report stated that the Philadelphia 76ers will not likely hire their next head coach until after the June 27th NBA Draft. While that plan remains very much in tact, it is apparent that the Sixers’ new GM Sam Hinkie has narrowed his search down to three potential candidates, none of which are assistants from his former team, the Houston Rockets.

Kelvin Sampson and Chris Finch interested Hinkie, and for good reason. Both are very qualified NBA assistant coaches and had good relationships while Hinkie was in Houston. It appears that neither Sampson or Finch is still in the running to become the next head coach in Philly.

Marc Stein of ESPN reported the first two names that were on the Sixers’ radar. Via Twitter, Stein made it known that Hinkie was very much intrigued by Miami Heat assistant David Fizdale and Denver Nuggets assistant Melvin Hunt.

Dei Lynam of later reported that Memphis Grizzlies assistant Dave Joerger was in the running. Joerger is likely to be interviewed by Memphis with the news that the team will not bring back Lionel Hollins after their sweep at the hands of the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference Finals.


Topics: Chris Finch, Dave Joerger, David Fizdale, Kelvin Sampson, Melvin Hunt, NBA, Philadelphia 76ers, Sam Hinkie

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