D’Antoni, Donovan, Lue Believed To Be On Sixers’ Short List

The Sixers, led by general manager Elton Brand, have met with a handful of top candidates for their head coaching job and are expected to bring a short list of candidates to the Philadelphia area within the next 10 days for a second round of interviews, reports Shams Charania of The Athletic.

According to Charania, Mike D’Antoni, Billy Donovan, and Tyronn Lue are expected to be on the 76ers’ short list and are “strongly vying” for the position.

The Sixers have been linked to several other potential candidates – including Dave Joerger, Darvin Ham, and Mike Brown – as they seek a replacement for Brett Brown. However, Lue was considered an early frontrunner for the position and D’Antoni and Donovan emerged as viable alternatives after they parted ways with their respective teams. It seems increasingly likely that Philadelphia’s next head coach will come from that trio.

Meanwhile, although a recent report suggested that the Sixers may be considering hiring a president of basketball operations to lead their front office, Charania says the organization remains committed to adding talent under Brand to “further strengthen the front office.” Brand, who is leading the head coaching search, continues to be the head of basketball operations in Philadelphia, according to Charania, who adds that the GM is well-respected by agents and executives around the NBA.

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9 thoughts on “D’Antoni, Donovan, Lue Believed To Be On Sixers’ Short List

  1. dust44

    I would imagine it would b Donovan or Lue. I can’t c D’Antonis style meshing with Simmons and Embiid.

    • Sillivan

      I agree
      Mike Brown is better than Dantoni
      Dave Joerger is the best, but he did not have experience to coach good team

  2. stretch123

    D’Antoni will become the head coach of the Pelicans and Donovan will end up with the Bulls.

  3. Brown Trout Fisherman

    Donovan is the right choice. Lue will get the job. It’s 2020

  4. phillyballers

    D’Antoni makes the least sense. I get they want a name. Donovan is probably the best, maybe Atkinson. Lue didnt seem like he could handle the pressure.

    Doesn’t matter if they dont get shooters.

    • Sillivan

      Two players are not playable under Dantoni system In playoffs

      Which means owners need to spend more

      • Why do you say that Sillivan? I think Westbrook and Simmons push the Pace, push the rock. Isn’t that d’antoni’s style? Or are you referring to Shooters? D’antoni needs shooters?

      • harden-westbrook-mvps

        The only thing that Simmons does better than Westbrook is play defense, but Russ is vastly superior in every other aspect.

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