Originally posted on Around the Arc  |  Last updated 6/20/13
There hasn't been much news out of the 76ers organization lately. The original article was posted on Philly.com earlier in the week. Be sure to check it out here.  --The Sixers coaching search has been unquestionably quiet so far this summer, and reportshave surfaced recently stating that the selection might not be made until after the NBA Draft on June 27.  Although it seems that the team should want to have a coach in place as soon as possible in order to provide input on draft decisions and roster moves, the fact that the draft is now only a little over a week away leads one to believe that such reports are accurate. Some said that the slowness of the search was just the Sixers waiting for their man, like maybe Brian Shaw. But, it has been a couple weeks now since Shaw’s Pacers were pushed out of the playoffs, and while several teams have entertained the idea of Shaw, the Sixers name hasn’t popped up among them.Shaw, who was a in the running for the Nets head coaching vacancy until they got all nostalgic over Jason Kidd, is now being mentioned as a prime candidate for the Nuggets job. Meanwhile the Sixers and their new basketball brain, Sam Hinkie, remain tight-lipped about every aspect of the organization, except for the color of the jerseys.Although names of up-and-coming assistants, like Miami’s David Fizdale and Denver assistant Melvin Hunt are continuously poppingup as top targets, the casual demeanor with which the Sixers have approached the search leads me to believe that they may already have their man, and he may already be in the organization.Several of the organizations key players, including their lone all-star Jrue Holiday, have already voicedtheir support for current assistant coach Michael Curry, and as qualified coaching candidates continue to be snatched up by other teams, it is becoming increasingly clear that Curry may be the man."I've known him for the last three years, he's somebody I trust, and somebody I'd love as a head coach," Holiday stated. "I think he was the glue to our team last year. Obviously we were defensive-based, which is big for us. That was our calling card, and Mike was responsible for that."Having the support of the players is a big plus for Curry, as is already being familiar with the franchise and the system that they have been using. Curry also fits the ‘hungry assistant’ role, aside from an unsuccessful season-long stint as the head coach of the Pistons.Curry is adept at developing young players, which will be key for the Sixers next coach. The team has a young core, and will need to continue to add young players through the draft in order develop into a contender over the coming seasons. This was not a strength of former coach Doug Collins. The next coach will also have to determine what to do with the enigma that is Evan Turner. While still very young and extremely talented, Turner has had trouble fitting in with the franchise, and the team needs to figure out if he is part of the long-term plan. Turner has also voicedhis support for Curry, and speaks of him as someone he can relate to. If Turner remains on the roster, having a coach that can get through to him and help to develop his game, something Collins could not always do, will be invaluable. "I think it would be great for the organization. We respect Mike," Turner stated. "He was great because he was calm in certain situations.  He never really panicked. That's something that players need."Curry has the patience for young players, and seems eager to spearhead a rebuilding movement; not something all coaches could say. So while names of various assistants are constantly being brought up and qualified candidates are being signed left and right, the puzzling slowness of the Sixers search would seem to make more sense if they actually already had their guy.If Michael Curry is their guy, than why they are waiting to make the move is anyone’s guess, but considering the players’ support and his familiarity with the franchise, at this point Curry may look like the logical selection.
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