Charles Barkley baffled by Sixers’ lack of coach
“I think that’s one of the silliest things that I’ve seen in sports in a long time,” Barkley said while appearing on Comcast SportsNet’s Friday edition of “Philly Sports Talk.” “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.”
The 76ers didn’t have a head coach in place for the draft, nor for the Summer League, as new general Sam Hinkie interviewed several candidates for the job. Meanwhile, assistant coach Michael Curry coached the 76ers to a 1-4 record in the Orlando Pro Summer League.
“I don’t know what they’re waiting on. You’re playing summer-league games, people need to know who’s in charge,” continued Barkley. “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.”
Where the 76ers are currently in their coaching search remains unclear. According to reports, they are interviewing Miami Heat assistant David Fizdale, Atlanta Hawks assistant Quin Snyder and Kenny Atkinson. According to ESPN's Marc Stein, Michael Curry and San Antonio Spurs assistant Brett Brown remain favorites for the job.
Former coach Doug Collins led the 76ers to a 34-48 run last season before resigning on April 18 after a three-year stint with the team. Sam Hinkie has since then taken the task of rebuilding the roster this summer, letting center Andrew Bynum, who never played a game for the Philadelphia 76ers last season, walk away as a free agent. Other notable moves made since Hinkie took helm include trading explosive point guard Jrue Holiday for the potential of Nerlens Noel, who was selected sixth overall by the New Orleans Pelicans in the draft.
The 76ers are taking the long route to making the roster better, as it appears Hinkie has been able to buy the team’s ownership into giving him a few years to get the pieces together to make the Sixers into potential championship contenders, given his plan works in the first place.