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Coaching carousel speeding up for Sixers, Hornets

Posted on: May 3, 2010 1:56 am
The coaching carousel has been spinning at an unusually slow pace for teams whose offseasons already have begun. That is expected to change in the coming days, with the Hornets and Sixers closing in on plans to begin interviewing candidates. 

The Hornets plan to interview a mixture of current assistants and former head coaches, with sources telling that at least eight names are on New Orleans’ list so far. Assistants Tom Thibodeau (Celtics), Dwane Casey (Mavericks), Monty Williams (Trail Blazers), Tyrone Corbin (Jazz), and Steve Clifford (Magic) are expected to interview for the Hornets job, along with former head coaches Avery Johnson and Lawrence Frank and broadcaster Mark Jackson. Johnson, Jackson and Thibodeau also are expected to interview with the Sixers. 

The Nets’ search is in limbo until the transfer of ownership to Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov is completed. All signs point to team president Rod Thorn remaining with the team, with Kiki Vandeweghe back to his GM position. Though the Nets have scheduled no formal interviews, they are believed to be interested in Thibodeau, Boston’s associate head coach in charge of the defense, and Jackson, whose name recognition and New York roots would be appealing for a team on its way to Brooklyn. 

Vinny Del Negro’s status in Chicago is expected to be resolved this week as organizational meetings conclude with chairman Jerry Reinsdorf. Several front office situations also are in flux, including Portland, where GM Kevin Pritchard is waiting to learn if he will meet the same fate as close friend and former top assistant Tom Penn, who was fired in March. In Denver, GM Mark Warkentien’s contract is set to expire after he did not receive an extension to accompany coach George Karl’s. Sources familiar with the Denver situation said Warkentien’s status is expected to be resolved within a week after the Nuggets’ playoff elimination. Team executive Rex Chapman is expected to be let go, sources said. 

The Clippers have not made any official inroads in their coaching search, leading rival executives to wonder if further changes are afoot in the front office after Mike Dunleavy was removed as coach and then fired as GM. Dunleavy’s replacement, Neil Olshey, has been told his status is not interim in nature, sources said. Dunleavy has filed an arbitration case after the Clippers stopped paying his salary, of which nearly $7 million is owed through the end of next season. 

In Philly, all decisions hinge on whether Larry Brown decides to leave the Bobcats for the Sixers’ team presidency. Brown, 69, has said publicly he won’t coach anywhere but Charlotte, but has returned home to Philadelphia to speak to his wife and children about his next career move. The Bobcats are pushing for Brown to resolve his future “sooner than later” so the organization can move forward with preparations for the draft and free agency with a clear understanding of who will be coaching the team.

Since: Jan 17, 2007
Posted on: May 3, 2010 6:04 pm

Coaching carousel speeding up for Sixers, Hornets

ACC: The Grizz missed the playoffs, but check it out, every playoff team in the West won at least 50 games.  When will that ever happen again?  Memphis has a excellent chance at the playoffs next year, with a young improving team.  A free agent move and a decent draft and they could be in the mix next year.

Since: Jan 17, 2007
Posted on: May 3, 2010 6:01 pm

Coaching carousel speeding up for Sixers, Hornets

I feel sorry for the Hornets.  After a couple of seasons in OKC, getting near sell-outs and rabid fans, they went back to NO and are having trouble filling the seats (88.9% of capacity, 23rd in the league).  OKC, on the other hand drew 98.9% of capacity, 12th in the league.  Oh, and the OKC team won 50 games and made the playoffs.  The Hornets never should have left Charlotte.

Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: May 3, 2010 5:00 pm

Coaching carousel speeding up for Sixers, Hornets

You picked the  wrong year to make that statement.

Look at the havenots such as Milwaukee, Charlotte, OKC all making the playoffs with winning records.

Memphis missed the playoffs but had a .500 mark.

Atlanta was a havenot for a decade and now they are perennial contender.

Since: Apr 6, 2010
Posted on: May 3, 2010 10:27 am

Coaching carousel speeding up for Sixers, Hornets

Most of the time these coaching decisions seem to be made from the retread tire section of the Goodyear store.  It is just like musical chairs on the Titanic for most of the teams in need of a coach. All the usual suspects are in need, Philly, NO, Clippers,Nets.  To bad Anne Sulllivan isn't available,as some of these perrenial losers need a miracle worker.  The NBA has become a league of have and have nots, with the nots making up the vast majority. They are so desperate, but never seem to find the answer. How can you be terrible for decades ( Clips) and never, ever show any sign of turning the corner.  The Hornet job seems to be the pick of the litter.  

Since: Oct 20, 2006
Posted on: May 3, 2010 9:09 am

Coaching carousel speeding up for Sixers, Hornets

Can't forget about the Celtics too.  I've heard many reports saying Rivers might leave after this season to take some time off with his family.  With the Big Three nearing the end, it would also allow Rivers to go out on top and give the Celtics a chance to bring in a new coach to help rebuild. 

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