76ers Turn to TV for Coaching Solution
Collins met with the 76ers brain trust on Saturday, with both sides apparently satisfied with the talk. Collins last coached the Wizards in 2003. He spent his entire 8-year NBA career playing for the 76ers under coaches Gene Shue and Billy Cunningham. Kate Fagan of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports Philadelphia general manager Ed Stefanski will meet Monday with Johnson, who spent a bit more than three seasons at the helm of the Mavericks, having been fired after the team's 2008 first-round meltdown against the Hornets.
The Philadelphia Daily News reports Van Gundy has taken himself out of consideration for the job, but that Jackson will likely draw an interview with the team. Dwane Casey, top assistant under Rick Carlisle in Dallas and the former Timberwolves coach, is also on the short list, according to the Daily News.
The 76ers hired Eddie Jordan fairly quickly last summer. He was fired days after the disappointing regular season finished. Philadelphia's roster is seen as heavy on defensive talent and light on shooting, which is basically the opposite of Jordan's modus operandi. Collins was a slow-it-down, grind-it-out coach with the Pistons, Bulls and Wizards, and it would appear the 76ers would be built for that style. Johnson also favored defensive intensity and patient offense. Jackson's preferred style of play is unknown due his lack of experience, and one can reasonably expect that players on a Jackson-led team will be reassured frequently that they are "better than that."