Posted by: Michael Kaskey-Blomain
04/19/13 12:28 pm EST

Yesterday, Doug Collins officially notified the 76ers organization, the media and Philadunkia nation that he would not be returning to the sidelines next season – something he decided and informed Tony DiLeo of back in December.  So the Sixers are officially in the market for a new head coach.

No, the Sixers’ struggles this season don’t fall solely on the shoulders of Collins.  Not only did he have to deal with a serious string of injuries throughout the season, he never actually got to coach the team he envisioned, and built around, last off-season.  With Bynum sitting the entire season, Collins was often left to play catch up, plugging players in as he went along.

Nonetheless, after such a disappointing season it is no surprise to see fingers pointed at the head coach, especially considering the large hand Collins had in assembling this underachieving unit.

This pseudo-rebuilding stage the Sixers are in is more than Collins bargained for, so it’s no surprise to see him stepping away. 

Realistically, the best available coaches, the likes of hall-of-famers Phil Jackson and Jerry Sloan are not going to come to Philly on a rebuilding mission.  Coach Cal isn’t going to leave the comfort of Kentucky to revive the 76ers, and Larry Brown isn’t going to walk through the door accompanied by a 27-year old Allen Iverson.  Let’s get those lofty options out of the way early.

However, even with all of those options eliminated, there are plenty coaching choices for the Sixers to pursue; coaches who will be eager to embrace the challenge of turning the team around.

1.  Avery Johnson – Johnson was given a very short lease in Brooklyn this season, and was yanked from the job before the Nets ever even dipped below .500.  Known as “The General’ during his playing days because of his knowledge and on-court leadership, Avery could be a great influence on a young Sixer squad.  As the youngest coach ever to reach 150 victories, Avery has the energy, enthusiasm, and experience necessary to lead a team transformation.

2. Brian Shaw – Currently an assistant in Indiana, Shaw has been waiting in the wings to become an NBA head coach for what seems like forever.  Several years of assisting under the great Phil Jackson, plus a plethora of playing experience make Shaw’s resume one of the best among available options.  His relatively young age, which would allow him to grow with his players, and his desire to succeed at his first head coaching gig should provide the Sixers with further incentives to pursue Shaw.

3.  Mike Brown – The 2009 NBA coach of the year, Mike Brown could bring defense and a structured game plan to the 76ers.  Defense and discipline are important for a developing team, and Mike is a master at both. Brown has never had to coach a team void of a superstar, and he might actually enjoy developing a team where the agenda is not already set. The Sixers could gain from his X’s and O’s, and it would give Brown a chance to show his all-around coaching abilities; both sides could benefit.

4.  Stan Van Gundy – This is a bit of a reach, but if Stan Van has any desire to return to the sidelines this season, the Sixers should at least give him a glance.  Van Gundy has had success at each of his two NBA stops, and probably would have a championship ring had Pat Riley not stepped in and took the team to the title himself.  Van Gundy can maximize the talent of a team, and puts his players in positions to succeed.

5.  Aaron McKie – This guy knows the Sixers’ system in-and-out, as both a player and a coach and is extremely familiar with the franchise.  He is respected around the League for his basketball mind and can relate to today’s players.  Though he lacks the leadership experience the Sixers may be looking for, this could be a great opportunity for both sides to see how McKie has what it takes to be a head coach in this League.



  1. Steve Toll
    19. April 2013 at 14:09

    The issue with the 76ers is that the front office and owners are terrible. Whomever is hired isn’t in a position to succeed and will like be fired in a few years anyway.

    That being said……

    Avery Johnson and Mike Brown are LOL TERRIBLE TERRIBLE TERRIBLE

    What system are you referring to with Aaron Mckie? He has spent the past few years under a TERRIBLE head coach. No no no no no

    SVG is a very good coach. Shaw has a great pedigree and I can safely assume that he is smart enough to avoid the 76ers.

  2. Michael K-B
    19. April 2013 at 14:41


    How exactly is Avery Johnson “LOL Terrible?” He is the youngest coach to 150 wins and took a team to the finals. Granted they collapsed, but he got them there. All reports say that he is well-respected by his players (Save maybe D-Will), and his young age makes him relatable to a growing Sixer team.

    I didn’t ‘LOL’ at your preposterous claim the other day that that mish-mash former 76er team you drew together could actually contend in the League, even though it deserved several LOL’s. Thanks for reading!

  3. T. Martin
    19. April 2013 at 17:54

    No to Avery Johnson. Who can stand that voice? Players? No. Fans? No.
    No on Mike Brown, he was a bad fit for the Lakers and he’d be a bad fit for the Sixers.

    How about Byron Scott? He took the Nets to the Finals twice.
    How about Kelvin Sampson?
    How about Jay Wright?

    How about Aaron McKie to buy time until Doc Rivers looks beyond Boston Harbor for his next gig with Pierce, Garnett about to hang it up?

  4. Alex
    19. April 2013 at 18:11

    “The issue with the 76ers is that the front office and owners are terrible. Whomever is hired isn’t in a position to succeed and will like be fired in a few years anyway”
    Lets talk facts and not …… Your solution to fire Front Office, sell team, etc etc. is not a solution. Can you talk facts?

  5. Wang
    19. April 2013 at 19:16

    Yes. I am with Steve that Avery Johnson and Mike Brown are two proven inferiorities. No need to talk more about these two guys…

    Aaron Mckie could be a gamble with risks. But who knows, you never know how good Frank Vogel could be before he took the charge. Jacque Vaughn is also decent for his first-year stint.

    SVG is a grumpy guy but devoted and hard working. He is the most likely candidate.

    Shaw has been hyped up since Phil Jackson’s departure last season. Since he reportedly skipped the coaching gig at Cavs and some other poor teams, you can tell this guys is smart. You have to have a convincing roster to lure him.

  6. Steve Toll
    19. April 2013 at 19:17

    I wasn’t “LOL Terribleing” your suggestions, I was giving an honest opinion.

    I’d first like to point out, that by not responding about Mike Brown, you are acknowledging that 1 of my 2 “LOL TERRIBLE” remarks is one you agree with.

    Avery Johnson is the a horrible in game coach as evidenced by being a horrible in game coach. Generally speaking, if you can’t coach well “in game” you are a “LOL Terrible” coach. Avery Johnson didn’t take a team to the finals, he sat on the bench. There was a reason that he was fired from Dallas and it wasn’t because he was a dynamic bench presence.

    How well did he relate to the Mavs and Nets before he got fired? Proof in Pudding, amigo

    A small part of me died inside reading the youngest to 150 wins line in the comment section. For the article, it is perfectly fine but the reality is, it’s just something nice to say and is in no way related to his ability as a coach.

    I look forward to your comments in the “former 76er mish mash” article about why a team with 12 +average NBA players couldn’t compete in the Leastern Conference. I am looking forward to a new and brighter NBA perspective.

  7. Matt
    19. April 2013 at 19:21

    I’m definitely good with Brian shaw, but Stan van Grundy and Avery Johnson I don’t see as good fits. They have good basketball minds, but are similar to Collins in that they push and ride their players too much. The players will get burned out and tune them out if things go sour. I’ve never felt mike brown was a good coach. He had lebron in Cleveland, but bombed in LA. Aaron mckie I love as a sixers fan, but I think he needs more time as an assistant.

  8. Wang
    19. April 2013 at 19:33


    I think two things speak volume about Johnson’s coaching ability and a almost irreparable rep. We all know that: In 2006 Finals, 2-0 lead slipped away; in 2007, the Golden State pulled off one of the most memorable upsets of all time.

    A good coach could lose games, but getting outplayed twice in situations where you have clear advantage over the other teams is a sign of incompetence. If you can’t convert the advantage to be wins, how could you possibly be counted on to lead your team out of adversity.

    But of course, the guy who is at the helm now on the Nets is no better than Johnson, which makes me scratch my head.

  9. Jon
    19. April 2013 at 19:34

    MKB, dude… So glad I can read an article that actually relates to the present sixers, the situation they’re in, and isn’t filled with radical theories and non sense. Good luck trying to make that argument with Steve!!!

  10. Steve Toll
    20. April 2013 at 10:18


    Here is why DAL lost to GSW back in 07;



    That is true right now, and it’s not even up debate. The Owners are clueless, the GM (or whomever making the decisions) has managed to decimate the team and without some miracle taking place…… Whomever is hired will not be employed by the 76ers in a few years.

    I want the 76ers to succeed, but I also have been the most honest AND more importantly, CORRECT, in regards to insight on how things would turn out for the 76ers.


    You are correct about everything except SVG isn’t interested in coming to Philly at least according to a source close to him.

    PJ is totally overrated, the difference in the Nyets has been the resurgence of Deron Williams

  11. Jon
    21. April 2013 at 13:45

    Steve, how can you still say this…

    “I look forward to your comments in the “former 76er mish mash” article about why a team with 12 +average NBA players couldn’t compete in the Leastern Conference. I am looking forward to a new and brighter NBA perspective.”

    …When you haven’t responded to two of your readers arguments against you that present a clear flaw in that team. Your team would average 80 points a game at best.

  12. Steve Toll
    21. April 2013 at 15:35


    What is the flaw? There isn’t a guy who’s scores 25 points per game?

    Like most people continue to do, you fail to understand a simple concept that a good basketball player is quite valuable and able to put the ball in the hoop. Depth is also underrated because most teams guys aren’t good once you get to the 7th/8th man. A team that is 12 deep with NBA players would be devastating. They would run teams out if the gym.

    If you think that team would average 80pts a game, you are an idiot through and through. I can explain simple things until the cows come home, I don’t care if you understand, I care about being right

  13. Jon
    21. April 2013 at 21:17

    No one on your team has averaged more than 15 points within the last 3 years. I’m not saying you need a prolific scorer but you need some scoring punch. I agree depth is underrated but a team of 12 average players is not better than a team of two superstars and six average players.

  14. Steve Toll
    22. April 2013 at 01:12


    So what nobody is a 20 point per game scorer? That doesn’t matter, ughhhhhh

    They are not 12 average players, so your point is moot.

  15. Steve Toll
    22. April 2013 at 01:14


    Are you the same guy who said this? I think so

    “The Bynum trade was a chance to give us a go to scorer, and in his absence jrue proved he could be that guy.”

    Haaaaaaaaaa, take a look at this

    Check out TS%

    Then click this link;

  16. Adam
    22. April 2013 at 10:48

    I think i like the idea of aaron mckie…. Hoping that he brings some larry brown’s coaching style to this team.

    Shaw would be a good pick too, but i theyre gonna go with a younger player-type coach id hope theyd have some job security while playing the lotto the next 2 years.

    A younger guy would need that type of security while inheriting such a bad roster…. Basically the coach would be installing their system while hopefully a new GM builds the roster through the draft.

  17. Adam
    22. April 2013 at 10:53

    How would a team that goes 8-9 deep be devastating? There is no proven track record in the last 30+ years of nba basketball for that type of team to have playoff success.

    Teams NEED consistent and elite scorers ( which u failed to respond to in the former sixers unite post) to win titles…. Thats how it has always been with maybe 1 exception.

    The sixers huge problem over the iggy/lou/thad era has been that they cant get buckets when they need buckets.

  18. Jon
    22. April 2013 at 11:56

    Steve, you’re right that jrue isn’t that guy, I’ve since changed my mind on that. However, I think he’s much more capable than what you think.

    I don’t get your second link.

    Explain to me the offense that team would run that would be able to consistently score 90+ ppg. Any team with strong team defense would have no trouble stopping them.

  19. Steve Toll
    22. April 2013 at 12:29


    Who said championship?

    Your thoughts are just so wrong, there isn’t much to say


    The team would emulate the Jerry Sloan Jazz System and what the Spurs do with ball movement.

    Lol the Bobcats scored 93.4 this year. This team would be close to leading the NBA in PPG

  20. Jeff McMenamin
    22. April 2013 at 12:31


    If the best teams are one’s the run 8-9 deep, why are the Heat easily going to win the NBA championship when there’s teams like the Nuggets, Spurs and Clippers out West that go by that model?

    Outside of the Clippers, none of those teams have NBA superstars.

    In the NBA, you need superstars. There’s a reason why Jordan and Kobe won 11 titles between them.

    The Thunder have the best shot to win outside of the Heat. Why? They have two superstars in Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant. It’s simple really. Outside of those six teams, no team has a shot at the title.

    Basketball is a team game, but the NBA is a star surrounded by role players game. If you can get two stars like the Heat and Thunder have then you’re extremely lucky. Unfortunately for the Thunder, the Heat have three stars and possibly four if you want to count Ray Allen.

    The Warriors without David Lee nearly beat your “greatest team ever assembled” Denver Nuggets in Game 1. It took an unreal performance from my man Andre Miller in the fourth for them to sneak past.

  21. Steve Toll
    22. April 2013 at 13:21


    The Heat have the best team and best player of all time.

    Lumping Jordan and Kobe together is blasphemy. Kobe has NEVER been a top 5 player.

    This hypothetical team is 12 DEEP, which is unprecedented in the history of the NBA.

    They would run teams out of the gym.

    Gallinari and Faried both didn’t play against GSW.

    Andre Miller > Jrue

  22. Steve Toll
    22. April 2013 at 13:46

    Who could in any scenario suggest that Ray Allen is a star?

  23. Steve Toll
    22. April 2013 at 16:11

    Everyone needs to go look at all the BAD minutes that NBA teams have out on the court each game, I can’t make it any easier to understand

  24. Adam
    22. April 2013 at 17:19

    Toll, we are all talking about championships…. Its the only thing that matters.

    You say im “so wrong” ok, how many teams can u name in the last 33 years that won a title withot a consistent scoring threat…. Ok, ready, set, go!

  25. Jon
    22. April 2013 at 19:02

    Steve, that’s great except Sloan had Karl Malone and John Stockton, and even later on Deron Williams. The Spurs have Duncan, Parker, and Ginobli. Your team has no player near that caliber.

  26. freezer
    23. April 2013 at 10:11

    Damn kobes never even been top 5 lol Can you just write an article to explain that in depth over the summer along with, iggy and mutumbo being better then AI, you know just to keep things interesting, i need something todo while im at work

  27. Steve Toll
    24. April 2013 at 00:41


    Please point to a year that Kobe was top 5 and I’ll tearrrrrrrrrrr it up

  28. Steve Toll
    24. April 2013 at 01:00

    Kobe was MVP in 07-08

    Lebron, CP3, Dirk, KG and Duncan were all superior.

    They each beat Kobe in PER, Roland Rating, RAPM, On/Off and had superior ratings Offensive:Defensive Ratings.

    Except for Duncan who Kobe beat by .007, They all put up FAR superior WS48 numbers as well.

    Defensively, except Dirk, they all crushed Kobe on D.

    Even as the MVP, Kobe was at best the 6th best player in the NBA

  29. Steve Toll
    24. April 2013 at 01:09

    Here is Kobe compared to Billups, STAT, D12 and Manu

    Like I said, Kobe was NEVER a top 5 player

  30. Adam
    24. April 2013 at 09:43

    Toll, you really dont want basketball do u? Just sittin in front of a computer watching numbers change.

  31. Steve Toll
    24. April 2013 at 11:23


    Nothing like all the numbers saying 1 thing and people like you saying the other.

    And if you want to talk “Eye Test”, I am Megaaaaaa Elite because I happen to understand what to watch for.

  32. Dave
    24. April 2013 at 12:45

    Steve, who do you think is the best player in nba history outside of MJ and LBJ?

  33. Adam
    24. April 2013 at 13:18

    Toll, so admit that you do not watch basketball… Got it.

    Enjoy watching numbers change on your computer with ur bed pan filling up as you play work of warcraft on the side.

  34. Steve Toll
    26. April 2013 at 13:04


    Do you want career? Best 1 year, 3yr, 5yr, 10yr peak?


    Of course I dont watch, the numbers tell me everything. I dont have a bed pan, I bring my laptop to the bathroom. WOW sucks, I still play Counter-Strike and I am L77T

  35. Dave
    26. April 2013 at 23:51


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