With the news that the Atlanta Hawks hired longtime San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Mike Budenholzer yesterday, there have now been three coaching hires in the NBA since the 76ers parted ways with Doug Collins.
The soon-to-be Charlotte Hornets have hired former Lakers assistant Steve Clifford and the Phoenix Suns have moved on from the Alvin Gentry era by hiring former Jazz assistant Jeff Hornacek. Further, the Milwaukee Bucks met with Michael Curry and the Nets requested and were denied an opportunity to meet with Doc Rivers.
But, outside of a small Dei Lynam blurb last week that the Sixers talked to Brian Shaw during the NBA Draft Lottery, Sam Hinkie and company have made no news and generated zero rumors in terms of their search for a new sideline general.
So, is it time to start panicking in Philadunkia nation?
One could argue that Sixers fans should relax because Sam Hinkie knows what he is doing. He was Robin to Daryl Morey’s batman during the meticulous reconstruction of the Houston Rockets. With regards to the 7-6’s head coaching search, Hinkie is simply taking his time and doing his due diligence.
A more concerned and competitive fan could also argue that Hinkie is screwing this up. He, like Joshua Harris, has never been in charge of hiring a coach before and very well could be stumbling along in this process.
And worst of all, is the idea that maybe there’s no news because no NBA coaching candidate even wants the Sixers job.
Now, if you’re expecting Hinkie to move fast and drop bombs along the process, you clearly did not pay attention to how the Houston front office has operated over the last several years. Hinkie clearly will view building the Sixers as if he’s physically building them: slow and steady.
To those who are complaining about the quiet off-season since the Hinkie hiring, remember that the last time the Sixers’ front office acted quickly when they needed a new coach and had cap room, they set the organization back five years. The impatience that many fans are expressing via Twitter and in the comments on this site have been forged from the misery that quick and uninformed decisions of the past created in Philadelphia.
Be patient. Relax. Enjoy the Playoffs! Hey, maybe Hinkie is waiting to interview an assistant in Indiana or Miami and he hasn’t received permission to speak with that individual yet.
Hinkie is going to take his sweet, well researched time in making his first big decision for this organization. That is the smartest way to go about this process. Don’t be surprised if Hinkie doesn’t make a coaching choice until after the June 27th NBA Draft.
The Sixers organization is going to look completely different from top to bottom when they open up camp for the 2013-2014 season this fall. That’s roughly five months away.
So, Sam Hinkie still has a lot of time to make a smart decision on who will be the next head coach of the 76ers.