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#1 Makaveli


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Posted May 18, 2009 - 03:19 PM

PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia 76ers will interview Boston Celtics assistant coach Tom Thibodeau for their vacant head coaching position.

The interview was confirmed by a person familiar with the decision who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because an announcement has not been made. The date of the interview was not immediately known.

Thibodeau, known as a defensive-minded coach, just completed his second season as an assistant to Boston coach Doc Rivers. Thibodeau was an assistant coach for the Sixers in 1993-94.

The Sixers already have interviewed former Wizards coach Eddie Jordan. The Philadelphia job became vacant when Tony DiLeo stepped down last week and returned to the front office.


#2 Air Apparent

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Posted May 18, 2009 - 03:23 PM

Philly needs to grab someone good..that team has a lot of potential I feel


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Posted May 18, 2009 - 03:33 PM

Some quick info on Thibodeau:

- Has been an assistant for 19 seasons, 15 of which his teams were top 10 in defense

- Has been an assistant with the Celtics the last 2 seasons, in which they were 2nd ('08) and 3rd ('09) in scoring defense

- Was an assistant with the Rockets from 2004-2007, each year the team was top 5 in defense

- Helped the Rockets set franchise records in scoring defense and fg% defense

- Was a part of a Knicks team that held a consecutive 33 opponents under 100 points, an NBA record

- Is from the east coast (Connecticut)

- Was a Sixers assistant under John Lucas in the mid-90s

“Having Tom on this staff gives us a tremendous advantage,” Rockets Head Coach Jeff Van Gundy said. “He is an expert in the areas of game preparation and player development. I feel that he’s one of the finest coaches in the NBA today and should be a top candidate to be a head coach.”


Oh yeah, do it, Mitch!

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Posted May 18, 2009 - 03:43 PM

He is the kind of coach we need. But his chances of earning a head coaching job is pretty high

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