Sources: W's assistant high on 76ers' head coaching list

Sources: W's assistant high on 76ers' head coaching list
April 24, 2013, 12:00 pm
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Mike Malone has over 10 years of NBA coaching experience, serving for the Knicks, Cavaliers and Hornets before joining the Warriors. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

Dei Lynam
CSNPhilly.com 76ers Insider

After three years under Doug Collins, who seemingly has reached the end of his head coaching career, it appears the Sixers are now looking for someone ready to begin one.

According to sources, Golden State Warriors assistant coach Mike Malone is high on the Sixers' list to replace Collins as head coach, as is Indiana Pacers associate head coach Brian Shaw.

First, some background:

When the Sixers' search for Eddie Jordan's replacement took place in the spring of 2010, the list included Jeff Van Gundy, Dwane Casey, Tom Thibodeau, Monte Williams and Mark Jackson. On a list of dark horse candidates was Malone, then an assistant coach with the Cleveland Cavaliers under Mike Brown.

Fast forward to 2013 and look where those past candidates are. Van Gundy has remained in the broadcast booth, where he likely will stay. Casey became head coach of the Toronto Raptors. Thibodeau, after 18 years as an assistant coach, landed with the Bulls. Williams is head coach of New Orleans, and Jackson jumped from the broadcast booth to the sideline as head coach of the Golden State Warriors.

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