|Sixers pass on Thibodeau||05.29.09 at 11:49 pm ET|
The Philadelphia 76ers have passed on Celtics assistant coach Tom Thibodeau and hired former Washington Wizards head coach Eddie Jordan to fill their head coaching position, according to ESPN.com. Despite expressing an early interest in Thibodeau, the Sixers only interviewed Jordan and Dallas Mavericks assistant coach Dwane Casey twice. Thibodeau is set to interview with the Sacramento Kings for their head coach vacancy. He helped transform the Celtics into one of the best defensive teams in the NBA.
|Sixers aren’t deciding on Thibodeau just yet||05.22.09 at 1:02 pm ET|
Boston Celtics assistant coach Tom Thibodeau interviewed for a head coaching position with the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday, the Boston Globe reported. He is one of six candidates who have met with the organization.
On Friday, Sixers President and General Manager Ed Stefanski issued a statement saying, “As such, due to the number of candidates still involved in the process, there is no timetable set for when this very important decision regarding the future direction of the franchise will be made.”
The 76ers will continue interviews and conduct further research and background checks on their prospects. Stefanski noted, “As I have said before, the qualities I am looking for in our next head coach include excellent communication and leadership skills, will stress the importance of accountability while also developing our players and will be a strong tactician.”
|Report: Thibodeau to interview with Sixers||05.18.09 at 4:16 pm ET|
Thibodeau has earned praise from all corners for his work with the Celtics defense during his two years with the team. He was given free reign by head coach Doc Rivers to implement his defensive system, which he brought with him from his time as Jeff Van Gundy’s assistant with the Knicks and Rockets.
The Sixers fired Mo Cheeks halfway through the season and interim coach Tony DiLeo stepped down after a first-round loss to the Magic, and it has already been a messy off-season for the Sixers. Free agents to be Andre Miller and Theo Ratliff skipped the team’s final meeting and Ratliff took shots at DiLeo after their Game 6 loss to the Magic.
For a team looking for discipline and a defensive identity, Thibodeau would seem like an ideal choice.