Sixers to interview Malone and Hornacek for coaching opening

mike maloneAssistant coaches Mike Malone of the Golden State Warriors and Jeff Hornacek are being interviewed by the Philadelphia head coaching opening.

The Sixers are considering several candidates to replace Doug Collins, and are expected to start the interview process next week, sources said.

Malone is considered a serious candidate for the Sixers job. The Sixers have been doing a great deal of research on Malone and getting excellent feedback, sources said.

Malone has been a top assistant under Mark Jackson (Golden State), Monty Williams (New Orleans) and Mike Brown (Cleveland). Over the past two years with the Warriors, he’s been the NBA’s top-paid assistant coach.

Hornacek played two seasons (1992-94) with the Sixers in his 14-year NBA playing career. He’s been an assistant with the Jazz for two seasons now. He could be considered a candidate with the Phoenix Suns, where he played the first six years of his NBA career and still keeps a home. Phoenix won’t start its coaching search until it hires a general manager.

The Sixers are also strongly considering Indiana Pacers assistant Brian Shaw, and closely monitoring the contract talks of Lionel Hollins and the Memphis Grizzlies. Hollins could be a free agent at season’s end.

The one piece of the puzzle for the Sixers isn’t just about the coach it is also about the team’s current roster and Front office staff. Reports were Rod Thorn would be more in a consultant role so chances are the team would need to hire a GM. The Sixers are also going to have to figure out what they plan to do with potential free agent Andrew Bynum.

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