76ers Head Coach Doug Collins has named his assistants for the 2010-2011 season. Michael Curry, who spent 11 years as a player in the NBA, was named Associate Head Coach. Aaron McKie was retained from Eddie Jordan’s staff, while Brian James, and Quin Snyder were also added.
In addition to his playing career, Curry was formerly the Head Coach of the Detroit Pistons, and led them to the playoffs in his lone season (’08-’09). His resume also includes one season as a Pistons assistant (’07-’08), four seasons as President of the NBA Players Association, one season as NBDL Vice President of Player Development, and one season as NBA Vice President of Basketball Operations.
Mckie, a Philly native, played his high school ball at Simon Gratz, and stayed home to play college ball for John Chaney at Temple University. He played in the NBA for 13 seasons, where he went to the NBA Finals with the 2001 Sixers, and won the NBA Sixth Man Award the same year. McKie will be entering his fourth season on the Sixers bench.
Brian James is a longtime NBA assistant, with 11 years under his belt. He was a lead assistant for four seasons, having served on the bench in Milwaukee, most recently, as well as Washington, Toronto, and Detroit. James worked under Doug Collins in Washington and Detroit, and has also done advance scouting for numerous teams.
Snyder is a former Duke star, who was also Head Coach at the University of Missouri (7 seasons), and spent three seasons as Head Coach of the Austin Toros of the NBA Developmental League. He’s won at every level as a player and a coach, and will be a solid addition to the Sixers staff.
The 76ers also announced that James and McKie will lead the Sixers representative in the Orlando Pro Summer League, beginning next week.