April 24, 2012; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Utah Jazz assistant coach and former player Jeff Hornacek prior to a game against the Phoenix Suns at Energy Solutions Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

Sixers Coaching Rumors: Malone, Hornacek Among Candidates

According to Yahoo! Sports, the Golden State Warriors assistant coach Mike Malone and Utah Jazz assistant Jeff Hornacek will be interviewed next week. The Sixers received permission from both teams to speak both candidates about their head coaching vacancy.

Hornacek played nearly two seasons with the 76ers after coming over in the Charles Barkley trade in 1992 and has been an assistant with the Jazz for a little over two seasons now.

Malone is regarded as one of the top NBA assistants. He has been the top assistant with the Warriors, Hornets, and Cavaliers. The highest paid assistant in the league is likely to draw interest from other teams that will be looking for a head coach as well.

Current associate head coach Michael Curry and Indiana Pacers assistant Brian Shaw remain in the mix. Both are likely to be interviewed some time next week.

Curry took the Detroit Pistons to the playoffs in his only year of head coaching experience before a first-round exit.

Shaw has been involved in nearly every head coaching opening since being passed up on in 2011 to replace Phil Jackson. Now in Indiana, he is known for having great relationships with and respect from his players.

Wildcards such as Atlanta Hawks coach Larry Drew remain relevant, depending on what Atlanta does with his expiring contract.

More will likely be revealed some time next week as the Sixers begin the interview prospects with all of the potential candidates.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tags: Brian Shaw Jeff Hornacek Larry Drew Michael Curry Mike Malone Philadelphia 76ers

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