Sam Hinkie’s hunt for the next Sixers coach continues according to Chris Broussard, with a hometown hero and a lesser known name being thrown into the mix.
Ed Pinckney’s name still resonates in the Philadelphia area as a result of leading the 1985 Villanova team to a shocking NCAA title. Pinckney was the Most Outstanding Player on the lowest seeded team to ever win the NCAA basketball title, an experience that would serve him well if were to take over a clearly rebuilding team. He’s had coaching stops as an assistant at Villanova, the Minnesota Timberwolves, and most recently the Chicago Bulls. Having served under the highly regarded Tom Thibodeau, Pinckney is a rising candidate around the league, especially among the more stats-centric franchises like the Memphis Grizzlies. Pinckney’s experience, reputation, and Philadelphia roots are sure to appeal to many.
The more mysterious choice would be his counterpart, Adrian Griffin. Only 39, Griffin has already shown uncertainty in his commitment to the grind of the NBA schedule. Griffin walked away from the game as recently as 2011 in order to spend more time with his family.
“Coaching is a great aspiration,” Griffin said in a phone interview. “But it came down to what is the best thing for me to do as the head of my house and as a husband and a father. I wasn’t there. The NBA is a great industry to be a part of, but it’s demanding. It’s hard to be a full-time husband and father and full-time coach. Something has to give.”
Griffin was brought in for an interview with the Pistons earlier in the offseason, and is currently running Chicago’s Vegas Summer League team.
One thing is for certain: Sam Hinkie is leaving no stone unturned in his search for the next head honcho. Will there be anyone left to hire by the time he’s done searching?