Tweet of the Day: Sixers’ coaching search FINALLY heating up

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David VanterpoolOf the 13 NBA head coaching vacancies this summer, twelve were filled by July 3rd.

Having a head coach is important to the development of young players—as they need to acclimate themselves to the coach’s system and prove they deserve to make the regular season roster. So, it only makes sense that teams would want to have the position filled before beginning the talent evaluation process that is the NBA’s summer league.

A week after the summer league’s conclusion and the Philadelphia 76ers stand alone as the only team in the NBA without a head coach.

Their search could soon be over, as Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski reports.

Vanterpool has only one season of experience as an NBA assistant with the Portland Trail Blazers. However, he spent the previous five years as an assistant to well-respected Euroleague coach Ettore Messinai with CSKA Moscow.

The Sixers have come taken some hits from prominent media members, including former Sixers’ star Charles Barkley, for taking so long in their efforts to hire a coach.

Perhaps the long search will soon be over. Even so, Sixers GM Sam Hinkie seems content to keep Philly fans waiting.

 

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The man only had one lockout-shortened season on the Lakers bench and we’re merely five games into 2012-13, so why is everyone freaking out?

Not only did he install a new offense during camp; he had to do it with an offseason’s worth of fresh bodies.  So after a loss in their fifth game, a single question divided most of the Basketball God Fearing world: should CSKA Moscow fire Ettore Messina?

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After spending last year in Mike Brown’s ear as an assistant with the Lakers—Brown called him “one of the great basketball minds in the history of the sport”—the Italian coaching legend returned to CSKA Moscow, the club with whom he had won Euroleague titles in 2006 and 2008.

Messina also won with Kinder Bologna in 1998 and then again in 2001, thanks to 27 points from a 23-year-old Argentine guard named Manu Ginobili in game three of those finals.

If Messina could add a fifth trophy this season, he would become only the second coach in European basketball history to win five continental championships.  Only Bozidar Maljkovic and Aleksandir Gomelskiy—for whom the Euroleague’s Coach of the Year trophy is named—have as many.  Only Zeljko Obradovic has more, with eight.

But Messina’s fifth trophy felt more than just a few months away Thursday against Barcelona.

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