76ers Like Budenholzer or Malone as Coach?
It’s too early to identify a front-runner in the Philadelphia 76ers’ search for a new head coach, but the team has conducted a thorough background check on Golden State Warriors assistant coach Mike Malone, league sources told CBSSports.com.
Sixers brass have contacted the Warriors multiple times about Malone, including several conversations with consultant Jerry West, who has been supportive of Malone’s efforts to land a head coaching job. The Sixers have gone so far as to consult players who’ve played under both Malone and San Antonio assistant Mike Budenholzer to get a feel for how the candidates differ, one of the people with knowledge of the situation said.
Malone, the strategic backbone of Golden State’s run to the conference semifinals against the Spurs, also has served as an assistant for the Hornets, Cavaliers and Knicks.
So far, the Sixers plan to interview Malone and Jazz assistant Jeff Hornacek for the job vacated when Doug Collins stepped down and moved into an advisory role after the season. The organization also has shown interest in Budenholzer, who has interviewed for the Pistons opening, as did former Trail Blazers coach Nate McMillan and Suns interim coach Lindsey Hunter.