Report: Sixers eye Kuester as top assistant

Report: Sixers eye Kuester as top assistant
September 20, 2013, 2:45 pm
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John Kuester served as a Sixers assistant coach from 1997-2003 and once again in 2005-06. (AP)

As Sam Hinkie continues to add to the Sixers' roster heading into training camp, he and Brett Brown still have to fill out the remainder of the coaching staff.

According to a report from Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski, ex-Sixers assistant and ex-Detroit Pistons head coach John Kuester "is the leading candidate to join Brett Brown's staff as top assistant [with] the 76ers."

Kuester was formerly a Sixers assistant under Larry Brown from 1997-03 and rejoined the franchise for a season in 2005-06, Mo Cheeks' first season in charge.

After a college career at North Carolina, Kuester spent three seasons in the NBA from 1977-80 before moving into the coaching ranks at Richmond and later serving as an assistant to Rick Pitino at Boston University.

He made the jump to the NBA in 1990 when the joined Brown's Boston Celtics staff before following Brown to Philadelphia and later Detroit.

Kuester, after spending two seasons working for Mike Brown with the Cavaliers, was hired as head coach by the Pistons in 2009 to replace -- go figure -- Doug Collins' former assistant Michael Curry. But Kuester failed to turn around the franchise in two seasons, compiling a combined record of 57-107.

He later joined Mike Brown in Los Angeles but was moved from the coaching staff to the role of a scout after one season.

If hired, Brett Brown will, oddly enough, be the third Brown that Kuester has worked for and his third stint with the Sixers.