Playing career: Portland, Detroit, Philadelphia, Los Angeles Lakers (1994-2007)
Coaching career: Assistant with Sixers since 2008
Résumé: Simon Gratz, Temple and the Sixers. It’s difficult to get any more Philadelphian than Aaron McKie. He’s been working as an assistant for the Sixers since his playing days ended and has held the post under four different coaches.
Potential fit with Sixers
John Finger: Who doesn’t love Aaron McKie? He’s probably not ready to be a head coach in the NBA, but if he one day wants to run a team, he’ll probably get the chance. McKie has a great rapport with the players and is a tireless worker. That’s a great combination.
John Gonzalez: He’s a really interesting candidate. While I’d like to see the Sixers move away from someone attached to Collins, McKie has worked as an assistant for several coaches. And he’s spent almost his entire basketball career, from high school to college to the pros, in Philadelphia. If the Sixers aren’t going to be good the next couple of seasons (and they’re not), then going with McKie might not be a bad idea. He’s a fan favorite, and the players love him. He's still a really long shot to land the gig, though.
Dei Lynam: McKie would get a strong popular vote if the fans were hiring the Sixers' next head coach. He was popular when he played on the team that went to the 2001 NBA finals and he is popular today with players as he serves in the role of assistant coach. Hurting McKie will be the fact that Michael Curry served on Doug Collins’ staff and held the title of associate head coach while McKie was an assistant and has less experience. McKie would need to take an aggressive stance saying he wants and deserves the job in order for him to be a viable candidate.