Sixers coaching candidate: Larry Drew

Sixers coaching candidate: Larry Drew

May 12, 2013, 4:15 pm
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Larry Drew guided the Atlanta Hawks to the playoffs in each of his three seasons as head coach. (USA Today Images)

Larry Drew

College: Missouri

Playing career: Kansas City/Sacramento, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers (1980-1991)

Coaching career: Assistant with Los Angeles Lakers, Detroit, Washington, New Jersey and Atlanta. Current head coach with Atlanta.

Résumé: Under new general manager Danny Ferry, the Hawks went through a house cleaning last summer. Some expect that Drew, who guided the Hawks to the playoffs in each of his three seasons as head coach, will be part of the second phase of the house cleaning.

Potential fit with Sixers

John Finger: Drew is still the coach of the Hawks … for now. However, there was a report that he would be interested in coaching the Sixers if asked. The Sixers could do worse than Drew, who led the Hawks to the playoffs in each of his three years as head coach.

John Gonzalez: Drew is a guy who values good shot selection, and when he doesn’t see it, he makes his displeasure known. So, yeah, not sure he’d fit with the Sixers -- a team full of dreadful decision makers who are known to be overly sensitive when criticized. I’m all for telling it like it is, but I’m not sure these players feel the same way.

Dei Lynam: Drew is under contract until July 1 with the Hawks. Will they extend him? It seems unlikely but Hawks general manager Danny Ferry has not released him, either. It would appear Ferry, who when hired last summer by the Hawks inherited Drew, is seeking a splashier name. If Drew is allowed to speak with the Sixers (Atlanta would have to give permission) the Sixers should seriously consider his abilities. Through injuries and a roster that many see flawed, Drew guided the Hawks to the playoffs, his third such accomplishment in three seasons as the head coach. He played 10 years in the NBA and served as an assistant coach from 1992 until 2010, when the Hawks hired him to be Mike Woodson’s successor.