We now know the Doug Collins coaching era has come to a close with the Sixers, but can the same be said for Tony DiLeo as the team’s general manager?
DiLeo was promoted to general manager on Sept. 21, 2012, but he is under contract only through June 30.
Thursday morning, Sixers majority owner Josh Harris fielded questions from media members and the topics ranged from Andrew Bynum to Collins’ successor and who will be making decisions regarding those topics moving forward.
“We are going to run a process and ultimately we will get a lot of input from a lot of people, but at the end of the day, the GM and I will be the ultimate decision-makers,” Harris said.
Harris has a general manager in place in DiLeo. Why not use DiLeo’s name? And if DiLeo is going to be the team’s general manager in the future, why not show stability during a very unstable time and extend his contract?
Harris is jumping to no immediate decisions at this time.
“In the offseason, I believe we certainly made decisions that we all can learn from,” Harris said. “Last year, things did not work out, so everything is going to be on the table. We are going to be looking at all aspects of the organization and trying to bring a winner to Philly, so that is the way I would answer that.”
Still, there is a coach to pursue, a draft to prepare for and free agency to contemplate. Who is the basketball mind in charge? Is it former president turned consultant Rod Thorn? Or despite having an expiring contract, is DiLeo truly the man running the show?
“Rod is at this point an adviser,” Harris said. “Rod went to every game and he [knows] more about basketball than I will ever know and he is a good person to have around. He has been completely constructive and welcomed, but at the end of the day, Tony DiLeo is the GM of the team right now.”
Last summer, there were a number of people considered by the Sixers’ brass to be Thorn’s successor as GM. That list included Danny Ferry, Jeff Bower, Tom Penn and Sam Hinke, to name a few. Ferry eventually removed his name from consideration and took the GM gig with the Hawks.
Did the presence of a strong-willed Collins -- who played a role in all personnel decisions -- impact the candidates who were interested in the job? Will there be another GM search this summer and in what order are things going to be addressed?
These are all legitimate questions looking forward, but Harris is preaching patience because he wants to get things right.
“I would like to have a coach but I want to have the right coach,” Harris said. “I don’t think that will happen overnight. This is something Doug decided and it was decided very recently. So we don’t have a ready-made coach. We have to spend time and analyze a process. That’s the only way I know how to do things.”