Oh By the Way, 76ers Still Without a Head Coach – Does It Matter or No?

Oh By the Way, 76ers Still Without a Head Coach – Does It Matter or No?

It’s a slow news day. The Phillies are off tonight and have drifted deep into no man’s land anyway, the Eagles held another open practice today at the Linc earlier but kept things light, and the Flyers and 76ers are firmly entrenched in their respective offseasons.

That being said, we could probably talk about the Sixers every day right now if we really wanted to because they still have not hired a head coach to replace Doug Collins. It’s been 110 days since Collins resigned on April 18, and Philadelphia is the only team in the NBA that doesn’t have that role nailed down. This situation is pretty much unheard of.

We’re not exactly sure what the hold-up is, either. It’s widely assumed general manager Sam Hinkie could hand the job to Michael Curry, who has been with the organization for a few seasons and ran the Sixers during this year’s summer league. San Antonio Spurs assistant Brett Brown reportedly remains an option as well, as are a few others.

Why one or the other or anybody hasn’t been settled upon yet is anyone’s guess, but that combined with the Sixers’ newfound lack of transparency under Hinkie has been the source of some angst in the media. If the franchise is trying to erase the perception that they are a laughingstock, a long, bumbling, and directionless coaching search isn’t helping any we're told.

Ultimately what talking heads and depressed fans have to ask themselves though is whether it really matters – and not just whether it matters that they don’t have a coach yet, but how much it matters who does finally get named to the post. The Sixers aren’t going to be good for awhile. Will the next head coach even still be here when things do finally turn around?

Not that it doesn’t matter at all, because whoever is here for the next few seasons will be influential in the development of Nerlens Noel, Michael Carter-Williams, and other young, impressionable players. In terms of the grand scheme though, is this hire definitely or even probably going to be the guy who eventually leads the team back to the playoffs? On their next meaningful run?

In that sense, does it matter who the Sixers eventually settle on? Does it matter they don’t have that person now when they're in the thick of the offseason?

Just thinking out loud here, Sixers faithful. Do you think the seemingly neglected coaching search is an issue for the 76ers at all? What do you think the shelf life is on whoever that person is going to be? And is this a situation that should concern the fan base at all?

6 months later, Cubs' Kyle Schwarber returns for World Series Game 1

6 months later, Cubs' Kyle Schwarber returns for World Series Game 1

CLEVELAND — Chicago Cubs slugger Kyle Schwarber's rehab finished just in time for the World Series.

Schwarber will bat fifth and be the designated hitter for the National League champions in Game 1 on Tuesday night against Cleveland's Corey Kluber. Schwarber hasn't played in the majors since tearing ligaments in his left knee on April 7 in a collision with teammate Dexter Fowler.

Dallas Cowboys orthopedic surgeon Dr. Daniel Cooper operated 12 days later to repair torn anterior cruciate and lateral collateral ligaments. He was expected to miss the rest of the season but was cleared to return on Oct. 17.

Schwarber played a pair of games in the Arizona Fall League, going 1 for 6 with a double and two walks, and flew to Cleveland on Monday.

Nerlens Noel undergoes surgery on sore left knee

Nerlens Noel undergoes surgery on sore left knee

Nerlens Noel has had surgery on his sore left knee, and the Sixers have not disclosed a timetable for the disgruntled center's return.

Noel has been out since the team's first preseason game. He initially had a left groin strain before experiencing soreness in the knee during rehab, and it was discovered he had an inflamed plica. 

The team is calling the surgery a "minor elective arthroscopic procedure." It was performed in New York by Dr. Riley J. Williams at the Hospital for Special Surgery.

Noel eventually will travel to Birmingham, Ala. to rehab with associate clinical director Kevin Wilk at Champion Sports Medicine.

The Sixers expect to have a timetable for his return once Noel returns to Philadelphia. According to Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer, Noel is expected to miss three to five weeks. 

This has been a rough preseason for Noel, who hasn't hidden his displeasure with his role on the Sixers' jammed frontcourt. The team has until Oct. 31 to extend his rookie contract but, per a report in the Inquirer earlier this month, the two sides have yet to discuss it.