The Sixers Aren't the Only Team Looking for a New Head Coach

The Sixers Aren't the Only Team Looking for a New Head Coach

The way it's been talked about so far, it's almost as if the Sixers' search for a new head coach exists in a vacuum.

Brian Shaw and Mike Brown are at the top of the Sixers' list.

The Sixers are really high on Shaw and Mike Malone.

The Sixers have officially reached out to Shaw.

The Sixers will interview Malone and Jeff Hornacek.

But the Sixers aren't the only team looking for a new coach.

At current, the Nets, Bucks, Pistons and Bobcats are also looking for replacements for P.J. Carlesimo (via Avery Johnson), Jim Boylan, Lawrence Frank and Mike Dunlap.

It looks as if Larry Drew and his staff are also about to be kicked out of Atlanta.

Don't discredit the remaining possibility of future openings in Los Angeles, should the Lakers go all-in on Dwight Howard or the Clippers opt to cut ties with Vinny Del Negro.

Point is: although the Sixers may be interested in candidates X, Y and Z, they are not alone in their interest.

Take a look at what happened with Brown. No sooner was he mentioned as a candidate for the Sixers than he re-signed in Cleveland. Shaw has already in his career interviewed for nine different head coaching vacancies, but remains an attractive and available assistant because none of those were the right "fit."

The NBA world the Sixers currently inhabit is one in which their open head coaching gig is not exactly desirable. It's the reason they likely won't attract top-tier candidates and the reason still others may be gun-shy about taking the job based on the possibility that failure could preclude them from coaching again.

Of the current openings, the Sixers' job is certainly better than the one in Charlotte, but that's about it. Even Detroit just landed Phil Jackson as some kind of consultant, suggesting they maybe have a direction to sell.

But the Sixers — as currently constituted, presumably without Andrew Bynum — are going nowhere, making this an opening where a coach will be hired to get fired (or in Doug's case, resign).

So if you really want a head coaching job right now, come to Philadelphia. Otherwise, there are other openings available. There will be yet even more in the future.

Nerlens Noel joins Sixers in New Orleans, may play Sunday vs. Pistons

Nerlens Noel joins Sixers in New Orleans, may play Sunday vs. Pistons

NEW ORLEANS — Nerlens Noel made another step toward his return from arthroscopic left knee surgery by joining the Sixers in New Orleans for their game against the Pelicans.

Noel arrived on Wednesday with Robert Covington, who is slated to start after missing the last three games with a left knee sprain. Noel is not cleared to play, but Brown doesn’t think it will be long until he suits up. 

“I don’t think far away,” Brown said of Noel’s regular season debut after shootaround.

When asked about the possibility of Noel playing this weekend when the Sixers face the Pistons on Sunday in Detroit, Brown replied, “Maybe.” 

Noel has missed the entire regular season recovering from elective surgery for an inflamed plica in October. He completed the first phase of his rehab in Birmingham, Ala. and has been continuing his work with the Sixers. This trip to New Orleans is the first time he has been with the Sixers on the road. 

“[He is] integrating with the team, studying a lot of tape, scripting with his teammates with the understanding that we have a chance to see him soon,” Brown said. “All that trying to ramp it up where he can go to an NBA court more comfortably.”

Noel spoke out about his displeasure with the Sixers crowded frontcourt at the start of the preseason. He recently stuck with his stance, saying, “I don’t think the roster’s changed.”

Brown is working to keep the team moving forward as a unit while still being aware of and recognizing Noel’s perspective. 

“It does,” Brown said when asked if Noel’s open frustration concerns him as it pertains to team cohesiveness. “But I feel like it’s so much a part of what we try do around here that it’s not like you’re going to blink and you’ve forgotten something that equals camaraderie, that equals team, that equals trying to keep this together, and you’ve left it for a week … 

“It’s a day-to-day focus for me and it’s a very candid conversation with me and the player. The team hears it, the individual hears it, we all understand it … We need to coexist and we need to understand the reality of it all, too. There’s a human side you understand. It’s also pride, it’s competitiveness, it’s do your job, it’s nothing is given, you’ve got to take stuff, draw your own line in the sand, competitors rule the day.”

Last season Noel averaged 11.1 points and a team-high 8.1 rebounds per game. The Sixers will look forward to having him back on the court in that once-crowded frontcourt that is now shorthanded. Jahlil Okafor remained in Philadelphia with gastroenteritis. Ben Simmons still is rehabbing from a right foot fracture. 

"Soon you’re going to see Ben Simmons coming to a team bench where he doesn’t come out with boots and have to push him in some type of wheely apparatus," Brown said. "We’ve dealt with so many injuries trying to find that balance of dealing with their health and so on, and then trying to integrate them back into a team is part of growing a program."

Flyers fans send amazing postcards to their beat writers

Flyers fans send amazing postcards to their beat writers

I like to give Flyers fans a bit of a hard time on occasion, but that's only because I love them.

One beautiful Flyers fan today reminded me of why I love them.

They took the time to send a postcard to CSNPhilly.com's Flyers Insider -- and hater of the woo -- Tim Panaccio with one single word written on it.

"Woo."

Panotch says "Someone wasted a stamp and post card on this," but I say we just generated at least 50 cents in ad revenue from those of you that are reading this right now.

Money and time well spent.

Now, if you're not up on your wooing, Panotch penned a piece on how some fans wooing at games started annoying some of the players. Panotch hates the woo. BUT... and this is an important but... the Flyers are 6-0 since this all started. 

Woo.