Adrian Wojnarowski dropped some more #WojBombs today, focused on what seems to be the biggest uncertainty remaining during the NBA offseason - the Sixers 3-month long coaching vacancy!
Philadelphia has permission and will interview Atlanta assistants Kenny Atkinson and Quin Snyder for head coaching job, sources tell Y!— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 17, 2013
The Sixers' interest in Quin Snyder stretches back to May, when blog member and friend Tom Moore reported said interest. Snyder previously worked for the Sixers for a year under Doug Collins, most notably as the guy who got the short straw and had to talk during halftime and other breaks to the sideline reporter. Snyder, who I believe is thought of as an offensive coach, spent last year coaching CSKA Moscow and signed with the Hawks this summer as an assistant.
Kenny Atkinson, another current Hawks assistant, worked in Houston (big shocker, here) as a (you guessed it) player development coordinator (!) back in the 2007-08 season, according to his NBA.com profile.
Also, Woj confirmed what CSN Philly's Dei Lynam reported earlier this week about the team's interest in Boston Celtics assistant Jay Larranaga:
Boston Celtics assistant Jay Larranaga met with Sixers management to discuss head coaching job on Tuesday, league sources tell Y!— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 17, 2013
Larranaga, most famous for sharing his father's last name, coached the Celtics summer league squad in Orlando and also has experience as a head coach of a professional basketball team in the state of Pennsylvania - which sounds much better than saying he coached the D-League's Erie Bayhawks. I wonder which of those statements he has on his résumé, as he might not have to change it if he gets hired.
I'm trying to find more on Atkinson, who brings a pretty intriguing background to the table with a history with Hinkie's old team and with a player development background that the Sixers seem to be looking for. The other two have at least some coaching search name recognition - Snyder floated around this year, and before Boston hired Brad Stevens Larranaga was a leading candidate for the head coaching spot there.