Lead Los Angeles Clippers assistant Tyronn Lue has been one of the main names in the Philadelphia 76ers’ head coach search for weeks, even after losing momentum in comparison to former Houston Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni. As The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Keith Pompey has now reported, Lue had his interview with the Sixers on Tuesday and had a tour of the team’s practice facility in Camden.
Pompey added that Lue is still interested in being the Sixers’ head coach.
D’Antoni is the candidate Sixers GM Elton Brand is “pushing hard” for and he’s reportedly received Joel Embiid’s blessing, so he’s still the top candidate. When considering the continued interest in D’Antoni from ownership and members of the front office as well, the job still seems to be his if he wants it.
Doc Rivers has also emerged as a possibility after leaving the Los Angeles Clippers, and the Sixers didn’t hesitate to reach out to Doc about their head coaching position. This has also created another potential opportunity for Lue, who is a top candidate for the Clippers’ head coach position.
Pompey also included the following detail in his report: “Before Rivers was fired, a source said the [Sixers] would prefer to name a coach this week.”
Lue has interviews for other head coaching jobs lined up over the next week. As Pompey noted, Lue is meeting representatives from the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday, and has an interview with the Rockets next week.
We shouldn’t be waiting too long to hear more about which team Lue is leaning towards, and whether the Sixers would rather offer their job to Lue, or focus on Doc Rivers or (more likely) Mike D’Antoni.