Thursday, February 26, 2015

Former Sixer, All-Star Coach

Scott Brooks is another former Sixers to coach in the NBA All-Star Game.

Former Sixer, All-Star Coach

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When Oklahoma City's Scott Brooks guides his Western Conference club into Sunday's All-Star Game in Orlando, he'll become the fourth former 76ers player (and seventh in franchise history) to coach in the league's mid-season showcase.

Four of the seven played for the Syracuse Nationals (forerunner to the Sixers), including Larry Costello, who played for the team in both of its locales.

Player/Coach ASG Coach Played w/Franchise   
Al Cervi 1952, 55 1949-53
Alex Hannum 1958, 65, 68 1949-51
Paul Seymour 1961 1949-60
Larry Costello 1971, 74 1957-68
Billy Cunningham       1978-80-81-83       1965-72, 74-76
Doug Collins 1997 1973-81
Scott Brooks 2012 1988-90
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