Monday, December 29, 2014

Sixers meet with Laimbeer, Mitchell

The Sixers' continued their coaching search with a meeting with Bill Laimbeer and another with Sam Mitchell today in Dallas.

Sixers meet with Laimbeer, Mitchell

Bill Laimbeer met with the Sixers on Sunday. (AP Photo/Detroit News, Daniel Mears)
Bill Laimbeer met with the Sixers on Sunday. (AP Photo/Detroit News, Daniel Mears)

The Sixers' continued their coaching search with a meeting with Bill Laimbeer and another with Sam Mitchell today in Dallas.

As has been the case, joining Stefanski at the meeting with Laimbeer was Sixers senior vice president and assistant GM Tony DiLeo and Sixers consultant Gene Shue.

"We want to speak to as many qualified candidates as possible and certainly Bill Laimbeer's credentials as a player and success as a coach - including three championships in six seasons in the WNBA - speaks for iteslf," Stefanski said. "We want to thank Bill for meeting with us." 

Laimbeer, one of the fabled Pistons' ''Bad Boys,'' won two championships in Detroit and was a four-time All-Star. Laimbeer, 52, was drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers in 1979, played a year in Italy, then was traded to the Pistons. He appeared in 1,068 games, averaging 12.9 points and 9.7 rebounds and was a career 49.8 percent shooter from the floor. He retired early in '93-94 as the Pistons' all-time rebounding leader.

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He coached the Shock from 2002 to 2009 and joined the Timberwolves' staff this season as an assistant coach.

After Laimbeer, the Sixers spoke with Mitchell, a former Toronto Raptors coach.

"Sam has been a successful head coach in the league, having been named Coach of the Year in 2007, and we were very interested in speaking with him," Stefanski said. "It was good to sit down with him to exchange ideas about our team and this opportunity."

The team has meetings arranged with ex-Sixer Monty Williams and Dan Majerle tomorrow.

 

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Bob Cooney has been at the Daily News for more than 20 years, working in the sports department for the past 15. This is his third season on the Sixers beat. He has covered just about everything, but mostly college basketball, where he was the La Salle beat writer for six seasons. E-mail Bob at cooneyb@phillynews.com and follow him on Twitter.

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