Thursday, March 5, 2015

Source: Owls targeting McKie for player development post

Temple University has targeted former Owl Aaron McKie for a position within the school’s basketball program.

Source: Owls targeting McKie for player development post

Former 76ers guard Aaron McKie. (Ron Schwane/AP file photo)
Former 76ers guard Aaron McKie. (Ron Schwane/AP file photo)

Temple University has targeted former Owl Aaron McKie for a position within the school’s basketball program.

According to a source with knowledge of the situation, McKie, who most recently served as an assistant coach with the 76ers, is believed to being looked at for a player development position.

Inducted into the Temple Basketball Hall of Fame in 2011, McKie, who is presently working for Comcast SportsNet as an analyst on the network’s pre and postgame 76ers shows, was most recently a member of the 76ers coaching staff from 2008 – 2013. His name came up briefly in whispers as a potential coaching candidate for the Sixers shortly after the team parted ways with former coach Doug Collins last year.

Prior to that, McKie enjoyed a 13-year playing career in the NBA following an illustrious career at Temple. As a pro, McKie averaged 7.4 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.7 assists.

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The 17th overall pick by the Portland Trailblazers in the 1994 NBA Draft, McKie’s career also included stints in Detroit, Philadelphia and Los Angeles. McKie spent eight seasons with the Sixers. A key member of the 2001 team that went to the NBA Finals, McKie was named the NBA’s top sixth man that season.   

McKie starred locally at Gratz High School before entering Temple in 1991.  He finished his career there in 1994 tied for sixth on the all-time scoring list with 1,650 points. He averaged 17.9 points per game while starting 92 games.

McKie’s best season on Broad Street was his junior season, which saw him average 20.9 points and earn Atlantic-10 Player of the Year honors. He was named first-team all-conference as a senior.

 

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John Mitchell is in his second year covering Temple after two seasons covering the 76ers for the Inquirer, after joining the paper in November 2011. He covered the Washington Wizards for the Washington Times from 1998 to 2008. He's also worked at the Philadelphia Tribune, the Wilmington News Journal, Courier-Post, Trenton Times and Elmira Star-Gazette. He graduated from Overbrook High School and Howard University in Washington, D.C. Follow him on Twitter @jmitchinquirer or reach him at jmitchell@philly.com.

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