Sixers meet with Laimbeer, Mitchell

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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.

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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