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Sixers say they have no timetable on coach decision

Posted by Marc J. Spears, Globe Staff  May 22, 2009 10:24 AM

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Philadelphia 76ers general manager Ed Stefanski said this morning that he had no timetable set for the hiring of his team’s next coach, a job that Celtics assistant coach Tom Thibodeau interviewed for yesterday.

Stefanski released the following statement this morning:

"In the past week, I have completed interviews with six candidates, all of whom are exceptionally qualified, have an impressive knowledge of the game and are very well-respected within the basketball community.

"I truly appreciate that they took time out of their schedules to meet with me regarding this position. Along with my staff, we will continue our due diligence -- including further interviews, extensive research and in-depth background checks -- before a final selection is made.

"As I have said before, the qualities I am looking for in our next head coach include excellent communication and leadership skills, will stress the importance of accountability while also developing our players and will be a strong tactician.

"As such, due to the number of candidates still involved in the process, there is no timetable set for when this very important decision regarding the future direction of the franchise will be made."

Thibodeau is also scheduled to meet with the Sacramento Kings about their top job.

Thibodeau has built a reputation as one of the best defensive coaches in the league. In 18 seasons as an NBA assistant coach, his teams have ranked among the top 10 in team defense 15 times. The Celtics were tops in the league this season in field goal percentage defense and third in points allowed per game.

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