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76ers expand search for coach

76ers expand search for coach
The 76ers have interviewed Kurt Rambis and Dwane Casey, expanding their search for their next head coach to four candidates.

Rambis, who interviewed Monday, and Casey, who interviewed yesterday, join Eddie Jordan and Tom Thibodeau on the list of potential coaches.

The Sixers confirmed yesterday that general manager Ed Stefanski has interviewed both Rambis, an assistant coach with the Los Angeles Lakers, and Casey, an assistant coach with the Dallas Mavericks.

Rambis and Casey join former Washington Wizards coach, Jordan, 54, as the three candidates already interviewed by Stefanski.

Thibodeau, an assistant coach with the Boston Celtics, is expected to interview soon. He is the only candidate without experience as an NBA head coach, although he has spent 19 seasons as an assistant.

A source close to Rambis, 51, said the interview took place at a hotel near Los Angeles. Casey, 52, confirmed his interview with Stefanski via e-mail yesterday afternoon, writing only, "I have met with Ed and the meeting went well." That, too, was near Los Angeles.

Stefanski declined to comment about either interview or about the timing of Thibodeau's interview.

Monday's meeting with Rambis and yesterday's meeting with Casey are the second and third confirmed interviews conducted by Stefanski, who has been searching for Tony DiLeo's replacement since last Monday, when DiLeo withdrew his name from consideration to continue as the Sixers' head coach.

Rambis' current team, the Lakers, began the Western Conference finals last night against the Denver Nuggets.

Rambis played 14 seasons in the NBA for three teams, most notably with the Lakers, for whom he played seven seasons at the beginning of his career and two at the end. His only stint as an NBA head coach came with Los Angeles during the strike-shortened 1998-99 season. Rambis finished that season 24-13 as the Lakers' head coach.

Rambis has also served as the Lakers' assistant general manager.

Casey just finished his first season on Rick Carlisle's staff in Dallas. Casey has two years left on his three-year contract with the Mavericks.

Carlisle called Casey "an excellent candidate," who is "a great communicator, teacher, and highly respected throughout the league."

Before joining the Mavericks, Casey was the head coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves for the 2005-2006 season. The Timberwolves finished that season 33-49.

Minnesota fired Casey 40 games into the 2006-07 as the team started 20-20. Casey finished his time in Minnesota with a 53-69 record.

Casey played collegiately at the University of Kentucky. He coached five seasons in Japan and spent 11 seasons as an assistant coach with the Seattle SuperSonics before taking the head coaching job with Minnesota.

Following suit. The Sacramento Kings announced last night that they were widening their coaching search to include Rambis and Thibodeau. The Kings have interviewed Jordan and former Phoenix Suns coach Paul Westphal.

Contact staff writer Kate Fagan at 856-779-3844 or

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