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Ed Stefanski meets again with Dwane Casey

Ed Stefanski meets again with Dwane Casey
The 76ers' coaching search, now more than two weeks old, has been steadily expanding, contracting, then expanding again. Yesterday was no exception.

Dwane Casey, an assistant coach with the Dallas Mavericks, appears to be the first of the original candidates to receive a second interview, with a source close to him confirming last night that Casey and Sixers general manager Ed Stefanski had met again.

Another source with knowledge of the search confirmed that Stefanski intended to reach out to Jeff Van Gundy and Doug Collins, although Stefanski has officially contacted neither.

A source close to Collins said that as of yesterday, the Sixers had not contacted the TNT analyst and former Chicago Bulls head coach.

Van Gundy, a former head coach of the New York Knicks and Houston Rockets who works for ESPN, responded in an e-mail: "I don't believe it's right to talk about jobs." A source close to him said he would be surprised if Van Gundy landed in Philadelphia, adding that Van Gundy generally wanted input on player-personnel decisions.

It was unclear whether Stefanski, who will be in Chicago today and tomorrow for the NBA draft combine, is offering player-personnel authority to any candidates. An e-mail requesting clarification was not returned.

The Sixers also have connected with former Mavericks head coach Avery Johnson, but he has no desire to be part of a search, preferring to be a team's only candidate.

"The Sixers officially contacted me regarding their head-coaching position, but I have decided to stay in my role with ESPN," Johnson said in an ESPN news release.

Los Angeles Lakers assistant coach Kurt Rambis, whom Stefanski interviewed last week, is no longer a candidate. He is expected to interview this week for the Sacramento Kings vacancy.

Four 76ers candidates remain: Casey, Eddie Jordan, Tom Thibodeau, and Chris Ford.

Casey coached the Minnesota Timberwolves for 11/2 seasons, going 53-69 before his firing 40 games into the 2007-08 season.

Jordan, who coached the Washington Wizards for just over four seasons, was the first candidate Stefanski interviewed. Jordan did not immediately return a text message requesting comment.

Thibodeau, an NBA assistant coach for 19 seasons, the last two with the Boston Celtics, is also scheduled to interview for the Kings vacancy.

Ford, who coached the Celtics and Sixers and is the Sixers' pro-personnel scout, said yesterday that he had met only once with Stefanski.

This swirl of information confirms what Stefanski said at the end of last week: He would continue interviewing and offered no timetable for when the Sixers' next coach would be in place.

Two others mentioned as possible candidates are Rockets assistant Elston Turner and Cleveland Cavaliers assistant John Kuester, who spent six seasons (1997-2003) with the Sixers under Larry Brown.

An NBA source confirmed yesterday that the Sixers had not contacted the Rockets or Cavaliers for permission to speak with Turner or Kuester.

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

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