Former Duke player Snyder joins Collins' Sixers staff
Quin Snyder, as it turns out, was the remaining piece to the 76ers' coaching staff. Coach Doug Collins and president/general manager Ed Stefanski confirmed that Snyder - a former coach at Missouri and a 4-year player at Duke - has joined the staff as a developmental coach.
Quin Snyder, as it turns out, was the remaining piece to the 76ers' coaching staff.
Coach Doug Collins and president/general manager Ed Stefanski confirmed that Snyder - a former coach at Missouri and a 4-year player at Duke - has joined the staff as a developmental coach.
"I'm really excited to have him, because he thinks outside the box and his mind is going all the time," Collins said last night. "He's very, very good working on the floor with the players."
The rest of Collins' staff, also not formally announced, will include Brian James, Michael Curry and holdover Aaron McKie. Gone with coach Eddie Jordan's staff from this season are Mike O'Koren, Randy Ayers and Jim Lynam.
James has been an assistant with Milwaukee, Toronto and with Collins in Washington and Detroit. He coached Collins' son, Chris, in high school in suburban Chicago.
Curry began an 11-season playing career with the Sixers as an undrafted free agent in 1993-94, and went on to log time with five other teams. He spent 4 years as president of the players association, 2 years as an NBA executive and time as vice president of player development in the NBA Development League.
He spent 2008-09 as the head coach in Detroit, and was fired after going 39-43.
Snyder, most recently, coached the Austin Toros, the San Antonio Spurs' affiliate in the D-League.
Snyder, 43, went to the Final Four with Duke in 1986, '88 and '89, graduating with a double major in philosophy and political science. He later added a law degree and a master's in business. He has also been an assistant at Duke and with the Los Angeles Clippers.
He was the D-League coach of the year in 2008-09. He was 126-91 in his six seasons-plus at Missouri, resigning before the end of his seventh season under a cloud of controversy, much of it centering around recruit Ricky Clemons.
The Sixers also confirmed that Ohio State's Evan Turner, who has been projected by most observers as their pick at No. 2 in the June 24 draft, will work out for them June 17, a day before Kentucky's DeMarcus Cousins and Georgia Tech's Derrick Favors. Syracuse's Wesley Johnson is scheduled for June 19.
David Falk, Turner's agent, told the Washington Post that his client would only work out for the Sixers, declining a chance to work out for the Wizards, who are expected to take Kentucky's John Wall as the No. 1 pick.
Doug Collins is planning to meet with Sixers forward Elton Brand tomorrow in Santa Monica, Calif.