Jay Wright is a Pennsylvania native, a Tony Luke’s guy who turned Villanova into a national champion and a powerhouse. He’s a local hero.
So could he fix the 76ers? His name came up came up when the Sixers decided to replace Brett Brown as coach, but on Wednesday Wright took his name out of the mix.
Tyronn Lue is considered the frontrunner for the job, but there could be a bidding war with Brooklyn. Lakers’ assistant Jason Kidd and Rockets assistant John Lucas are both interested in the job. Ime Udoka, currently a 76ers assistant, is in the mix as well.
Philadelphia is a job that comes with a lot of challenges but also the opportunity, if things go right, to compete at the highest levels of the league. This roster needs a coach who can better mesh the games of Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons on the court (and get through to Simmons about taking threes). However, to really win would require changing the roster around those stars to add shooting and playmaking, something not in the coach’s hands.
Jay Wright looked at all that and took a pass.