HoopsHype Michael Curry rumors

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Michael Curry has led a team into the NBA playoffs, served as president of the National Basketball Players Association and spent 11 years playing in the league. And now, Florida Atlantic has lured him back to college. Curry was introduced Monday night in Boca Raton, Fla., as the Owls' new coach, replacing Mike Jarvis, whose six-year tenure at the school ended at the conclusion of this season. Curry most recently was an associate coach with the Philadelphia 76ers, plus was the Detroit Pistons' head coach and guided them to the playoffs in 2008-09. FAU went 10-20 this season, and Curry -- who has already broken down the Owls' play from this season -- knows a rebuilding project awaits. "We want to be a top-25 team in the country," Curry said. "We have to recruit some very good basketball players. But more importantly, we want to recruit good young men. Total package." ESPN.com

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Curry has continued to do just that, even coaching the Sixers' summer league team in Orlando. Young believes that work ethic and a familiarity with the team makes Curry a nice replacement for Collins. "I think he would be the perfect man for the job. He already knows the players and he knows what we need and what we need structure-wise to win games," Young said. "And he is great defensively. He is a great candidate for the job and I for sure would love to see him as a coach. But that is Sam’s (Hinkie) job. To go out there and basically find the best coach, the best person for the job.” CSNPhilly.com

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Another assistant coach, Portland's David Vanterpool, is still a possible candidate to join the group in New York, sources said. Michael Curry, a holdover on the staff of ex-head coach Doug Collins, is considered a candidate for the job too. Yahoo! Sports

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Marc Stein: No matter how many candidates Sixers interview, coaching insiders continue to insist Philly job is going to Michael Curry or Brett Brown. Philly search a lot like Houston's when Rockets last had an opening: Talk to everyone you can to download as much other-team info as you can. Twitter @ESPNSteinLine

Marc Stein: But word in coaching circles persists that Curry on one-year basis while team tanks or Brown off Spurs' bench still Philly's top two options. Latest rumble is that Brett Brown, one of Pop's longtime top aides in SA and Australia's NT coach, will get last interview Philly conducts Twitter @ESPNSteinLine

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Although names of up-and-coming assistants, like Miami’s David Fizdale and Denver's Melvin Hunt are continuously popping up as top targets, the casual demeanor with which the Sixers have approached the search leads me to believe that they may already have their man, and he may already be in the organization. Several of the organization's key players, including their lone all-star Jrue Holiday, have already voiced their support for current assistant coach Michael Curry. As qualified coaching candidates continue to be snatched up by other teams, it is becoming increasingly clear that Curry may be the man. Philadelphia Inquirer

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