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Keith Pompey: NBA sources have confirmed the #Sixers hired Lloyd Pierce. He is #Memphis' player-development coach. Twitter @PompeyOnSixers
Lloyd Pierce is the latest person rumored to receive consideration for the 76ers vacate coaching job. But it appears this rumor might not have a lot of legs to stand on. The Sixers have a policy of not commenting on rumors. A league close to Pierce said the Sixers have not requested permission to interview the Memphis Grizzlies assistant. "Don't think so," the source of there being any truth to the rumor. "Haven't heard anything about it on this end. Who put that out there?" Philadelphia Inquirer
The Grizzlies announced that Bob Thornton and Lloyd Pierce, will join head coach Lionel Hollins’ staff as an assistant (Thornton) and player development coach (Pierce). With almost 30 years of collegiate and professional basketball experience as a player, scout and coach, Thornton comes to Memphis after spending the past four seasons (2007 – 2011) as an advance scout for the Oklahoma City Thunder. Along with his work with the Thunder, Thornton also served as an assistant coach for two NBA teams, first with the Chicago Bulls (2002-2004) and most recently with the Minnesota Timberwolves (2005-2007). Before his first stint with Bulls, Thornton spent one season (2001-2002) as head coach for Huntsville Flight of the NBDL, along with one season as head coach of the Quad City Thunder of the CBA (2000-2001). NBA.com
Lloyd Pierce, whom the Warriors hired as an assistant coach in late December, will not be a part of Mark Jackson's coaching staff in 2011-12. Pierce was hired by the Warriors on Dec. 24, to replace Stephen Silas, who left the team to work with his father Paul Silas in Charlotte. During his brief tenure with Golden State, Pierce was seen primarily working out individually with Warriors players. CSNBayArea.com
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