Question: Any chance of getting Dawn Staley as the coach? — Deirdre Childress Hopkins from Facebook. Answer: First off, it’s great to hear from you, Deirdre, and thanks for the question. My colleague Marcus Hayes wrote recently that the Sixers should interview Staley because of her accomplishments as a player and a coach. I would hope that if the Sixers interview her that it just wouldn’t be for public relations reasons and that they would truly be considering her. I have been on record saying that I think the Sixers need somebody with NBA head-coaching experience, who can push Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid and I still think they will go that way. That doesn’t mean that somebody like Staley wouldn’t work and she would be a fascinating hire. There is always a chance the Sixers could go this route, but I don’t think it will happen.
April 13, 2021 | 7:24 pm EDT Update
Eric Walden: Quin Snyder said the decision to rest Royce O’Neale comes down to him spending the most minutes in the league guarding opponents’ top scorers. As for balancing rest vs. wins vs. improvement: “In order to be your best, you have to be as fresh as you can be.”
Christopher Hine: Josh Okogie: “What do you do to fix this? I mean, obviously like it just doesn’t stop, so what can we do to fix this? … I just try to figure out something else that I can do to play my part and be more effective in making change.”
Purdue’s Trevion Williams — a first-team All-Big Ten pick and honorable-mention All-American as a junior — will declare for the NBA Draft while retaining his college eligibility by not signing with an agent, he announced on Monday.
According to his Facebook page, the family of Sonics legend Slick Watts reported he suffered a major stroke on Friday. They noted he is currently in the hospital receiving medical care, where they are working to stabilize his condition.
April 13, 2021 | 7:01 pm EDT Update
Dane Moore: Anthony Edwards on his feelings about Alex Rodriguez being the Timberwolves new owner: “I don’t know who that is. I know he’s going to be the owner. But I don’t know anything about baseball.”