Philadelphia was 32-27 and went to the Playoffs after DiLeo became head coach. From AP-
Philadelphia 76ers interim coach Tony DiLeo has withdrawn his name from consideration for the permanent coaching job.
Sixers general manager Ed Stefanski says DiLeo decided Monday to return to his old job in the front office as a senior vice president and assistant general manager. He says the search for a replacement will begin immediately.
DiLeo replaced Maurice Cheeks after the Sixers stumbled to a 9-14 start. They went 32-27 under DiLeo and earned a playoff spot.
Despite the improvement under DiLeo, the 76ers looked lethargic late in the year before getting bounced from the playoffs by the Orlando Magic in the first round. After the playoffs, some team members offered only lukewarm endorsements of DiLeo.
The Maurice Cheeks firing was a dumb move. While the 76ers played all right for the rest of the 2008-09 season, they aren’t more than a mediocre NBA team at this stage. No matter who the coach is.
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