"The 76ers are internally contemplating adding former North Carolina star and assistant coach Phil Ford to their coaching staff," writes Daily News writer Phil Jasner. "A source within the organization said that coach Larry Brown was considering Ford . . . "
New York Post columnist Peter Vescey reported last Friday that the Sixers had already decided to hire Ford, but the UNC Sports Information Office informed us that at that time, Ford had not spoken with anyone, including the 76ers or Dean Smith, about the matter.
Ford was an assistant coach at Carolina from 1988-2000, which included six Final Fours.
He is best remembered for running the Four Corners offense in the late 1970s for the Tar Heels. Ford is UNC's all-time leading scorer with 2,290 points.
He currently holds a position in the Rams Club (Educational Foundation), having left the coaching staff upon Matt Doherty's arrival last summer.
The Philadelphia organization is already filled with Tar Heels. Brown ('63) has John Kuester ('77) as an assistant coach and Dave Hanners (76), who coached alongside Ford at Carolina, as a scout. George Lynch, who led the 1993 Heels to the national championship, started 80 games for the Sixers last season, averaging 8.4 points and 7.2 rebounds.