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DiLeo out as 76ers head coach

May 11, 2009 1:24:36 PM PDT
Philadelphia 76ers interim coach Tony DiLeo has withdrawn his name from consideration for the permanent coaching job.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. 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 a playoff spot.

But 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.

Stefanski says DiLeo will go back to his former job as a senior vice president and assistant general manager.

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