Three years ago, the 76ers decided to bring back a beloved basketball figure to coach their basketball team in Doug Collins. Could they be going a similar route in hiring Collins’ successor?

A report yesterday by ESPN’s Chris Broussard said that the Sixers were going to interview former Villanova great Ed Pinckney for their head-coaching position. Pinckney, of course, was the leader of the Villanova team that won the national championship in 1985. He is an assistant with the Chicago Bulls.

Pinckney was an assistant coach at Villanova and the Minnesota Timberwolves before being the color analyst for Sixers games on Comcast SportsNet for the 2009-10 season.

He joined the Bulls coaching staff in 2010. Pinckney played 12 years in the NBA after that magical Villanova run, which resulted in his being drafted 10th overall by the Phoenix Suns in 1985.

Reported by Keith Pompey of theĀ Philadelphia Inquirer