PHILADELPHIA (AP) – The Philadelphia 76ers will interview Boston Celtics assistant coach Tom Thibodeau for their vacant head coaching position.

The interview was confirmed by a person familiar with the decision who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because an announcement has not been made. The date of the interview was not immediately known.

Thibodeau, known as a defensive-minded coach, just completed his second season as an assistant to Boston coach Doc Rivers. Thibodeau was an assistant coach for the Sixers in 1993-94.

The Sixers already have interviewed former Wizards coach Eddie Jordan. The Philadelphia job became vacant when Tony DiLeo stepped down last week and returned to the front office.

AP-ES-05-18-09 1801EDT

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