Health concerns to keep Lynam from return to Sixers

PHILADELPHIA -- Jim Lynam will not return from a leave of absence to serve as Philadelphia's assistant coach because of health reasons.

Lynam returned this year to the Sixers, 20 years after he was an assistant for Matt Guokas. Lynam replaced Guokas as head coach 43 games into the 1987-88 season, going 194-173 in four-plus seasons and winning the Atlantic Division in 1989-90.

Lynam was hired this year as an assistant by coach Maurice Cheeks but took a leave of absence during training camp in October. Lynam had assisted Cheeks for three-plus seasons with the Portland Trail Blazers.