HoopsHype Brett Brown rumors

October 19, 2013 Updates

Sixers head coach Brett Brown said he heard Lavoy Allen overslept. Rookie guard Khalif Wyatt heard he was sick. Either way, Allen missed Saturday morning's open practice at The Palestra and Brown said he will take care of it. "It's all part of the culture, the culture we're trying to get right," said Brown. "We will deal with him, I will deal with him. What else can you say?" On Friday, Twitter posts reported that Allen was at Temple basketball's Cherry and White night at The Liacouras Center. Wyatt, a former Owls guard, was also at The Liacouras Center. Philadelphia Inquirer

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If you believe what he and his coach are saying, Royce White will make his debut with the 76ers Friday night in their exhibition against Boston. The forward, who said the decision to not travel with the Sixers for their two preseason games in Europe was an organizational move, called the time away from the team “bittersweet.” But both White and Sixers coach Brett Brown said the second-year man is expected to play against the Celtics at University of Delaware’s Carpenter Center. “I look forward to playing Royce tomorrow,” Brown said after Thursday’s practice. Sixers Dish

October 5, 2013 Updates

New 76er Royce White tried last week to dispel any speculation that air travel would hinder him from playing for the team this season. However, the 6-foot-8 forward, who has an anxiety disorder, wasn't among the 14 players who flew here Thursday. The Sixers will face Bilbao Basket on Sunday at the Bizkala Arena at Bilbao Exhibition Center. On Tuesday, they will face Oklahoma City in Manchester, England. "It really was just based on our team doctor giving me and [general manager] Sam [Hinkie] and the club advice that it may be best for him to remain at home," Sixers coach Brett Brown said of White's absence. "You know we are with him. We will support and help him." Philadelphia Inquirer

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One would assume that Brett Brown would fill his remaining assistant-coaching vacancy with someone with NBA head-coaching experience. But the 76ers rookie head coach said that’s not necessarily the case. “I don’t feel with this team that it’s mandatory that I have to surround myself with perspective or wisdom or, you know, an Owl that’s been there, done that,” Brown said. “I feel that this year’s team is about development. And I feel like it’s about ... teaching, relationships and energy more than NBA wisdom.” Philadelphia Inquirer

By now, we all know the 76ers are in no rush to get Nerlens Noel on the court. But they do have a plan for the rookie center. The franchise decided that it’s important to keep the 19-year-old involved with team activities while he rehabilitates his left knee. “I look forward to him traveling with the team,” Sixers coach Brett Brown said, “and being a part of the team and being in the team meetings and video sessions and seeing a grumpy coach and a sad player and vice versa.” Philadelphia Inquirer

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Villanova assistant Billy Lange has agreed to terms to join the 76ers coaching staff, according to a league source. Lange joins Chad Iske (formerly of the Denver Nuggets), Lloyd Pierce (Memphis Grizzlies), and Greg Foster (University of Texas at El Paso) on new coach Brett Brown's staff. Lange, a Haddon Heights native and Bishop Eustace product, has served as the Wildcats' associate head coach the last two seasons. Before his second assistant-coaching stint at Villanova, the 41-year-old was Navy's head coach for seven seasons. Philadelphia Inquirer

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You remember that Hawks assistants Quin Snyder and Kenny Atkinson were granted permission to interview for the head coach position with the Sixers. The job was filled by Spurs assistant Brett Brown in August. I’m told that Snyder withdrew his name from consideration. Atkinson did interview for the position before Brown was hired. Atlanta Journal-Constitution

September 9, 2013 Updates

You remember that Hawks assistants Quin Snyder and Kenny Atkinson were granted permission to interview for the head coach position with the Sixers. The job was filled by Spurs assistant Brett Brown in August. I’m told that Snyder withdrew his name from consideration. Atkinson did interview for the position before Brown was hired. Atlanta Journal-Constitution

September 3, 2013 Updates

Hinkie believes a byproduct of having a new coach in noted player developer Brett Brown, who succeeds Doug Collins after Collins’ three years in Philadelphia, and a new system is that there are no preconceived notions about what guys can do and who ends up in Brown’s regular rotation. “Everyone starts with a blank slate,” he said. “That’s refreshing in a lot of ways. It’s less what you’ve done and more: what can you do from here? I think all of our players will sense an opportunity to play, show what they can do and expand their game one way or another. It’s important for the future of the Sixers and their own careers.” The Intelligencer

August 30, 2013 Updates

Q: The coaching search lasted longer than many expected, perhaps even you. Was part of the delay due to the fact that there may have been some candidates who weren't willing to oversee a total rehaul? Sam Hinkie: I would say things largely progressed as I would have anticipated. Finding the right guy was always the priority, and when we did in Brett Brown we moved forward. Our first interviews were in Las Vegas in mid-July when I went out there for the summer league, just after the Orlando Summer League. It was a solid week of interviews. Then there were a few more to follow and then some more. I was focused immensely on finding who was the best fit for what we were looking to do. Philadelphia Inquirer

Q: You don't have an assistant GM, and longtime NBA guys like Doug Collins and Rod Thorn and Tony DiLeo are now gone. Before you hired Brett Brown, who are some of the people who were helping with personnel decisions? A: We have a talented staff that's been working real hard, behind the scenes, that people don't see. Courtney Witte is our director of player personnel and we have scouts and we are taking note of things we've done personnel-wise. We will continue to look for organization people and we want ones that make good decisions. Philadelphia Inquirer

August 17, 2013 Updates

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