Brett Brown Rumors
Ronald AngSiy, a 25-year-old MBA student at the Wharton School at UPenn, has been a Sixers season-ticket holder since 2012. When the latest wave of gallows humor washed over a few NBA subreddits earlier this month, AngSiy decided to take action. “Everyone talks about how Brown gets the crappy side of The Process,” AngSiy told ESPN. “So we decided to send him some gifts to cheer him up.”
Through crowd-funding, AngSiy said he’s received more than $400 dedicated to giving Brown a relaxation package, which he will personally deliver later to the team later this season. “As of right now,” AngSiy said, “we have a fruit basket with herbs and tea; we have a box of truffle chocolates; we’re getting a very expensive case of Jack Daniels; a spa treatment and massage. … It grows by $50 increments every day. Maybe I’ll buy him a puppy or something.”
So how do the Sixers make up for the lack of veteran presence? How do they learn how to have long-lasting careers in the NBA and take care of their bodies? “It’s on me,” said Sixers coach Brett Brown, a former longtime assistant with the San Antonio Spurs. “I’m privileged to have seen five NBA [Finals] and won four of them. . . . I like sharing stories like that with my players.”
The Sixers had veteran leadership last season in Jason Richardson and Luc Mbah a Moute. Their work ethic provided an education for the Sixers. “Most nights I enjoy the responsibility,” Brown said. “At other nights, you wished you had a veteran voice behind me in that locker room.”
A year ago, during the 0-17 start, Brown, according to a source, wondered if he was in trouble. Being in San Antonio all those years, he knew that the Thunder had fired P.J. Carlesimo (who became a Spurs assistant) 13 games into the 2008-09 season, when OKC was 1-12. It would have been understandable if Philly had had enough. Hinkie told Brown that he was safe, that the Sixers were committed to the process, that he was a big part of that. We’re trying to do something right here, Hinkie told his coach, and make the good days stack up. The path is hard. It doesn’t mean it’s any less right.