Brett Brown Rumors
On Monday morning, Sixers head coach Brett Brown spoke with Malik Rose and Jared Greenberg of SiriusXM NBA Radio about the talented young big man, among other topics. “To think that in three drafts you got Nerlens [Noel], and Joel [Embiid], and Jah (Jahlil Okafor), it’s quite an amazing accomplishment when you look at the quality of those bigs,” he said. “We always went into [the draft] saying, ‘Whoever the best player is, that’s who you want.’ You really can’t get tricked on trying to draft for position, I feel. And if Nerlens hadn’t gotten injured, they say [he goes] #1, if Joel hadn’t gotten injured, they say #1, and Jahlil, all year, was #1, so the [outlook] of the 2015-16 season is quite positive.”
Some players from the Philadelphia 76ers visited you last summer when you were playing with Croatia at the World Cup in Spain. How did that feel? Dario Saric: That meant so much to me. Three top players came to Spain to support me and support my team. The coach (Brett Brown) came too. It was a big thing for me that people from the team that selected me came to support me, that they had my back like that. It made playing easier for me and didn’t feel any additional pressure.
But once the June 25 draft is completed and free agency begins in July, the Sixers should have a pretty good idea what the 2015-16 roster will look like. At that point, talking to Brown would seem logical if he figures in the organization’s long-term plans and vice versa. Even a one-year extension would make sense. “We haven’t started any of those dialogues, but it’s certainly not out of the question, either,” Harris said on April 15. For his part, Brown said he hopes he “can deliver on the things that I have said.” “I will back myself and I feel that I will be fine.”