Josh Harris Rumors
The source expects associate head coach Mike D’Antoni, who was hired by ex-Sixers chairman of basketball operations Jerry Colangelo in December, to succeed Brown. Another NBA source said, “I think the chances are good (Brown is the coach to start next season),” though “if things go really bad, maybe (Bryan Colangelo would) make a change in the middle of the year.” The first source said Jerry Colangelo, who stepped down as chairman the day Bryan was hired and is now a special adviser to managing owner Josh Harris, didn’t like it when he found out Brown’s two-year extension was a done deal upon joining the franchise Dec. 7. The extension was announced at a new conference with former GM Sam Hinkie and Brown four days later.
The following is a statement on behalf of the Philadelphia 76ers and New Jersey Devils from Managing General Partner Josh Harris: “It is with a great deal of sadness that we mourn the loss of one of Philadelphia’s greatest ambassadors and humanitarians, Ed Snider. “Ed continually poured his heart into making a difference in the lives of those around him and he stopped at nothing to make the city of Philadelphia a better place for everyone. He leaves behind a legacy of civic pride, charitable acts and philanthropy that is truly unmatched.
Appearing on the Hot Takedown podcast Monday, NBA commissioner Adam Silver denied reports that he intervened with the scuffling Sixers and suggested managing owner Josh Harris hire Jerry Colangelo (which Harris did on Dec. 7), and that other owners weren’t lobbying for Harris to make the move. “Those reports are not correct,” Silver said. “Josh Harris decided on his own that he needed to change course. He and I had many conversations along the way about the utility of the strategy that he was following. And he came to the conclusion once this season began — and he saw how his team was performing on the floor — that he needed to change his strategy.”
In a recent podcast with FiveThirtyEight, NBA commissioner Adam Silver said the struggling Philadelphia 76ers were under no pressure from him or owners to change their operations strategy, which included hiring Jerry Colangelo as an adviser earlier this month.