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Coach Brett Brown said he "personally" would be disappointed if Joel Embiid didn't play summer-league basketball. "Personally, I expect him to play in the summer league," Brown said. "But if I guessed any of this wrong, I want to make sure that the club is on record not being definitive. We are not in the position to say that now." Philadelphia Inquirer

April 9, 2015 Updates

Brown told me that, like every coach, he hates losing. Close losses keep him up at night. The team’s overall record bothers him less. “I knew what I was getting into when I left Disneyland,” he said, referring to his 12-year tenure as an assistant coach with the San Antonio Spurs, the defending champions and perennial winners. “What we’re doing here is we’re looking to become great. We’re trying to figure out how to build this thing, and it’s a process.” New York Times

Writers sometimes ask Brown if he thinks the team will want a different kind of coach when it gets good. This question bothers him, because of its implication that he should worry. “I absolutely love coaching this team,” he said in one of our conversations, “but believe me, I’ll be fine no matter what happens.” He and his wife own a beach house in Australia between Melbourne and Adelaide, not far from his in-laws’ cattle ranch. There’s a pub, a deli and a gym. “We’ll end up there,” he said. “I love to fish. I’ll be very happy.” New York Times

The practice that morning went for more than three hours and was loud and boisterous. Brown had them play a three-on-three tournament — the winners got to watch as the losers went through a short conditioning drill. The losers in a five-on-five scrimmage did push-ups. The players whooped and hollered when their teams made a shot, and argued over foul calls like they were in a playground pickup game. It was a happy gym. If you just listened to the sounds, you would have thought the Sixers were a winning team. And, in a way, they were. New York Times

I spent a good deal of time talking with Hinkie. He is an engaging man with a dry sense of humor who will enthusiastically share the thinking behind his moves — just not on the record. Like an operative in Washington, he wants to be understood but not quoted. New York Times

April 8, 2015 Updates

Coach Brett Brown was not quite on board with the deal that sent away Carter-Williams, and that’s led to rumors of tension between Brown and general manager Sam Hinkie. Sources around the league, though, say such tension has been minimal, and that though Brown would like to start winning sooner rather than later, he understands Hinkie’s focus on the long term. Brown refused to take the job in 2013 without a four-year contract to ensure security as the losses piled up, and it appears he is not going anywhere for now. Sporting News

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Until then, expect the Brett Brown-led Sixers to play hard. It's the only way they know how. "I love the direction that we're heading in," Noel said. "I love what Sam Hinkie is doing with our team: building through the draft, getting young guys and being very particular about the pieces that he brings into this organization. "I think this is going to be a very solid team in the next few years and we're just going to continue to grow together." ESPN.com

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Keith Pompey: #Sixers coach Brett Brown on JaVale McGee aka @JaVale McGee: I think he’s great. He’s kind of maligned in some ways to me where, you know, people view him in a certain way. He’s been a great teammate. It’s not like I’m starting him. It’s not like I’m giving him 25 minutes. I can’t ask for anymore in regards to how he’s fit in, and how he’s just been extremely receptive and coachable. He’s been excellent. I can’t ask any more from him. Twitter @PompeyOnSixers

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