Brett Brown Rumors
The more you hear from 76ers coach Brett Brown, the more you realize that he’s not in denial about where the team is going this season. And you realize he’s the right person to coach the team through this rebuilding process. “When you lose the volume of games we lost over the years . . . holding a locker room together [is key],” Brown said Saturday at the conclusion of training camp at Stockton University. “The pain of losing is real. So you need spirit throughout. It’s my job to keep them together and keep them moving forward.”
So the general manager was asked a second time about extending his coach’s contract. “I think those are conversations for a later date,” he said. “But I’ll say this – he’s done a wonderfully and even in ways that people can’t see and that our fans can’t see.”
Brown admitted that when he took the job more than two years ago, he thought the team would be further along at this point than it is. “That’s not at all delivered as a negative message,” Brown said. “I’m excited. . . . I think things like watching [second-year players] Jerami Grant and JaKarr Sampson speak to [newcomers via the Kings trade] Nik Stauskas or [Carl] Landry and explain to them this is what we do” are positives.
First, the third-year Sixers head coach was disappointed that player Brandon Davies had been traded last December, saying the move made it tough to build a team and culture. Then later, Brown expressed reluctance to coach a team of “gypsies.” “To coach gypsies, to have to coach a revolving door, that’s not what I’m looking for,” Brown said.