After suffering a disappointing sweep versus the Boston Celtics, The 76ers have officially relieved Brett Brown of his Head coaching duties.
Via official team release, Elton Brand said. “I have a tremendous level of respect for Brett both personally and professionally and appreciate all he’s done for the 76ers organization and the City of Philadelphia,” Brand said. “He did many positive things during his time here, developing young talent and helping position our team for three straight postseason appearances. Unfortunately, we fell well short of our goals this year, and I believe it is best to go in a new direction. This will be an important offseason for us as we look to get back on track towards our goal of competing for an NBA championship.”
“I want to thank Brett for not only what he did as our Head Coach, but for the impactful community work he and his family did across the Greater Philadelphia Area over the last seven years,” said Josh Harris, 76ers Managing Partner. “He is a high-character coach and leader, and we’re fortunate to have had him here. This is a difficult decision, but one we believe is necessary. I wish Brett and his family well.”
More Changes Expected
The 76ers will almost certainly restructure the front office under and around Elton Brand. Brand has been GM for just over two years. The holdovers from the Colangelo front office are likely to move on. Marc Eversley took the General Manager’s job in Chicago last spring. Alex Rucker and Ned Cohen remain from Bryan Colangelo’s tenure. Changes to the scouting organization, however, may wait until a new Head Coach is named.
Brand will have a significant challenge reshaping a roster full of talent with questionable chemistry and fit. It will remain to be seen how much influence the next head coach will have over the roster overhaul that appears to loom.
Brett Brown’s Goodbye
Brown had been Head Coach for seven seasons, hired originally by Sam Hinkie in August 2013. In a press release, Brown thanked Hinkie, Harris, Blitzer, and Elton Brand. Notably absent were Jerry and Bryan Colangelo, who remain controversial figures in Sixers’ history. Jerry Colangelo was hired based on league pressure to force the 76ers to deviate from their “process” and turn an eye towards winning. In the past three seasons, Brown won 61% of their games and won two playoff series. Ultimately, the team decided a new voice in the locker room was warranted.