A month and a half ago, Brett Brown was said to be the new Sixers coach. Then all of a sudden it was reported that he had not accepted the job and that they were interviewing other candidates still. So the team interviewed a bunch of assistants from around the league, only to announce that the finalists for the job were Brown and Sixers assistant Michael Curry. Then the team said they were still in the interviewing process, and they went out and interviewed even more candidates, some of them a second time. Finally, after a very strange and long process, the Sixers announced that Brown as accepted the job, even after allegedly being told to not take the job. Either way, he’s now the head coach of the Philadelphia 76ers.
This is a guy that helped take the San Antonio Spurs to the NBA Finals this past season, so he clearly knows what he’s doing. He has been part of a franchise that has been winning season after season, and he will hopefully bring that attitude to the Sixers next year. Despite this, the Sixers are going to have a terrible season next year. They didn’t bring him in to start winning immediately…that would be stupid. They are going into rebuilding mode for a reason- to get a top pick in next year’s draft and rebuild their team around him and the young talent they already have such as Michael Carter-Williams and Nerlens Noel. I have faith that Brown will be able to do this though because he’ll also have Curry as the assistant, who already knows many of the players and can provide that veteran coaching experience.
I wouldn’t say that I’m excited for next season because I already know they’re going to be one of the worst teams in the league, but it’ll be interesting to see who Brown chooses as his top guys and who he’ll try to bring in along with GM Sam Hinkie. They need to start signing free agents soon though because their currently under the salary cap floor. Maybe they can find a gem or two in the guys left.