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Brown won't change approach

CHARLOTTE -- By now, most NBA fans realize the 76ers don’t have a roster capable of competing against the league’s contenders.

Brown won't change approach

Philadelphia 76ers head coach Brett Brown talks with Daniel Orton. (Chuck Burton/AP)
Philadelphia 76ers head coach Brett Brown talks with Daniel Orton. (Chuck Burton/AP)

CHARLOTTE -- By now, most NBA fans realize the 76ers don’t have a roster capable of competing against the league’s contenders.

As a result, their recent lopsided preseason losses to the Brooklyn Nets (127-97 on Monday) and to the Bobcats (110-84 Thursday ) could be a reality.  Unfortunately for the Sixers (2-3), there’s really nothing they can do about it.

Just don’t tell that new coach Brett Brown, a former assistant with the San Antonio Spurs. He’s not about to use their being overmatched as an excuse.

“You coach them like you are coaching the Spurs,” he said.  “You tell them that truth. You didn’t box out. You didn’t get back. That is your rotation. That is your man. What pick-in-roll defense are we in? You coach them. And that’s what we are going to do. That’s all I know how to do.”

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Brown admitted that there will have to be a nurturing process. He’s OK with that.

“But we are going to coach them,” Brown said. “I think by doing that, they will feel that they’ve earned to right to get better. They will feel that they’ve earned the right to steal some wins from time to time.”

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Keith Pompey is in his first season covering the Sixers for The Inquirer after covering the Temple men’s basketball team for the past three years and Temple football the past two seasons.

Marc Narducci has served in a variety of roles with the Inquirer since beginning in 1983. He has covered the 76ers as a backup and a beat writer. In addition, Narducci has covered everything from the Super Bowl to the World Series and a lot in between.

Narducci also has a true passion for South Jersey scholastic sports, which he has covered for many years.

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