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.”
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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