Charles Barkley has never been one to hold his tongue, and on a recent radio interview with CBS Philadelphia, Sir Charles continued to criticize his former franchise’s recent moves.
He is already on record saying that the Sixers took entirely too long to hire a head coach, and now the “round mound of rebound” has taken issue with the way the Sixers’ holdover assistant coaches were handled.
“I'm disappointed because I thought they treated those assistant coaches bad. They should have fired them at the beginning of the summer and gave them an opportunity to get another job,” Barkley said on air, referencing the assistants that were released at the dawn of the Brett Brown era.
“I don't understand why you would hold them, let them work the team out all summer, now it's too late for them to get a job,” he continued.
Michael Curry served as the head coach for the Sixers’ summer league team in Orlando, and was a candidate for the head coaching vacancy before Brown was brought in.
“I felt bad for Aaron [McKie] and Michael [Curry] because right now they're stuck nowhere because all the good jobs are gone now.”
While the timing was unfortunate, turnover is part of the business, and Barkley went on to acknowledge that a new head coach likely wouldn’t want someone else’s assistants:
“If I'm the [Brett] Brown guy I wouldn't want somebody else's assistant coaches. He may not even know those guys.”
Brown is faced with the daunting task of returning the Sixers to relevance, and it is completely reasonable that he would want to bring in his own set of guys. While it doesn’t make the situation any easier for the released assistants, a completely fresh start may have been best for the franchise.
Even if Charles doesn’t think so.