Archive: August, 2013
There is hope for high draft picks (a probability after the upcoming season) and there will be plenty of money with which to play after this season (as only Thaddeus Young and Nerlens Noel are, as of now, under contract for 2014-15).
The long search appears to have come to an end for the 76ers. A source close to the situation says the team and Brett Brown, a former San Antonio assistant, have reached a 4-year deal in principle.
Brown, 52, spent the past seven seasons as an assistant to Gregg Popovich with the Spurs and was the head coach for the Australian national team for many years, including at the 2012 London Olympics.
“I think this is a great hire for the Sixers,” said Malik Rose, current analyst of Sixers games on Comcast SportsNet and a member of the Spurs when Brown was there. “During a time when the fans of the team feel alienated, Brett is the kind of guy the fans will love. He shoots from the hip, is a gym rat, energetic and is the type of coach players really respond to. He doesn’t sugarcoat things. He tells players what he wants and how he wants it. He knows how to motivate. He’s a great teacher if the game.”
The Sixers’ job is Brett Brown’s if he wants it.
A source close to the situation told the Daily News today that Brown, a Spurs assistant coach, has been offered the position of head coach by the Sixers. Brown met with general manager Sam Hinkie on Wednesday in New York.
Oddly, when Hinkie was an assistant general manager in Houston 2 years ago, he interviewed Brown for an undisclosed job opening.
The Daily News is looking into a report from Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski that the Sixers have offered their head-coaching job to veteran San Antonio Spurs assistant Brett Brown.
Wojnarowski reported that the Sixers have made the offer and that they and Brown are working on the terms of the contract, including financial compensation and the length of the deal.
The Daily News, so far, has not been able to verify the report.
The two-time defending champion Miami Heat will be the 76ers' first opponent this upcoming season when they visit the Wells Fargo Center on Wednesday, Oct. 30.
The Sixers will play seven of their first nine games at home, and will welcome Chicago, Golden State, Washington, Cleveland, San Antonio and Houston, in addition to the Heat. They will meet up with former Sixer Jrue Holiday on Nov. 16 in New Orleans, before Holiday returns to Philly on Friday, Nov. 29, with him Pelicans teammates.
The high-flying Los Angeles Clippers will make their lone stop to the WFC on Monday, Dec. 9. Later that month, the Sixers will embark on their annual holiday road trip (as the "Disney on Ice" tour takes over the WFC) which will begin in Milwaukee on Dec. 21. The six-game trip will include games at Phoenix, the Lakers, Denver, Sacramento and Portland. After that trip ends on Jan. 4, the team will play nine of the remaining 14 games in January at home. A three-game trip out West in February (Clippers, Golden State, Utah) will take the Sixers to the All-Star break. The All-Star Game will be Feb. 16 in New Orleans.