It’s a homecoming for 76ers coach Brett Brown and point guard Michael Carter-Williams tonight when the Sixers face the Boston Celtics. Brown grew up just a couple of hours up the road in South Portland, Maine; Carter-Williams in Boston. Brown also played his college basketball for Rick Pitino at Boston University and both he and his prized point guard were Celtics fans growing up.
“You grow up down 95, I’ve come to see the Celtics for so many years and spent my (college) years at Boston University and just have fantastic memories from a long time ago about this city and to come back now as a coach in the NBA is a true privilege and honor,” said Brown. “To come back and have the memories of Havlicek and Cowens and then you had it really going with the 76ers with Doc and Bird and Toney and that whole era. Those were fantastic memories growing up as a kid.”
Now he wants his team to come in and put a good showing on the floor as many of his family and friends will be in the stands. He is also hoping that MCW will be able to show his NBA game to the throng that will be in TD Garden to watch him.
“I want him to come in here and enjoy this and be proud,” said Brown of Carter-Williams. “He’s an NBA point guard and he’s from this area. I really hope he has a great game. The ball’s going to be in his hands and I want him being aggressive. I don’t want him to be too conservative. I’ll live with him making some mistakes. I think the emotion is something that you can talk about, but it’s him figuring it out. Normally when you come into these environments players play too fast.”
The Celtics will probably be without guard Rajon Rondo. Recently back from a knee injury, Rondo played 27 minutes last night in a loss to the New York Knicks. After the game coach Brad Stevens said he doubted Rondo would be a go tonight. Brown said the team is preparing as if Rondo will play. If he doesn’t adjustments will be made accordingly.