After a process that GM Sam Hinkie called "really, really methodical," the 76ers introduced new head coach Brett Brown this afternoon.
Calling the job one that he was "very interested in" and himself "a defensive coach," Brown addressed the media:
On succeeding in Philly:
"Can you imagine if we can get this thing right? Really? With the culture and the history this city ahs and the pride and toughness this city has? I think this is a very high calculated chance. I’m grateful that they have selected me. At this stage, are you kidding me, there are tons of coaches who would want this opportunity. It’s a bit scary, because it is the middle of August, and we gotta get stuff in place… but like I say, I’m just thrilled to be here."
"It’s hard sitting there, going through a normal rebuild process… We aren’t going to skip steps. The simplest way for me to answer that, honestly, is I’m gonna do my job. That’s all I know how to do. That’s all my players will know how to do. And that starts on day one."
“You get excited. You get excited to be a part of the rebuild. It isn’t something that happens quickly. There needs to be a tolerance, there needs to be a patience. It became very clear that if I was going to leave a position like San Antonio… that it better be for the right one. With the homework that I’ve done to be able to come here today and be announced as the head coach is a very proud moment for me. It’s my privilege to be here, I’m good to go, we’ve got a lot of work ahead of us. But I really do appreciate the welcome you’ve given me today.”
“Having spent so much time growing up in New Engalnd and being in Boston, I am acutely aware of the history of this city and the competitiveness of this city, and how the city respects and demands the same types of people that I do as a coach."
On getting fans to watch a defensive team:
"I’m not saying you’re going to sacrifice scoring just because you’re gonna play good defense. It doesn’t mean you’re a low possession eam. We want to get out on the court and we want to run. Forget wins and losses; one of the main things we’re gonna look at is pace. If I’m really gonna stay true to my word, we’re gonna run. You really can’t do that unless you have an extraordinary fitness base. I do see the game through a defensive lens, but it doesn’t influence the other side in that we’re gonna score 76 points."
On players he looks forward to working with:
"I’ve always been a fan of Thaddeus. I see in Evan just that potential, you see the versatility of Spencer… the young guys that Sam is looking at. I think with a healthy fit, what Lavoy can bring to the table. The thing I have always felt when we come to Phildadelphia, they bring an energy, a toughness that almost the city demands."
On the near future:
"I've been a part of five NBA championships, we won four. I've been a part of five game sevens. You appreciate how hard it is playing in May, and how really hard it is playing in June. It's really something I'd say on two levels: First and foremost, everybody's got a right to dream and I'm no dfiferent. Second, it's such a long ways away in my eyes. There is so much work that needs to be done."
On the staff:
We’re trying to do the same thing with the staff, trying to find the right people and trying to put them in the right positions, and just letting the bus drive itself. We know it’s not going to be easy. We want high energy guys. But I would think that by the first of September, we’ll be making grounds on almost filling up the staff.
Follow along for live updates via Twitter as the Sixers introduce Brett Brown as their new head coach during a press conference at 3 p.m. on Wednesday.
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