Sixers’ Head Coach Brett Brown has been officially relieved of his duties as of Monday morning. The news was first reported by Woj:
The news is not shocking, it has long been speculated that the Sixers’ would, or at least should, move on from Brett Brown. The straw that broke Josh Harris’ back though was the team’s dreadful performance in the 2020 Playoffs.
The change was necessary. The Sixers, coming off being swept in the first round of the NBA playoffs by the Boston Celtics, were left with little choice.
The organization made the right move for both the franchise and Brett Brown by deciding to part ways. While it’s tough to view Brown’s tenure in Philadelphia as a “success”, he should be remembered as an important piece of Sixers’ history.
Brett Brown had been the Sixers’ Head Coach for seven seasons and led them through “the Process”. In that time Brown showed a great ability for developing NBA talent. Players like Robert Covington, TJ McConnell, Jerami Grant, and more, are now legitimate NBA role players thanks in part to Brett Brown.
Brown suffered through some of the toughest years for the Sixers organization and should be remembered fondly for that. While it was certainly time to part ways, Brett Brown did a lot for this organization and fan base during his time in Philadelphia.
The disciple of legendary Head Coach Greg Popovich should have plenty of future opportunities. Either as a Head Coach or in a front-office role, there will be interest in Brett Brown. He would likely seek a season of rest though before returning to coaching.
More Change to Come for Sixers
The Sixers have now checked off one box of many. They have a laundry list of issues that they may consider difficult but are really quite clear.
The answer is to revamp the entire front office.
Doris Burke put it best when discussing the Sixers’ organization.
This domino should be one of many but for now, the Brett Brown era has come to an end. While it did not end beautifully, it should be remembered well.
It is now time to find his replacement.
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