The Philadelphia 76ers moving on from head coach Brett Brown has been long overdue.
ESPN reported Monday that Brett Brown was relieved of his duties as head coach of the 76ers.
The Philadelphia 76ers fired coach Brett Brown, sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 24, 2020
Brown held the head coaching position for the 76ers for seven seasons. After four straight losing seasons, Philadelphia went 146-91 the last three seasons with all being playoff appearances. They made the Eastern Conference semifinals the last two seasons but was swept by the Boston Celtics in the first round of the playoffs this season.
Brown was brought in as one of the original pieces to the “Trust the Process” team that was started by former general manager Sam Hinkie. During that time, the team was able to draft Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons as cornerstones to the franchise. They also brought in Jimmy Butler, Tobias Harris, and Al Horford to help support them.
Brett Brown’s Legacy With 76ers
There’s no secret that the first four seasons did not go well for Brown, but kept showing progress. Michael Carter-Williams was rookie of the year in the NBA and credited Brown for developing him. Embiid and Simmons struggled to stay on the court as both had injuries their first year in the league.
The 2017-2018 season changed the tides for the 76ers as they made the playoffs for the first time since the 2011-2012 season. It was also their first 50 win season since they made the NBA Finals in 2001. The team was able to win playoff games in 2018 and 2019 but failed to win one game in the playoffs this season.
Brown helped develop a winning team and a winning culture. There will always be concerns about how he handled the Jimmy Butler situation last season that didn’t work out. He will be questioned for not being able to win a title under a young, talented team in Philadelphia. While the foundation was there for him, he simply was not the right man to finish the job.
What’s Next For Philadelphia
The search for the next 76ers head coach to replace Brown will be a long process. Philadelphia will take their time to find the right person for the job. They will most likely be looking for a proven winner that has had success in the NBA in the past. There have already been a number of names mentioned to be the next head coach.
Tyronn Lue appears to be one of the top candidates for the job. He won an NBA title with the Cleveland Cavaliers back in 2016. Not only that, but he has ties to the 76ers playing with Allen Iverson during their NBA Finals run in 2001. Lue knows what a winning culture is and knows how to handle multiple superstars on a team.
The other big name on the list is Villanova men’s basketball head coach Jay Wright has won two national titles and is beloved in Philadelphia. Wright has built a winning team in Philadelphia that is always contenders during March Madness. He has thought about the NBA in the past, but to make the leap would be tough. Hiring Wright would bring a ton of buzz to the city next season.