After Disappointing Playoff Exit, 76ers Fire Head Coach Brett Brown
The Philadelphia 76ers did not take much time to make their decision on head coach Brett Brown following a disappointing sweep at the hands of the Boston Celtics.
On Monday afternoon, the Sixers officially fired the veteran coach.
“In 2013, I was employed to lead one of the most dramatic rebuilds in professional sports history,” said Brown. “In the past seven years, our players and coaches have evolved and grown, and I have deep appreciation for the 102 players I have coached. I am grateful for my coaching staffs and their dedication to our common goal, while also proud to see three of my former assistants now deservedly, NBA Head Coaches and one a major college Head Coach.
“I would also like to thank the ownership group, led by Josh Harris and David Blitzer, former GM Sam Hinkie, the 76ers’ historic alumni, our passionate fans, and finally current GM Elton Brand, who I coached and worked for. He is a high-character talent that the 76ers are fortunate to have. I sincerely wish him, the players, and the next coaching staff my very best in their pursuit of an NBA championship.”
Brown has just completed his seventh season at the helm and has endured the dark early years of the Sixers development process. Prior to getting his head coaching position, he was a long-time assistant under San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich.
“I have a tremendous level of respect for Brett both personally and professionally and appreciate all he’s done for the 76ers organization and the City of Philadelphia,” Elton Brand said. “He did many positive things during his time here, developing young talent and helping position our team for three straight postseason appearances. Unfortunately, we fell well short of our goals this year and I believe it is best to go in a new direction. This will be an important offseason for us as we look to get back on track towards our goal of competing for an NBA championship.”
The Sixers will now look to find the right coach who could crack the Ben Simmons-Joel Embiid code.