Sixers coach Brett Brown has JJ Redick’s full support
It had been rumored that head coach Brett Brown would be fired if the Philadelphia 76ers did not win Game 7 of their second-round Eastern Conference playoff series against the Toronto Raptors on Sunday night.
Well, the 76ers lost, and Brown may be on the hot seat as a result.
That does not mean the players want him gone, however.
Philadelphia guard JJ Redick voiced his support for Brown after the defeat, saying he wants to play for him moving forward:
“Seems like it’s pretty obvious I would say that I love Brett, I love playing for him, and he has my full support, and what he has done for this organization is remarkable,” said Redick, according to Kyle Neubeck of The Philly Voice.
Redick went on to say that it’s not so simple as just firing a coach, as you also need to consider the available replacements, per Rich Hoffman of The Athletic.
Brown took over as the Sixers’ coach back in 2013 and has gone 178-314 over the course of six seasons. Of course, that record is a bit misleading, as the Sixers were openly tanking over his first few years at the helm, failing to win 20 games in any of his first three years.
The last two seasons, Brown has led Philadelphia to 52 and 51 wins, respectively, and a pair of second-round playoff exits.
It’s hard to pin the blame on Brown, as a lack of perimeter shooting and depth were the main reasons for the Sixers’ demise this year. But sometimes, the NBA isn’t fair.