Brett Brown reacts to Joel Embiid shushing Sixers’ home crowd vs. Bulls
During the Philadelphia 76ers’ lackluster win over the Chicago Bulls on Sunday night, Joel Embiid shushed what had been a booing home crowd at Wells Fargo Center after hitting a three-pointer in the fourth quarter.
On Monday, 76ers head coach Brett Brown addressed the situation:
“I actually just learned about it,” Brown said at shootaround on Monday, via Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer. “I’ll speak with Joel to learn exactly what happened. … This city is a uniquely—and we love it—aggressive city. Look at how they handle their stars, from Carson Wentz to (Bryce) Harper to Joel Embiid. … It’s the uniqueness of the city that makes it a competitively exciting job we have, and a pretty cool city.”
Rumors have swirled about Brown’s deteriorating relationship with his players, as some have speculated that Embiid, Ben Simmons and the rest of Philadelphia’s roster have lost respect for Brown.
The Sixers have won a couple of games in a row following a four-game losing streak. They defeated the Memphis Grizzlies and then the Bulls, but they did not look particularly impressive in the win over Chicago.
Considered by many to be one of the top contenders in the NBA heading into this season, the 76ers have certainly not played the part. They are currently 32-21 and sit in fifth place in the Eastern Conference. Philly has also gone just 9-19 on the road, almost canceling out their incredible home record.
Things won’t get any easier for Philadelphia on Tuesday night, as they will host the Los Angeles Clippers, who have the second-best record in the Western Conference.
There is still plenty of time for the Sixers to turn things around, but there is no question that there have been some rather ominous signs in the City of Brotherly Love all season long.