The Philadelphia 76ers officially fired Brett Brown as head coach on Monday. The Sixers lost to the Boston Celtics in the first round of the 2020 playoffs in four games, so it was widely expected Brown would get fired on Monday.
As expected, though, Brown released a classy statement following his dismissal.
The classiest of farewells to Philadelphia from Brett Brown: pic.twitter.com/MYDslwivRh
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) August 24, 2020
Brett Brown went 221-344 with the Sixers in the regular season. He led the team to the second round of the playoffs two times.
Philadelphia was close to getting to the Eastern Conference Finals in 2019, but Kawhi Leonard hit one of the greatest shots in NBA history to send the Toronto Raptors to the conference finals and the Sixers home.
The Sixers’ 2019 offseason was rather unproductive after they got bounced by the Raptors. They lost Jimmy Butler to the Miami Heat and J.J. Redick to the New Orleans Pelicans.
While Philadelphia acquired Josh Richardson from the Heat in the Butler sign-and-trade deal, he was pretty inconsistent in 2019-20 and the addition of Al Horford was a disaster. The All-Star’s contract is so bad moving forward that the Sixers should probably trade him before hiring a new coach.
Even though Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid are a questionable fit, the Sixers would be wise to keep both stars and acquire more shooting around them. Philadelphia should also think about finding a way to get off of Tobias Harris’ contract, though that will be difficult since he was exposed during the bubble games and he signed the richest deal in Sixers franchise history last offseason.