The knives are out for Sixers head coach Brett Brown
The Ben Simmons-less Sixers were only able to extend their stay in the NBA bubble at the Walt Disney World Resort for another week, as the Celtics played no games and took a decisive 4-0 first-round victory.
Rumors of Brown’s poor decision-making throughout his tenure are already cropping up in advance of a likely dismissal. According to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports, Brown’s mistakes are set to come back to bite him this offseason.
The Sixers often questioned Brown’s game plan on specific matchups, a clear lack of trust that extended to the locker room, as Brown was unable to hold players accountable.
Veteran big man Al Horford, a player who often keeps to himself, expressed frustration with his undefined role before the NBA went on hiatus in mid-March.
Those same thoughts were reflected in Josh Richardson’s postgame comments after being eliminated from playoff contention:
“I don’t think there was much accountability this season and that was part of the problem,” said Richardson.
Brown also reportedly had a mind-numbing way of handling rookie Matisse Thybulle’s minutes. The lengthy forward has proven to be an elite-caliber defender already, but his minutes went up and down, which made many wonder if Brown had “an axe to grind” with the rookie.
Brown’s influence also played a part in Jimmy Butler deciding to part ways with the Sixers this past summer. Brown reportedly didn’t appreciate how outspoken Butler was with his coaching tactics, making for an out-of-tune relationship.
It’s tough to fathom Brown staying on the job after things have headed in this direction, especially after this 2019-20 season that brought plenty of disappointments.