Philadelphia 76ers guard TJ McConnell has defended head coach Brett Brown, tagging the criticism hurled at him as ‘totally unfair.’

After the 76ers succumbed to the Toronto Raptors in the Eastern Conference semifinals, more criticisms were thrown at Brett Brown. Some pointed out that 76ers’ lack of execution in the fourth quarter of Game 7 — which was pinned on Brown — was the sole reason why they lost.

Rumors even revealed that the 58-year-old’s head coaching days are soon to be over. But for TJ McConnell, Brown is doing an excellent job as head coach. McConnell — an undrafted prospect — even pointed out that Brett Brown took a chance on him:

“Criticism in my opinion is totally unfair. The way he’s able to manage this team, there aren’t many people who can do it… he’s the main guy who took a chance on me and stuck with me through everything. I love the guy to death,” McConnell said, per Kyle Neubeck of Philly Voice.

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Other players including Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid, JJ Redick, and Jimmy Butler have stepped up to defend Brown. For them, Brett Brown is not only a hard-working guy, but someone who also understood them at a personal level.

It’s still a matter of wait-and-see if the 76ers’ front office heeds the players’ remarks on Brown, whether it is TJ McConnell or anyone else. While there are lots of things to be ironed out, one thing is for sure: The 76ers’ players would love to have Brown as their coach. That fact alone already speaks volumes.