The Philadelphia 76ers are absolutely behind head coach Brett Brown and what he is doing for the team. So much so, that Sixers VP of Communications Dave Sholler went out of his way to try and discredit a recent article stating that Brown was “heading for coaching purgatory.”
Writer Chris Sheridan published an article on Tuesday for the New York Daily News providing some juicy insight on why he believes trouble is brewing between Brown and the Sixers. Shortly after, the high-ranking Sixers front office executive blasted the article.
This is one of the most irresponsible hack jobs I’ve ever seen in more than a decade of working in sports. Factual inaccuracies, made-up stories, and references to convos that never happened. This is a steaming pile of trash. Steaming. Pile.
— Dave Sholler (@DaveSholler) April 17, 2019
Kevin Kinkead of Crossing Board has an in-depth analysis of these developments here, and even provides some background on the two personalities involved.
Sholler’s reaction is noteworthy considering how high on the food chain he stands within the organization. One would have expected a similar reaction from a Sixers beat writer or team insider, but coming from a high-ranking executive, it does make it seem that there is more to this than meets the eye. As they say, where there is smoke, there is fire.
The Sixers were in action on Monday, with Brown and company securing a home victory against the Brooklyn Nets to tie the first-round series matchup at one game apiece. The series now shifts to Brooklyn for Game 3, which is scheduled to take place on Thursday.