The Sixers have hired Spurs assistant coach Bret Brown. Brown had been rumored around the draft as to have been named the SIxers head coach. Today they made it official after conducting two rounds of interviews with coaches.
Brown replaces former Sixers coach Doug Collins. Collins coached the Sixers from 2010 to 2013. He led the Sixers to the playoffs in his first two seasons with the team. He took them as far as the Eastern conference Finals. After an under performing 2012 season the Sixers and Collins thought best if the two parted ways.
With Collins out as head coach the Sixers made other moves that included the hiring of GM Sam Hinkie. Hinkie was the Gm for Houston and is largely attributed with how the Rockets team is shaped today. Hinkie made a splash on draft night for the Sixers when he turned a team stuck in mediocrity into a team that is expected to lose, a lot. He traded All-Star point guard Jrue Holiday to the New Orleans Pelicans for Nerlans Noel and a 2014 top 5 protected first round draft pick.
Bret Brown comes in with an accepted expectation to lose in his first year as Sixers coach. He comes from a grade A organization while learning under one of the best coaches the NBA has ever seen in Greg Popovich. He will try to develop young guys such as new draftees Michale Carter-Williams and Nerlans Noel who are the teams focal point of the future. Next years draft class is stacked with talent form picks 1-through-10. With out admitting it the Sixers will try to land a top three pick in next years draft in hopes of being able to draft one of the elite players projected to enter the draft.
There wont be any pressure to win in his first year and Sixers fans should realize that. There is a greater plan here in Philadelphia and this seasons only role is to lose but develop the young guys.
It remains to be seen what the Sixers will do with former 2nd overall pick Evan Turner and Thaddeus Young, will they be a part of the future here in Philadelphia?