By Lauren Gudknecht
The Philadelphia 76ers head coach, Brett Brown, was fired after coaching the team for seven seasons. His firing took place the day after the Sixers were swept out of the first round of the NBA playoffs by the Boston Celtics. This ended a disappointing year for the team as they were considered a front-runner at the start of the 2019-2020 NBA season.
“There’s an expiration date on all of us,” Brown said on NBC10 News this past September. He also talked about all of the expectations and pressures that come along with coaching a team with post-season aspirations.
Brown was hired before the 2013-14 season by former general manager Sam Hinkie. In his first three seasons, the team only recorded a total of 47 victories. Subsequent seasons saw the Sixers’ success increase, including back-to-back 50-plus-win campaigns. However, Brown struggled to propel his team once in the playoffs. The team was eliminated in the second round in two consecutive years followed by this year’s first-round exit.
Brett Brown’s coaching style did not complement his star players this past season in the end. The Sixers will be looking for a new voice to step up and take that position in helping to lead Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid and their supporting cast.