76ers fire head coach Brett Brown after seven seasons

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Philadelphia 76ers have fired head coach Brett Brown. He had been the leader of the team’s bench for the past seven seasons.

The 76ers were in a tough position with Brown following their first-round exit in the playoffs against the Boston Celtics. In fact, the 76ers were swept by the Celtics — which was their first playoff sweep in 21 years.

Former Philadelphia 76ers head coach Brett Brown talks to Tobias Harris and Ben Simmons during a game against the Brooklyn Nets during the First Round of the 2019 NBA Playoffs
Brett Brown talks to Tobias Harris and Ben Simmons during a game against the Brooklyn Nets during the First Round of the 2019 NBA Playoffs (Getty Images)

Brown did not guided the 76ers past the second round in the postseason. In fact, both during the 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons, the teams made it to the Conference Semifinals, before being eliminated.

“I have a tremendous level of respect for Brett both personally and professionally and appreciate all he’s done for the 76ers organization and the City of Philadelphia,” 76ers General Manager Elton Brand said. “He did many positive things during his time here, developing young talent and helping position our team for three straight postseason appearances. Unfortunately, we fell well short of our goals this year and I believe it is best to go in a new direction. This will be an important off-season for us as we look to get back on track towards our goal of competing for an NBA championship.” 

While there will be changes, Brand is expected to remain in place, as the team looks for a new head coach. Those under consideration are the following:

  • Villanova Wildcats head coach Jay Wright
  • Los Angeles Clippers Associate Head Coach Tyronn Lue
  • Former Memphis Grizzlies, Sacramento Kings Head Coach Dave Joerger
  • Philadelphia 76ers Assistant Coach Ime Udoka

As the 76ers head coach, Brown worked through “The Process” with Sam Hinkie’s vision to tank for several seasons to get high draft picks. He did not have a winning record in his first four seasons with the team, including a 10-72 season during the 2015-16 season.

However, the last three seasons, the franchise has had three straight winning seasons. The team won 52 games during the 2017-18 season when the team went 52-30.

As the team’s head coach, he went 221-344 for a .391 win percentage. He also was 12-14 in the playoffs for a .462 win percentage.

“I want to thank Brett for not only what he did as our Head Coach, but for the impactful community work he and his family did across the Greater Philadelphia Area over the last seven years,” 76ers Managing Partner Josh Harris said. “He is a high-character coach and leader and we’re fortunate to have had him here. This is a difficult decision, but one we believe is necessary. I wish Brett and his family well.”   

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