Sixers retain Brown for 2019-20 season

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Philadelphia 76ers are keeping head coach Brett Brown for the 2019-20 season. This will be Brown’s seventh season with the team.

There were some speculation that the Sixers may make a chance after their Game 7 loss to the Toronto Raptors in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. One day later, after having a meeting between executives, the team announced that Brown would be back.

Philadelphia 76ers head coach Brett Brown speaks to Tobias Harris and Ben Simmons against the Brooklyn Nets
Brett Brown speaks to Tobias Harris and Ben Simmons against the Brooklyn Nets (Getty Images)

Before this annoncement, there was some speculation that the 76ers would move on without him if he did not reach the Finals. Philadelphia has not reached the NBA Finals since 2001.

New York Times’ Marc Stein said there was a “little chance” he would survive a second-round exit.

Brown has had back-to-back 50-plus win seasons during the regular season. The team had 52 wins during the 2017-18 season.

This season, Brown guided the team to a 51-31 record. Both seasons, though, the Sixers were eliminated in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

The Sixers thought this season with their moves — first in November to acquire Jimmy Butler in a blockbuster deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves and later Tobias Harris in February in a trade with the Los Angeles Clippers — they could contend for the Eastern Conference Finals. However, that was not reached as the Toronto Raptors eliminated them from their goal on Sunday night with a game-winning basket by Kawhi Leonard.

The team will group as they attempt to reach their first Eastern Conference Finals since Allen Iverson in 2001. As they have had in the past two seasons, they will face challenges to reach that goal, as the Milwaukee Bucks, Boston Celtics, and Raptors could potentially be ahead of the Sixers once again next season.

This will be an interesting off-season leading into next season.

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