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Philadelphia 76ers coach Brett Brown willing to accept ‘blemish’ of terrible record on his résumé

Mar 7, 2014, 12:46 PM EDT

No matter how his NBA head-coaching career unfolds, Brett Brown will always have a first-season losing record on his résumé. His 76ers will finish somewhere between 15-67 and 36-46 – likely much closer to the former.

The 76ers struggling was no surprise. In fact, they’ve probably exceeded expectations.

So why did Brown put himself in this position?

“I just felt like I was at a stage where I wanted the challenge,” Brown said in an interview with Dan Patrick of NBC Sports. “And it would be a blemish on a coaching record, but I feel like, at this stage for me, that’s not my motivation. I hope to be a part of something special and build something special here.”

It didn’t hurt that he secured a four-year guaranteed contract, providing the one- or two-year buffer most first-time coaches don’t get. The 76ers complied, because everyone is one the same page about what they’re doing.

“You try to buy into the overall philosophy that the owners of the Philadelphia 76ers mapped out,” Brown told Patrick. And theirs was, ‘We want to try to do something better than the 38 to 40-something wins that we’ve experienced in the last 11 years.’ And to do that, we need to rebuild the program.

“At times, it is difficult, I admit. But it is part of the plan.”

Some other highlights from the interesting interview:

  1. brookwell2013 - Mar 7, 2014 at 1:27 PM

    This guy Brown is a real stand up dude. Pop’s chief assistant for 6 years brought in by Spurs GM Buford. I really believe they have a plan in Philly and that, if they stick to it, they’re going to be competitive sooner than later. Just damn refreshing to hear a guy in his position speak the truth with no BS.

  2. reesesteel23 - Mar 7, 2014 at 1:35 PM

    I don’t think he has a choice..

    • sportsfan18 - Mar 7, 2014 at 6:11 PM

      What? This is America. He was an assistant for Pop in San Antonio.

      They did NOT put a gun to his head and MAKE him coach the Sixers.

      So, yes, he DID have a choice.

      He knew what he was getting into ahead of time and decided it was worth it.

  3. birdzflyinhigh - Mar 7, 2014 at 2:28 PM

    The awful losses are tough, but he knows what he signed up for and will reap the benefits later. On top of that, he has the full support of ownership/management. The Sixers struck gold with MCW and Noel’s potential goes without saying. With the upcoming draft and the money they will have to spend on a supposedly unbelievable 2015 FA class, the Sixers could be legit contenders in less than two years.

  4. tfoz5150 - Mar 7, 2014 at 2:31 PM

    The Bynum experiment blew up. Time to start over. I think he’s the right man for the job. Look out for this team in a couple of years! MCW, Noel, #2 pick this year, #11 pick this year, tons of cap space. It’s good to be a Sixers fan again.

    • sumkat - Mar 7, 2014 at 3:10 PM

      Exactly. The Bynum trade had 2 possible outcomes. He became “the man” and was then motivated, or he didn’t and the trade blew up, followed by a rebuild

      In all honesty, IF (and there is a reason I did that word in caps) they get and make the right picks this year, the rebuild will be a much at a much faster pace than I would of thought. We’ve only seen one of the 4 picks that are going to make or break this franchise (a possible 5th next year), and that is MCW. Who has been an absolute gem for where they got him. If Noel is healthy after sitting out the year, and they make 2 good picks in this draft, they could be in good shape

  5. spursareold - Mar 7, 2014 at 4:34 PM

    Gregg Popovich’s record in year one: 17-47

    • sumkat - Mar 7, 2014 at 5:03 PM

      Yep…Don’t know how this idea of “good coaches can’t have bad records” came along. Probably since Phil Jackson only coached Hall of Famers. A truly “great” coach (and not saying Brown is or isn’t one) is able to build a team from scratch, get overmatched players to give everything they have even when they are outmatched and actually teach player in the parts of their game that is lacking

      To me, you can be very good, but not great, if all you did was take clearly the most talented team, and got them to not get in their own way. Getting personalities to mesh is an important part of coaching, but is just one part.

      If anything, I expect a first time coach to have a losing record. It’s not like there are a line of contenders looking to sign up a head coach with no NBA head coaching experience

  6. mungman69 - Mar 7, 2014 at 5:01 PM

    It’s gonna take way more than one year for this Sixers’ team to rebound. Shoot, they may pass on next season too.

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