On Tuesday morning, Josh Harris and Elton Brand held an end-of-season press conference addressing questions from the media covering everything from the playoffs to the luxury tax to the upcoming off-season. To the surprise of no one at all, Harris also fielded questions about Brett Brown, who had been rumored to be on the hot seat throughout the team’s playoff run.
Harris took the Brett situation head on, pointedly stating that Brown’s job was “never in jeopardy”:
“Brett’s job was never in jeopardy,” Joshua Harris says — @KyleNeubeck
Now, we already knew Brown wasn’t losing his position with Philly, as Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported as much late Monday evening. But was his job really NEVER in jeopardy (whether such a situation was warranted or not)? If indeed the ownership group of the Sixers never had engaged the idea of moving on from Brown (uhhhhh, not buying it!), then they are still somewhat to blame for the rampant speculation about the coach’s future. Josh Harris’ comments leading up to the playoffs left much in doubt (remember that odd presser just before the playoffs began?). Harris/the organization had multiple opportunities to squash the rumors, but they didn’t — which would lead some to believe they truly did consider moving on at one point or another.
In any event, Brown is here to stay — at least to begin next season. Whether or not you believe Harris when he says Brown’s job was never in jeopardy, I suppose it ultimately doesn’t matter. The ownership group and the front office made the decision to retain Brett. (I believe it’s the right call.)