The Sixers made a move that everyone saw coming and fired head coach Brett Brown after the team was swept in the first round of the playoffs by the Boston Celtics. One of the last remaining members of The Process, Brown compiled a record of 221 wins and 344 losses as head coach of the Sixers starting in 2013.
The writing was on the wall for Brown as the team had underwhelmed all season but there is much more than just play on the court that led to this decision. The Sixers front office has come under fire in the last few seasons because of continuous mistakes made that end up hurting the team. Even with all of the mistakes made the feeling is still that there won’t be the necessary changes made to the front office that will fix the root problems of the organization.
The franchise's plan is that Brand will continue to oversee basketball operations, sources said, but the personnel and structure in the front office is undergoing significant evaluation and change is looming.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 24, 2020
Adrian Wojnarowski, who broke the news of Brown’s firing also broke the news that there will be some sort of change made to the front office. Whether that is just a cosmetic change or not is to be seen.
Brett Brown has issued a statement: pic.twitter.com/Q9ZuvBJNjl— adam aaronson #BLM (@SixersAdam) August 24, 2020
Brett Brown has since issued a statement on his firing thanking the players, front office and fans. Even in the face of attacks from his own front office right before his firing Brown still treated the entire situation like he had his entire Sixers career, with class and professionalism.
The Sixers have been linked with Los Angeles Clippers assistant coach Tyronn Lue as a potential hire as the next head coach, but one thing that most people can agree with is that no matter who the team hires as the head coach real progression won’t be made until real honest changes are made to the front office.
Even though he wasn’t able to lead the Sixers to a championship Brett Brown was able to usher in a new, competitive era of basketball in Philadelphia and for that he deserves a thank you.