Through all the ugly losing the past two-plus seasons in Philadelphia, you could say this about the Sixers: They played hard for Brett Brown. For stretches they played good defense under his tutelage. You can’t lay the Sixers’ record at his feet.
New decision maker Jerry Colangelo sees that and Brown isn’t going anywhere. Reports surfaced earlier in the day that the Sixers and Brown were talking contract extension, and Brown confirmed that speaking to reporters before his team went out Monday night and got rolled by the Spurs (San Antonio won by 51), as reported by John Finger at CSNPhilly.com.
“We are in deep discussions on my contract and I have had amazing conversations with Josh Harris and David Blitzer and Sam Hinkie about my future,” Brown said. “This is where I want to be. To go through what we have all gone through over the past two years and the first third of this year and still be passionate about seeing this through, I dream like everyone else.”
Brown has one season after this on his contract.
He’s going to get the chance to stick around longer — and coach better players. That said, like everything around the Sixers, the dynamic changed today. Just getting the guys to play hard is not going to be enough soon in Philly, but Brown is the guy who deserves the chance he can get them to do a lot more (and he likely can).