Well, over the last week and a half, the Philadelphia 76ers went 4-2 with losses to the San Antonio Spurs and Boston Celtics and wins over the Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks, Toronto Raptors and Utah Jazz. I really don’t want to get into all the irrelevant wins and losses. The real NBA season just started on Christmas Day. I’d rather talk about Brett Brown.
There’s a civil war going on amongst 76ers fans. The Brett Brown apologists vs. the Brett Brown critics. Just spend a few minutes on #SixersTwitter and you’ll see exactly what I’m talking about.
Really nice road win for the Sixers, who improve to 23-0 on the year. Would be nice if Brett Brown (0-13) could get with the program
— Kyle Neubeck (@KyleNeubeck) December 28, 2018
Brett Brown definitely isn’t free from criticism by any means, as are all coaches. But some fans of this team act like he’s completely inept of doing his job. It gets very tiring listening to that crowd.
Here is where I will fault him big time, though. He was the Interim President of Basketball Operations for almost the entire summer and did next to nothing to improve this team’s bench unit. Okay, he didn’t plan on rookie Zhaire Smith and Markelle Fultz not being available almost all season. He didn’t plan on Nemanja Bjelica, who’s having an excellent season, backing out of an agreement only to ultimately sign with the Sacramento Kings for more years. But that’s not a good enough excuse. Go through the Boston and Toronto’s roster. They can go 12 men deep if need be. He couldn’t have found anyone better than Mike Muscala and the inconsistent Furkan Korkmaz?
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It’s not just him, either. The Sixers are still suffering the consequences of the moves made by Bryan Colangelo. He destroyed any value Jahlil Okafor had. He traded away Jerami Grant and Nerlens Noel for a bag of chips. He traded up for a Latvian center who will mostly likely never step foot on an NBA court and passed on Josh Hart, Kyle Kuzma and Jordan Bell. And that’s just to name a few of the bonehead moves he made.
Sixers are three competent role players away from winning a title with Embiid, Simmons and Butler. Everything else is noise.
— Ben Detrick (@bdetrick) December 26, 2018
That thread explains it beautifully. The Sixers aren’t far away. The star power is there. They have around $25 million in cap space this summer. If they trade away Markelle Fultz, that number could jump to $35 million. Elton Brand has done an excellent job thus far and has a perfect opportunity to put an absolute loaded roster around Joel Embiid, Jimmy Butler and Ben Simmons. Get it done.