Philadelphia is loving Brett Brown’s approach as he tries to lead the proud organization through a tank job for the ages.
Brown wasn’t deceived when he accepted the job. The 76ers are in rebuild mode, and the names on the roster tell you that much.
Brown is a realist, and after the teams 104-93 loss to Cleveland in Columbus, Ohio, the rookie head coach told the media that he “6 NBA caliber players on his roster.”
The first thing is that Michael Carter-Williams, James Anderson, Evan Turner, Thaddeus Young, and Spencer Hawes are the clear starters. The second thing is that power forward/center Lavoy Allen is an experienced NBA player who is finding his way back into shape.
“And after that, who knows?” Sixers coach Brett Brown said before Monday’s 104-93 setback to Cleveland in Columbus, Ohio. “You have six NBA players and then you have a bunch of guys who are fighting for spots and want to be seen and need opportunity.”
The former San Antonio Spurs assistant is not including injured players – rookie Nerlens Noel (torn anterior cruciate ligament) and veterans Jason Richardson (knee), Kwame Brown (hamstring), and Arnett Moultrie (ankle). All have guaranteed contracts and are expected make the 15-man roster.
I applaud Brown for knowing what he got himself into, but it’s going to be a long, long season in Philadelphia.