The Philadelphia 76ers have fired head coach Brett Brown after being swept by their rival Boston Celtics in of the first round of the 2020 NBA Playoffs.
NEWS- Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) August 24, 2020
Brett Brown has been relieved of his head coaching duties.
Brown took over as the team's head coach in August 2013, the start of what many deemed "The Process". Through seven years at the helm in Philadelphia, Brown has compiled a regular season record of 221-344 (.391). While those numbers are significantly diluted due to beginning his head coaching career with four consecutive losing seasons as "The Process" worked itself out, Brown struggled to get this team to the next level in its last three postseason appearances.
The 76ers went 12-14 (.462) in the playoffs under Brown and failed to advance past the Eastern Conference Semifinals. In 2018, they were defeated by the Celtics in five games in the Conference Semifinals back and last season were eliminated by the Toronto Raptors - on the back of Kawhi Leonard's historic Game 7 game-winner - last season.
The straw that broke the camel's back appears to be suffering the first playoff series-sweep in the long history between Boston and Philly, coming up short in a season that many considered the Sixers to be title contenders.
Brown departed Philadelphia with nothing but class, issuing this heartfelt statement:
The classiest of farewells to Philadelphia from Brett Brown: pic.twitter.com/MYDslwivRh- Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) August 24, 2020
The Athletic's Shams Charania has reported that the possible head coaching replacements for the 76ers include current assistant coach Ime Udoka, LA Clippers assistant Ty Lue, former Sacramento Kings head coach Dave Joerger and even Villanova head coach Jay Wright.
The 76ers the finished 2019-20 season with a record of 43-30, the sixth-best in the Eastern Conference.
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