Brett Brown to return as 76ers head coach – Harris
- The news puts to rest a report over the weekend that Brown might be let go if the 76ers didn't advance to the Eastern Conference finals.
Brett Brown will return as head coach of the Philadelphia 76ers next NBA season, according to managing partner Josh Harris.
Brown's future was reportedly in doubt following the 76ers' heartbreaking Eastern Conference semi-final loss to the Toronto Raptors, who won Game 7 thanks to Kawhi Leonard's buzzer-beater on Sunday.
However, Harris told ESPN on Monday that Brown will be coaching the 76ers in 2019-20 following a meeting, which included general manager Elton Brand.
Brown's return is good news for, among others, 76ers All-Star Joel Embiid – who was furious about the rumours surrounding his coach.
“[Coach Brown] has a huge heart… he’s always thinking of how he can make everybody great.” pic.twitter.com/YbjPjFofFA— Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) May 13, 2019
"I heard about all these rumours and stuff and I just thought it was bull****," Embiid said during exit interviews on Monday. "He's done a fantastic job. He's been there through everything and this year I think he grew even more as a coach. He learned, we all learned."
"At the end of the day, it comes down to the players. I don't think he should have anything to worry about," Embiid continued. "He's an amazing coach, a better person, and obviously, I've got a lot of love for him. If there was someone to blame, put it all on me."
Brown assumed the 76ers top post in 2013, and after several lean years with an undermanned squad that gave rise to the phrase, "Trust the process," Brown led the 76ers to 52 wins in 2017-18 and 51 this season.
The 58-year-old also oversaw an Eastern Conference semi-final defeat against rivals the Boston Celtics last season.