Popovich lauds Sixers re-signing Brown

SAN ANTONIO — Four nights after his team handed the 76ers a 51-point beating in Philadelphia, Spurs boss Gregg Popovich was tossing bouquets at the Philadelphia organization for signing Brett Brown to a two-year extension as head coach.

“It’s thrilling to see an ownership make a decision like that because they know the qualities of the individual and don’t just look at the record,” Popovich said Friday before the Lakers played the Spurs at the AT&T Center. “They know what he’s about. They know what he’s worth. They know what he’s made up of and what he’s done and contributed already.”

The 54-year-old Brown was an assistant on Popovich’s staff for six seasons before taking over as head coach of the Sixers in 2013 as part of one of the most audacious rebuilding projects in NBA history. While stripping down the roster and accumulating young players and draft choice assets, the Sixers have compiled a 38-149 record under Brown, including a pair of losing streaks of at least 26 games. Philadelphia took a 1-22 record into Friday’s game against the Pistons.

Popovich nodded his head and even cracked the trace of a smile at word of the commitment made by the Sixers’ front office to Brown.

“That doesn’t happen very often,” Popovich said. “It’s very, very rare. So they deserve a lot of credit for seeing that and acting on it. It’s pretty spectacular.”

5 Comments

  1. bullsfandan says:

    Now its 38-152!!!!

  2. Rob says:

    It’s amazing that Brett Brown has done as much as he has while having so little talent on the roster. Best head coach in Philadelphia pro sports right now. Go Sixers!

  3. patrick says:

    Popovich is wrong in my opinion

  4. Raptor4Life says:

    By the end of this regular season, Brown’s record will be closer to 45 – 200 or so.
    Possibly a little better *IF* they can pull off a blockbuster trade by the deadline…. they currently are sitting on a pile of money (they are actually well UNDER the 70million$ cap).

    Credit the franchise with accepting that the responsibility of this abysmal record lies with (miss)management and the front office, not the coach.
    Too often, a good (or at least decent) coach gets scapegoated for the failings of his superiors – Cleveland after LeBron
    decided to “take his talents to Miami” is a prime example of this.
    Hard for a jockey to win a horse race without a horse….

  5. DrPhill says:

    Oh God, didnt realise they have been that awful!!! 38-149 WTF