Why the Sixers Decided to Keep Brett Brown

May 14, 2019 - 11:41 am

(94WIP) Despite some recent speculation that he might be fired, Philadelphia 76ers head coach Brett Brown will be back for another season, ESPN reported Monday night.

Brown and the Sixers were eliminated from the NBA playoffs Sunday on a last-second shot by the Toronto Raptors' Kawhi Leonard.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Brown was informed he would be back in a recent meeting with ownership:

There had been some uncertainty about Brown returning for his seventh season, but (owner Josh) Harris eliminated that doubt in a lengthy meeting with Brown and general manager Elton Brand on Monday that mostly centered on discussions about the franchise's plans for the offseason. Brown has largely remained a popular figure in the Philadelphia sporting landscape and within the Sixers organization.

Brown is currently under contract through the 2020-2021 season after signing an extension last offseason.

Brown was hired by the Sixers prior to the 2013 season. Although he holds a 178-314 record in six seasons as head coach, a large portion of those losses came during the "Process" era, when Brown's job was to develop talent, not to win games. Over the last two seasons, the Sixers are 103-61, advancing to the second round of the playoffs both seasons.

During end-of-season interviews Monday, each of the Sixers starters praised Brown as a coach when given the opportunity.

With it now decided that Brown will be back, the Sixers can focus on their many offseason questions, including what to do with key free agents such as Jimmy Butler, Tobias Harris and J.J. Redick.

By Eliot Shorr-Parks