“I was very clear with Brett before the season about what I expected from the team this year,” said general manager Sam Hinkie today while announcing the firing. “And then to see us go out in the first game and win — against the best team in the league, no less — well, it simply wasn’t acceptable.”
Hinkie said he felt it was important to get rid of Brown now before the winning got out of hand.
“It’s easy to say that one win is just one win,” said the GM. “But we’re trying for the worst record in the league and we’re going to have a lot of competition. That one win may have already screwed us. And if we can beat the Heat, who’s to say we can’t win 30 or 40 games with Brett at the helm? I wanted 10 wins max. I made that very clear to him.”
Brown met with Hinkie first thing this morning and begged to keep his job, but it wasn’t enough.
“I’m still learning. This is, well … was, my first head coach job,” said Brown. “I thought we were so bad and lacking in talent that even if we played hard, we’d still get killed. Obviously, that isn’t the case and I needed to coach them down each day in practice, and make sure they were getting worse. I understand that now, but Sam wanted me out.”
In place of Brown, the Sixers are looking to hire a coach that will definitely put an inferior product on the court each night. Hinkie says the current finalists are a goldfish and Vinny Del Negro.
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