After their heart-breaking Game 7 loss to the Toronto Raptors to an unbelievable buzzer-beating shot by Kawhi Leonard, it seems there is a lot of questions being raised around the Sixers organization on where to go from here.
Before the playoffs started, the Sixers owner Josh Harris said he expected them to at least make the Eastern Conference Finals, which brought the job security of coach Brett Brown to a risk. And after failing to accomplish that, a lot of speculations are going on.
Their All-Star center Joel Embiid defended coach Brown on the potential firing:
He’s done a fantastic job. He’s been there through everything. 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. He’s an amazing coach, a better person. … If there was someone to blame, I mean, put it all on me.
Coach Brown has been coaching the Sixers for six seasons now, while leading them through the dark times of the process, like ten wins in the 2015-2016 season, and was often complimented for his patience and commitment.
There is a lot of hard work in front of the young Sixers GM Elton Brand, who will not only have to make decisions on what to do with his staff.
Three of their starters in Jimmy Butler, JJ Reddick and Tobias Harris all have expiring contracts and are going to be free agents this season, and will be demanding major dollars this offseason. It will be an exciting summer for the Sixers.