Pompey: Brown’s Gained A Lot Of Respect From Players
With the Bryan Colangelo tenure in Philadelphia officially ending on Thursday, the Sixers organization has appointed Head Coach Brett Brown to be the man in charge of Basketball Operations on an interim basis as ownership begins their search for a new General Manager. Brown has been the Sixers Head Coach since the 2013-14 season and previously worked in the Spurs organization for over a decade. In San Antonio, their Head Coach Gregg Popovich also holds the title of "President", so Brett Brown is very familiar with how an NBA organization can be run where the Head Coach is also an important member of the Front Office.
Philadelphia Inquirer Sixers Beat Writer Keith Pompey joined The Sports Bash on Thursday with perspective on Brett Brown being elevated in the aftermath of Bryan Colangelo's departure from the 76ers:
"Right now Brett Brown is the President of Basketball Ops, so a lot of decisions are going to be made between Brett, the ownership group, Josh Harris and David Blitzer. Scott O’Neil will have some influence on what’s going on as well, he’s the CEO....When JJ had his introductory press conference - he said Brett Brown was the reason why he became a 76er. He wanted to play for Brett....He gained a lot of respect from players around the league. So when you hear JJ Redick say that and you also hear about Marco Bellinelli and Ersan Ilyasova, they came because of Brett Brown. Marco came because Brett Brown has a relationship with guys who used to coach Marco from the Spurs and Marco wanted to play for him because of that, so that’s the reason he came - I don’t know if Brett is a long term answer, but right now you have to have someone in place who people respect. Brett Brown has relationships where he can go out and talk to people and say this is a great situation."
Hear what Pompey had to say about Josh Harris' comments at Thursday's press conference, perspective on Bryan Colangelo's tenure with the Sixers, and more