On Monday, the Philadelphia 76ers fired head coach Brett Brown, who spent seven seasons there. During Brown’s time in Philadelphia, he led the team from the early days of “The Process” to three consecutive playoff appearances. Brown was an overall coaching record of 221-344, but the Sixers won 50 or more games in two of the last three seasons.
Last week, Washington Wizards General Manager Tommy Sheppard announced that head coach Scott Brooks will remain in that role for the 2020-21 NBA season, even though he also will enter the last year of his contract. The 76ers have taken a step back this season after a rise, but they were trending up throughout Brown’s seven years.
The Wizards, however, are staying put.
Unlike former President of Basketball Operations Ernie Grunfeld, Sheppard is a more media-friendly personality. And he has made moves that focused on bringing in more players with higher motors and thankfully, less drama.
But the Wizards have been trending down the last several seasons, and they’re still apparently fine enough with the status quo. That seems a bit Grunfeldian at the surface.
Even though Washington is optimistic about the 2020-21 season, it’s looking very possible that the Wizards will need to enter their own version of “The Process,” especially if John Wall does not regain most of his 2016-17 self. There probably aren’t many coaches better than Brown who could do the job.
Since the Wizards already announced that Brooks is staying, it would be very cold-hearted for them to just fire him suddenly and start courting Brown. However, they should keep an eye on Brown’s availability nevertheless in the weeks and months ahead.