Brett Brown uses Skype, basically summarizes entire Sixers' rebuilding philosophy perfectly

Brett Brown uses Skype, basically summarizes entire Sixers' rebuilding philosophy perfectly

I watched this TrueHoop video where ESPN's Henry Abbott talks with Philadelphia 76ers Head Coach Brett Brown and the first thing that jumps out at me is that Brett Brown uses Skype. This just seems fascinating to me. Imagine a thoughtful Skype interview with another Philly coach like Charlie Manuel or Craig Berube.

(Update: apparently the video embed does not work. Try here.)

The conversation centers around "systems," shooters, and the Sixers early development. Brown is quite candid. It's pretty great.

The part that stood out to me is when Brown seemingly summed up exactly what his team is going through this season with no sugar coating. It came after a question about Brown's involvement in developing his young players.

"I try to get on the court as much as I can and I do spend a lot of time, especially with Nerlens, as much time as I can with all of them. I try to be on the court and talk to them and engage different thoughts with them as it relates to development when you see their skill package is growing."

"I love fleshing out the truth of what I think is important for them to grow. Evan Turner, what's the evolution of his game? At 25 what does he need to do to get better? Thaddeus, Spencer, Michael Carter... I have strong opinions, I hope some of them are right, where you can share stories on all the experiences I've been fortunate to have. I've seen five championships, we won four of them. Playing in May and June is hard. There are human qualities, practice habits that players need to have in order to deliver themselves to that period of time at some stage of their career."

"I love the development side," Brown said. "I like the players knowing that we genuinely want them to get better. The dynamics that I have rolling around on this current 76ers team is dangerous if you don't hit it on the head. You got people that think they could get traded, you got people think we're tanking, I got young kids that never played a day in their life in the NBA, I got a potential rookie of the year. Those things are real. We talk about them all. The things that brings it all together is we're going to give you opportunity, we're going to work hard each day, we want to build a culture, and we want to make the individual better. And incredibly to me, that has been our compass and has kept us together in the middle of January after some fantastic wins and some humiliating losses. So that's sort of been our benchmark but it's all surrounded by development."

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Best of NBA: Pelicans hold off late Lakers rally for 1st win

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Best of NBA: Pelicans hold off late Lakers rally for 1st win

LOS ANGELES -- Anthony Davis scored 27 points, DeMarcus Cousins had 20 and the New Orleans Pelicans withstood a furious rally to beat the Los Angeles Lakers 119-112 on Sunday night for their first victory of the season.

The Pelicans led by 22 points in the second quarter and were still up by double figures heading into the final period, but the Lakers made a charge despite a poor shooting night from rookie Lonzo Ball.

Reserve Jordan Clarkson had 24 points for the Lakers, but Ball shot just 3 for 13 for eight points. He did have 13 assists and eight rebounds.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope started and scored 20 points in his first appearance for the Lakers. Rookie Kyle Kuzma also had 20.

E'Twaun Moore, who went 0 for 5 in his last game, added 19 points for the Pelicans (1-2), while Jrue Holiday and Ian Clark each had 14 (see full recap).

Wiggins' heave banks in, leads Timberwolves past Thunder
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Andrew Wiggins' 3-pointer from a few steps inside halfcourt banked in as time expired to give the Minnesota Timberwolves a 115-113 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday night.

Oklahoma City's Carmelo Anthony had hit a 3-pointer with 5.1 seconds left to give the Thunder the lead before the Timberwolves inbounded to Wiggins, who rushed up the court and got free with help from a crushing pick by Karl-Anthony Towns before pulling up for the winner.

Wiggins scored 27 points and Towns had 27 points and 12 rebounds for Minnesota (2-1).

Russell Westbrook scored 15 of his 31 points in the fourth quarter for the Thunder, who were coming off a loss at Utah on Saturday night. Anthony scored 23 points and Paul George scored 14 points on 6-for-20 shooting. Steven Adams had 17 points and 13 rebounds for the Thunder (see full recap).

Allen Crabbe scored 20 points, Nets beat Hawks
NEW YORK -- Allen Crabbe scored 20 points, DeMarre Carroll had 17 and the Brooklyn Nets beat the Atlanta Hawks 116-104 on Sunday.

Caris LeVert and D'Angelo Russell each had 16 points to help the Nets improve to 2-1 with their second straight victory.

Marco Belinelli had 19 points for Atlanta. The Hawks have lost two in a row to drop to 1-2.

Atlanta point guard Dennis Schroeder went down with an apparent ankle injury with 3:37 left and had to be helped off the court.

Brooklyn found a way to win once again without Jeremy Lin, who was lost for the season on opening night with a knee injury, holding off the Hawks after leading by 16 points late in the third (see full recap).