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Report: 76ers, Brett Brown agree to three-year contract extension

Brett Brown

Philadelphia 76ers head coach Brett Brown gestures to his team during the second half of an NBA preseason basketball game against the Boston Celtics, Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016, in Amherst, Mass. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

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Brett Brown saw the 76ers through their dark days.

Can he successfully guide them in better times?

Philadelphia will find out.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:

Brown and Philadelphia had been working toward an extension for a while. It’s unsurprising this got done.

The 76ers had a breakout season, winning 52 games and a first-round series over the Heat. Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons give Philadelphia an even brighter future.

Brown spent most of the 76ers’ second-round series getting worked by Celtics coach Brad Stevens until inserting T.J. McConnell into the starting lineup. Although it got Philadelphia only one win, that adjustment stemmed the tide flowing against Brown.

To justify this extension, Brown must better handle the tactical adjustments that come through playoff series. His players are already good enough to advance even deeper.

It’s a different challenge than Brown faced earlier in his career. He excelled at teaching and instilling a positive culture amid losing. That quality work will get him a chance at the next task.

Brown has helped the young 76ers grow. Now, he must continue to develop with them.