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Report: Brett Brown’s job safe with 76ers

Brett Brown

Philadelphia 76ers head coach Brett Brown gestures to his team during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Toronto Raptors, Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)


Sam Hinkie: out. Bryan Colangelo: in.

Will the 76ers’ front-office shakeup extend to the bench?

Keith Pompey of The Inquirer:

The 76ers just gave Brett Brown a contract extension that runs through 2018-19. Can he coach a team that’s trying to win now? I don’t know. He hasn’t been afforded the opportunity. But after all the good work he did with Philadelphia’s young players through the Process, he deserves a chance to find out.

Hinkie’s resignation probably doesn’t directly harm Brown’s job security. After the 76ers hired Jerry Colangelo, he explained his first encounter with Brown: “When I walked into (Brown’s) office he hugged me and said, ‘Boy, do I need you.’” Hinkie didn’t mention Brown in his 13-page resignation letter. There’s circumstantial evidence there was a disconnect between the two.

That said, neither Colangelo hired Brown. They might keep him in part because they have a good initial impression of him and in part because ownership doesn’t want to pay a second coach. But in time, the financial commitment to Brown will diminish, and the Colangelos will know more about him.

General managers often want to hire their own coach. Would the Colangelos hire Brown if they could start fresh? At minimum, he’s getting the first audition.