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A glimpse into Brett Brown's game day routine from start to finish

A glimpse into Brett Brown's game day routine from start to finish

You know that old adage, practice what you preach? 

For Brett Brown, the importance of locking into a routine isn’t just something he urges from his younger players, it’s something he’s lived by since the moment he stepped foot in Philadelphia.

“Every one of my years I've been in Philadelphia, I do the same thing," he said. "Every game.”

From caffeine choices to afternoon jogs to nightly unwinds, let’s peel back the game day curtain for the Sixers head coach. 

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The morning starts early for Brown. Somewhere between 6 and 6:30 a.m., Brown makes his way over to the kitchen for his morning cup of joe. It is there that he is confronted with his first decision of the morning.

Coffee machine? Or Nespresso?

“Based on my mood and laziness, I choose one or the other. That, for sure, jump starts my personality,” Brown chuckles.

Brown enjoys "every bit" of his two coffees in the morning, just a splash of cream. It’s the first of many rituals to come for the sixth-year Sixers head coach.

It’s then, when no one is awake, Brown starts to set his mind for what he wants to get done. 

Using a spatial kitchen table as his workspace, Brown opens up Dropbox links from his video coordinators, examining matchups and different offensive and defensive situations for the evening’s opponent, always with an emphasis on end-of-game scenarios. 

Once his household starts to stir, Brown takes a break to spend time with his son in the morning before he heads off to school. 

Then it’s back to that kitchen table. 

Have you ever noticed that white piece of paper that Brown walks around with during games? It’s that piece of parchment that Brown starts formulating. 

“You begin to think about in timeouts, how you're going to get Jimmy (Butler) the ball, or Joel (Embiid) the ball in plays you might want to go to, based on the matchup," Brown said. "It would be different, say, when you are playing OKC versus if you are playing somebody else.”

Sometime before lunch, Brown hops in his Jeep and heads to Wells Fargo Center, stopping at his office and spreading out his things on his desk, before heading back outside.

“I go for a run. Same run, everyday,” Brown says of his four-to-five mile jog, which includes a park near the arena.

Snow, rain, sleet or shine. 

Well, except that one time …

“I think I've only missed one game, and that was a violent, like sleet storm,” Brown laughs as he gets confirmation from Sixers radio voice Tom McGinnis.

“Tell her about that one time you did an interview with Jim Rome while you were running,” McGinnis chimes in.

Brown even stopped to take a selfie for Rome that day.

“I feel worthless if I don't. I do it every game,” Brown says proudly, admitting that he really enjoys running in the snow.

Rumor has it, some have even spotted Brown running outside with socks on his hands to keep warm.

By 2:30 p.m., it’s back to work as all of the coaches gather for their coaches meeting. A 15-minute team film session precedes a 30-minute walk-through on the court. 

Usually a shower finds its way in between the walk-through and the 5:15 p.m. media availability (Sometimes not).

“And if it's national TV, you just keep on going to other rooms, and then I sprint back to my office.”

It is there Brown "cleans up his world," changing into his suit and putting any last-minute touches on his game-day preparations.

“I don't feel as equipped to do my job unless I stick to that,” Brown says of his routine. “I just feel healthy and I feel organized.” 

Then he heads out through the tunnel. 

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At some point after postgame media availability, going over stat sheets, meeting with coaches, and grabbing some food, Brown heads home.

He pops on the television — always world news, usually BBC — and tries to unwind.

And then there’s that one part of his routine that he, like most coaches, can’t control. 

“The correlation of winning and losing influences sleep the most, but it's part of it," he said. "The night after a loss, the morning after a loss, it's terrible.”

Brown drifts off into a mumble about waking up to use the restroom in the middle of the night and replaying plays in his mind. 

But he wouldn’t have it any other way. 

“I'm a normal dad that loves basketball that goes to see my kid’s games. I don’t sleep a lot," he said. "I work a lot. And I love what I do.”

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Uh Oh: Stephen A. Smith is predicting HUGE things for Sixers this season

Uh Oh: Stephen A. Smith is predicting HUGE things for Sixers this season

Stephen A. Smith's track record of predicting things is suspect to say the least.

So it's with great trepidation that Philadelphia 76ers fans should watch the below clip in which he predicts an NBA Finals appearance for Brett Brown's club this coming season.

Smith made the prediction on ESPN's First Take on Friday morning while sitting alongside NBA legend Magic Johnson (the joke about tampering with Giannis may have been the highlight of the segment).

"The Philadelphia 76ers are going to the NBA Finals," Smith declares. "I'm going to defer to my man Jalen Rose when he points out that Boston arguably has the best perimeter shooting team. We can't ignore that. Toronto lost Kawhi, ain't nothing to discuss. The Greek Freak, as phenomenal as he is, the combo of not having a reliable perimeter shot combined with Malcolm Brogdon being in Indiana..."

"My attitude is, I don't like the fact that Philly lost JJ Redick, that's a big loss to me," Smith continues. "The fact that Boston no longer has Al Horford and the Sixers do, not only somebody to pair with Embiid but to spell him whenever he's out. I'm going to believe Ben Simmons has been working on his shot. I'm going to believe Tobias Harris doesn't have to worry about co-existing with Jimmy Butler and that's a plus. I'm going to believe Josh Richardson can play at both ends of the floor..."

"I'm a little suspect on their bench, but I think the Sixers are going to be playing in June."

On the bright side for Philly fans, it's not like Smith is making some bold proclamation here. FiveThirtyEight's prediction model actually gives the Sixers the best chances of making the Finals of any team in the NBA given the East's weaker make up than the West. In fact, they give the Sixers almost twice as good a chance of doing so than the next closest Eastern contender the Bucks (54% vs. 27%).

So Stephen A. isn't going out on a limb, but it never feels great when he picks your squad in anything.

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Sixers tease new red Statement jerseys that differ from last season's

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Sixers tease new red Statement jerseys that differ from last season's

The Sixers' Statement Edition jerseys last year were the red uniforms that said "Sixers" across the front in an interesting script. It appears those jerseys will be different for the 2019-2020 season.

Chris Heck, President of the Sixers and Mr. #OnBrand, tweeted out an image of the new jerseys that look quite similar to last season's but instead of "Sixers" across the front they have the familiar "Phila" in script.

Give it a look below:

The jerseys also have the familiar stars down the side of the jersey. The team hasn't made an official announcement just yet so it's unclear what other details may have changed from season to season.

This Statement Edition will join the two regular jerseys, Icon Edition (standard blue) and Association Edition (standard white), alongside the recently unveiled Classic Edition jerseys that feature a throwback to the 70s look with that very interesting "Seventy Sixers" across the front and Ben Simmons sitting in a dope old-school car.

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