August 14, 2013

76ers introduce Maine native as head coach

Brett Brown of South Portland will take over a team that hasn't won a championship in 30 years.

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Philadelphia 76ers incoming head coach Brett Brown listens during a news conference introducing him as head coach Wednesday in Philadelphia. Brown's hire ended a four-month search to replace Doug Collins.

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Brown is used to a winning program at San Antonio, so he's not familiar with starting from the bottom. But the Sixers realize it's not an overnight process and gave him a four-year contract to turn things around.

"You get excited to be a part of the rebuild," Brown said. "We all know the pain of the rebuild is real. There needs to be patience. I have not been a part of a rebuild since I was in the NBA. The rebuild has to be keeping the locker room together."

What type of offense will the Sixers have under Brown? That depends on the players and their ability, though Brown has his preference.

"We want to go. We want to get out in the open court, and we want to run," he said. "It's easy to say, but it's hard to run for 82 games. You have to have a tremendous fitness base."

Brown expects his coaching staff in place by Sept. 1. It doesn't appear he has to be concerned with owner Josh Harris moving the team.

There had been speculation that Harris may consider taking the team out of Philadelphia after his purchase of the NHL's New Jersey Devils is complete. But Hinkie dismissed that idea.

"Josh Harris is more committed than ever to owning the Sixers, the fans of Philadelphia and to keeping the Sixers here forever," Hinkie said.

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