MIAMI – The 76ers’ season has
come to an end, but prep work for next season is beginning.
A 100-87 win over the Miami
Heat Wednesday, closing out the regular season, only calls attention upon the
next critical date on the Sixers’ calendar: the NBA Draft lottery, on May 20.
Sixers coach Brett Brown, who
had grown accustomed to 50-win seasons in San Antonio said he’ll harbor some
jitters that night. He’s fully aware of what hangs in the balance, with the
Sixers holding the Nos. 2 and 10 spots in the lottery.
“That night, when you find out
where you pick, is a nerve-wracking night for me,” Brown said, after the Sixers’
win. “I don’t remember the last time we’ve been kind of nervous. That night I’ll
be nervous. It’s a really important night for the club. We’ll continue moving
forward, no matter what happens. I’d be lying if I said it any other way –
there will be some anxiety with me.”
Brown said he will follow the
lead of Sixers general manager Sam Hinkie, upon whom Brown laid the title “the
architect of all of it.”
“I will be led by Sam,” Brown
said. “I’ve gone through a very system-oriented process for the past 12 years
with an organization that’s proven they’ve made way more good decisions than
bad decisions. And that is Sam’s strength. I’ve got faith in Sam. It’s a very
large reason why I’m here. I’m going to let him use me how he wants to use me.
It’s my nature to immerse myself into it all and be highly opinionated.
“Somewhere out there (are)
analytics people and Sam, as the architect of all of it, and coaches will all
share in an opinion and the club will roll with it. Ultimately that’s Sam’s
responsibility, why he was hired and I’m thrilled to be with him.”
The Sixers (19-63), who
finished the year on their first winning streak since winning four in a row
between Dec. 29-Jan. 4, will fly out of Miami tonight and conduct exit
interviews with coaches and members of the media Thursday.
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