Did you ever think you’d get to this point? Reading an article about how the Sixers should be more like the Flyers? Here we are! The proof is in the pudding, the Flyers are winning and the Sixers are not. It’s time the Sixers take some notes from the team that they share a building with.
The Sixers lost a tough game against the Pacers who now hold sole possession of the 5th seed. They were at one point leading by 10 points in the fourth quarter, but as per usual with a Brett Brown coached team, they failed to close. The Sixers gave up 46 points in the game’s final quarter to shut the door on their first night returning to play. TJ Warren who was traded to Indiana for cash considerations turned in a career high 53 points. It was an embarrassment.
The Sixers return to play was full of… well, what we have come to expect from the team under Brett Brown. Sloppy with the basketball (21 turnovers), strange rotations (Raul Neto playing key minutes), and just an overall underwhelming effort by a team full of talent.
The Flyers on the other hand, beat the Boston Bruins Sunday afternoon 4-1. The Flyers at one point were a team awfully similar to the 2019-2020 Philadelphia 76ers. They were a team with a ton of talent, that just couldn’t find their way.
Led by Dave Hakstol, the Flyers were mediocre for many years which had nearly made them irrelevant in the city of Philadelphia. Well, not anymore. The Flyers are one of the top teams in the NHL, and before sports shut down they were the top team in the NHL. The Flyers did something the Sixers can’t seem to do, they parted ways with a bad coach.
The Sixers loss to the Pacers had Brett Brown’s name written all over it. Brett Brown has got to go, by leaving Brown in charge the Sixers are wasting time as their two superstars enter their prime. Embiid, 26 and Simmons, 24 are coming up on their peak athletic years and the Sixers can’t afford to throw the upcoming years away by leaving the same man in charge.
The Sixers have been stuck in neutral for three seasons now, and whenever the decision comes to fire Brown, it will be a decision that was made too late. They haven’t made it past the second round in the past two seasons under Brown. Unless there is a stroke of luck somewhere, they will not make it past the second round this year. I have said it before and I’ll say it again, the Sixers coach needs to go. Saturday night’s embarrassment is just another bad memory in a massive scrapbook that is the Brett Brown era.
When the Flyers fired Hakstol and hired Alain Vigneault it signified the end of an era, the losing era. The Flyers were sick of losing. It is obvious that by keeping Brett Brown in charge the Sixers are not. The Flyers have the best odds to win a championship between all four Philadelphia teams. It is not only because of the talent of their roster, as the Sixers have shown they have, but their coaching staff that has done an incredible job of making a good team look great.
Brett Brown’s time in Philadelphia is limited, and it should have ended a long time ago. For the first time in a long time it is fair to say, be like the Flyers.
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