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09:26  14 may  2019
09:26  14 may  2019 Source:   msn.com

76ers' Butler after HC Brown calls him James: My name is literally Jimmy

76ers' Butler after HC Brown calls him James: My name is literally Jimmy Philadelphia 76ers guard Jimmy Butler produced a classic "Jimmy G. Buckets" outing in Monday's Game 2 win over the Toronto Raptors, prompting Sixers head coach Brett Brown to refer to him with a more formal name. "This was James Butler," Brown told reporters postgame when reflecting on the four-time All-Star's 30-point, 11-rebound, five-assist performance to help Philly square the series. "That was the adult in the gym he was a stud."

The 76 ers called a 9 a.m. press conference Tuesday at their complex in Camden, New Jersey, with ESPN reported Monday night Brown will return as coach next season. Brown could have his most talented team yet. But first, the agony of a postseason lingered for one more day at the Sixers complex.

Brett Brown survived a 10-win season to steer the Philadelphia 76 ers toward the top of the Eastern Conference. The 76 ers called a 9 a.m. press conference Tuesday at their complex in Camden, New Jersey

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PHILADELPHIA — Brett Brown survived a 10-win season to steer the Philadelphia 76ers toward the top of the Eastern Conference. He'll get another chance to try and finish the championship chase.

The 76ers called a 9 a.m. press conference Tuesday at their complex in Camden, New Jersey, with owner Josh Harris and general manager Elton Brand where they'll discuss their plans for the off-season, and how Brown fits in for the future. ESPN reported Monday night Brown will return as coach next season.

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Brown could have his most talented team yet.

Raptors hold edge on Sixers on Game 3 NBA betting lines

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Chris Broussard: 76 ers have to make major changes after their crushing Game 7 loss ? Brown ’s chances of returning for a seventh season as coach are on the rocks following back-to-back 50-win campaigns. So it goes in Philly, where patience Kawhi Leonard sank the first Game 7

Chris Broussard: 76 ers have to make major changes after their crushing Game 7 loss ?

But first, the agony of a post-season lingered for one more day at the Sixers complex.

The Sixers — who rebuilt their roster with two blockbuster trades — were knocked out of the Eastern Conference semifinal for the second straight season.

Kawhi Leonard sank the first Game 7-ending buzzer-beater in NBA history and Toronto struck its biggest dagger in the sports heart of Philadelphia since Joe Carter went deep for the Blue Jays in Game 6 of the 1993 World Series.

Joel Embiid walked off in tears, his girlfriend cradling the face of the crestfallen 7-footer.

Jimmy Butler, Tobias Harris and JJ Redick are headed into free agency, a max contract likely looming for Butler.

Brown's return was the most crucial decision facing ownership, as Harris for the first time put public pressure on Brown to at least reach the East final. And at an impromptu press conference before the start of the playoffs, Harris refused to say if Brown would return and offered only a lukewarm endorsement of his performance.

Embiid didn't sleep, required IV ahead of Game 4 loss to Raptors

Embiid didn't sleep, required IV ahead of Game 4 loss to Raptors Joel Embiid's lethargic performance in Sunday's Game 4 loss to the Toronto Raptors can be attributed to the Philadelphia 76ers All-Star once again being under the weather. Following the Sixers' 101-96 defeat at Wells Fargo Center, Embiid admitted he was vomiting, got little sleep, and required an IV at 6 a.m. ET, according to NBC Sports Philadelphia's Serena Winters. The 25-year-old center added his current illness is unrelated to the stomach flu that plagued him during Game 2. 76ers head coach Brett Brown confirmed during his postgame press conference that Embiid was sick and could have missed Game 4. "He just kind of willed his way through it.

Brown 's chances of returning for a seventh season as coach are on the rocks following back-to-back 50-win campaigns. Kawhi Leonard sank the first Game 7 buzzer-beater in NBA history and Toronto struck its biggest dagger in the sports heart of Philadelphia since Joe Carter went deep for the Blue

Stephen A. Smith goes off on the Philadelphia 76 ers -- particularly Ben Simmons and Brett Brown -- after the team's Game 2 loss to the Boston Celtics. ✔

"What he's done for this organization is nothing short of remarkable," Redick said Monday. "I would just say this in general, for any NBA team, when you think about a coach, and potentially replacing that coach, you have to consider what coaches are available. I don't feel it necessary to defend Brett to anyone. I think his work speaks for itself."

Like Redick, Brown's players have never shied away from expressing their admiration and confidence in Brown. Brown never cracked at the pressure or sniped at the media as he became the public face of the franchise through the early years of the Process. He outlasted general managers Sam Hinkie and Bryan Colangelo and turned the team into conference contenders even as expected cornerstones Markelle Fultz, Jahlil Okafor, Nerlens Noel and others flamed out. Only six NBA coaches have longer active tenures with one team than Brown does in Philadelphia.

76ers' Brown defends ill Embiid from criticism: 'I think it's grossly unfair'

76ers' Brown defends ill Embiid from criticism: 'I think it's grossly unfair' Battling an upper respiratory infection Tuesday, an ailing Joel Embiid put forth a second consecutive dud performance as the Philadelphia 76ers now trail 3-2 in their second-round matchup with the Toronto Raptors. Sixers head coach Brett Brown doesn't understand why the All-Star center is getting criticized considering how sick he's been for the better part of the series. "He was trying to do whatever he could to represent his organization and play basketball for the Philadelphia 76ers," Brown said following his team's 125-89 blowout loss in Game 5 at Scotiabank Arena. "I'm kind of disappointed. He gets shooken around, to me, too much. He's trying to play for us.

Crushing loss . Post to Facebook. The 2019 NBA playoffs will likely serve as a wake-up call for Philadelphia 76 ers big man Joel Embiid. The All-Star center battled illness and fatigue all series long, and by the time Toronto Raptors star Kawhi Leonard shocked the Sixers with a bouncing

Brett Brown 's chances of returning for a seventh season as 76 ers coach are on the rocks following back-to-back 50-win campaigns. PHILADELPHIA — Brett Brown survived a 10-win season to steer the Philadelphia 76 ers toward the top of the Eastern Conference.

"If there's someone to blame, put it all on me," Embiid said.

But the Sixers struck it big when Embiid became a franchise player and No. 1 pick Ben Simmons turned into an All-Star. Both have major flaws in health (Embiid) and shooting (Simmons) that will stunt the franchise's growth until they are resolved. Sure, the Sixers could pluck two-time national champion Jay Wright from Villanova much like the Cavaliers hired John Beilein, but the coach might not matter if Embiid can't consistently stay on the court.

Brown, though, has taken heat for a lot of the team's failures late in close games. Yes, Leonard's four-bouncer through the rim was the defining play, but a pair of late shot-clock violations and rushed shots as it ticked down made the Sixers appear disorganized in the final minutes.

There are plenty of other questions in a crucial off-season.

NEED FOR EMBIID

Embiid has all summer to dry his tears and soothe his upset tummy.

The Sixers will only go as far as their franchise centre takes them, period. They were willing to wait two years for him to sit out with injuries because they knew the tantalizing talent ahead. But he has yet to play more than 64 games a season, one reason why the Sixers played Game 7 on the road instead of home. He missed a playoff game against Brooklyn with a bad left knee and had multiple digestive issues that made his starting status unknown for other games. Embiid needs to become a 70-game player who never sniffs the injury report in the post-season for the Sixers to win it all.

Sixers coach Brett Brown puts painful loss in context for Joel Embiid

Sixers coach Brett Brown puts painful loss in context for Joel Embiid Sixers coach Brett Brown puts painful loss in context for Joel Embiid

Brown took over the team's basketball operations on an interim basis since then, although the 76 ers said their search Brown 's hot seat actually quite cool as 76 ers stand pat. 76 ers will move on from crushing Game 7 loss with Brown . Leonard hits bouncer at buzzer, Raptors beat 76 ers in Game 7 .

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"I feel like I let everybody down by not playing or by sitting out," Embiid said.

FREE AGENTS

Butler, acquired from Minnesota in November, is sure to ask for the max contract of nearly $190 million over five years. The Sixers would be wise to give it to him. Brown repeated through the playoffs that Butler was "the adult in gym" and other teams with cash to spend will be hot for the four-time All Star.

"I haven't thought about it too much," Butler said Monday. "I've got to sit down and really talk to my team."

Harris, a trade deadline pickup from the Clippers, can also command a max deal from the Sixers. The Sixers are already on the hook for the $121 million left on Embiid's deal and Simmons is a year out for earning a max-level extension. The Sixers have to solve some tricky financial questions if they're willing to pay all their stars, while still leaving room to sign needed reserves as they chase their first NBA championship since 1983.

SIZING UP SIMMONS

Defences sagged on Simmons daring him to shoot because the speedy All-Star can't do much outside the paint. Simmons is 0 for 17 from 3-point range in two seasons and the ability to expand his game is needed as much as a healthy Embiid.

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Dan Gelston, The Associated Press

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