HOUSTON – Though the 76ers are generating news with their 25-game losing streak entering Thursday’s road game at Houston, head coach Brett Brown doesn’t seem to mind answering the questions about the second-longest losing streak in NBA history.
And the rookie coach certainly enjoys coaching this team, the youngest in the league.
“In a twisted way this is enjoyable,” Brown said. “I’m watching the guys get better. We’re headed in the right direction.
“We encourage them to feel good about themselves. We’re the youngest team in the history of the game. With that comes some losing.”
The losses mount. The previous franchise record of 20 straight losses set in 1973 was eclipsed. There are six rookies on the current roster and James Nunnally and Casper Ware are on 10-day contracts.
“This year we’re judged by different measurements,” Brown said. “Our guys are bringing their ‘A’ effort.
“We realize we’re coaching a bunch of young players. That’s fine by me. That’s what I signed up for. I love coaching the group.”
Nunnally pleased to be back
James Nunnally isn’t overly concerned about the Sixers' losing streak. He’s glad to be part of the team and the league. On Thursday the club signed the 6-foot-7 forward from California-Santa Barbara to a second 10-day contract.
“It means they’re looking at me, watching me,” said Nunnally. “I just have to come out and play more aggressive. Be myself and play within myself.
“I’m really blessed to be in the NBA. I’ll play anywhere on any team. I know it’s a rebuilding year for this team. They’re looking for guys to build with in the future. I just got to play.”
Nunnally has appeared in five games this season with the Sixers. In 35 games between Bakersfield and Texas of the D-League, Nunnally was averaging 18.1 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists.
Nunnally’s specialty is three-point shooting.
“I can definitely fill that role,” he said. “I feel I can do much more but that’s what they want me to do here.”