The Sixers haven't been putting a ton of 'W's in the win column as of late, but head coach Brett Brown has been winning fans over with his fantastic interviews. Last week it was a video chat he did with Henry Abbott of TrueHoop and today it's a nice Q&A he had with Grantland's Zach Lowe prior to Friday night's loss to Miami.
One of the things that is interesting about Brown is that he's obviously aware of some of the more advance stats talked about a lot on the Internet and in the basketball world today. He knows they exist -- he must, being a Hinkie guy and all -- but he also knows his decades of experience in the game of basketball could maybe trump analytics at times.
This is one of the main points Sam Hinkie seemed to need to defend himself against when he was initially hired. Stats and analytics can be a very valuable tool. But they're not the basketball bible.
For instance, Brown downplays the notion that a bad team (the Sixers!) pushing the pace all game long is a tanking mechanism. Something that was talked about frequently earlier in the season.
There's also this great response from Brown when Lowe calls Philly a cold and angry city (If you've been outdoors in the past day or two it's hard to argue).
Brown: And you could use that time to do due diligence — to look at the owners, the roster, and to understand a little bit more about Sam [Hinkie, the Sixers GM]. I grew up in New England, and spent so much time in Boston, I’m acutely aware of the sporting pulse of a city like Philadelphia.
Lowe: A cold, angry city.
Brown: And I love it. I love being back on this side of the country. I like the snow, I like the cold. It’s where I’m from, it’s my upbringing.
Brett's probably out running in FDR Park right now like Rocky in the Russian mountains.
The whole chat is worthwhile and will make you like Brown even more.
>>Q&A: Brett Brown on His Spurs Past, His Philly Future, and Going for a Jog [Grantland]
Temple head coach Geoff Collins on Monday added two new members to his coaching staff.
Keith Gaither will take over as the wide receivers’ coach and Kyle Lane is the new video coordinator.
Gaither comes to Temple with 21 years of coaching experience. He spent last season as Army's wide receivers coach. Prior to that, he spent time with Tusculum College (1998-99), Thomasville City Schools (2000-04), Winston-Salem State (2005-08), Elon (2009-10) and Ball State (2010-14).
Gaither spent his collegiate career at Elon where he was a four-year starter and voted all-region at defensive end before graduating in 1997. Collins originally had retained Frisman Jackson from the 2016 staff, but Jackson was hired by the Tennessee Titans.
Lane is a Temple alum who spent time with Kansas during the 2016 season as its assistant video coordinator.
The Philadelphia Soul on Monday signed two players from their recent open tryouts, defensive lineman John Sheehy and offensive lineman John King.
Sheehy (6-5, 260), primarily a defensive end at Western Texas A&M, appeared in 13 games with the Buffalos during the 2013 season recording 16.0 tackles, 2.5 tackles for a loss of 16 yards, and 1.5 sacks. He spent his 2014 season and a redshirt because of injury. He returned in the 2015 season posting 25.0 total tackles, 2.5 tackles for a total loss of 10 yards and one sack.
“Finding guys like John is what makes hosting these tryouts well worth the effort,” head coach Clint Dolezel said in a statement. “Getting to the quarterback has to be a priority in arena football and I believe John has the skillset to be a great AFL pass rusher.”
King (6-8, 320) started 34 at Buffalo and was the Bulls' starting right tackle his last two seasons.
“With the addition of John to our offensive line, we will be able to continue our success of leading the league in fewest quarterback sacks," Dolezel said. “Each year we produce at least one All-Arena offensive lineman and I believe John has the qualities to reach that caliber.”