Brett Brown uses Skype, basically summarizes entire Sixers' rebuilding philosophy perfectly

Brett Brown uses Skype, basically summarizes entire Sixers' rebuilding philosophy perfectly

I watched this TrueHoop video where ESPN's Henry Abbott talks with Philadelphia 76ers Head Coach Brett Brown and the first thing that jumps out at me is that Brett Brown uses Skype. This just seems fascinating to me. Imagine a thoughtful Skype interview with another Philly coach like Charlie Manuel or Craig Berube.

(Update: apparently the video embed does not work. Try here.)

The conversation centers around "systems," shooters, and the Sixers early development. Brown is quite candid. It's pretty great.

The part that stood out to me is when Brown seemingly summed up exactly what his team is going through this season with no sugar coating. It came after a question about Brown's involvement in developing his young players.

"I try to get on the court as much as I can and I do spend a lot of time, especially with Nerlens, as much time as I can with all of them. I try to be on the court and talk to them and engage different thoughts with them as it relates to development when you see their skill package is growing."

"I love fleshing out the truth of what I think is important for them to grow. Evan Turner, what's the evolution of his game? At 25 what does he need to do to get better? Thaddeus, Spencer, Michael Carter... I have strong opinions, I hope some of them are right, where you can share stories on all the experiences I've been fortunate to have. I've seen five championships, we won four of them. Playing in May and June is hard. There are human qualities, practice habits that players need to have in order to deliver themselves to that period of time at some stage of their career."

"I love the development side," Brown said. "I like the players knowing that we genuinely want them to get better. The dynamics that I have rolling around on this current 76ers team is dangerous if you don't hit it on the head. You got people that think they could get traded, you got people think we're tanking, I got young kids that never played a day in their life in the NBA, I got a potential rookie of the year. Those things are real. We talk about them all. The things that brings it all together is we're going to give you opportunity, we're going to work hard each day, we want to build a culture, and we want to make the individual better. And incredibly to me, that has been our compass and has kept us together in the middle of January after some fantastic wins and some humiliating losses. So that's sort of been our benchmark but it's all surrounded by development."

Basebrawl! Bryce Harper fights Giants' Hunter Strickland after HBP

Basebrawl! Bryce Harper fights Giants' Hunter Strickland after HBP

SAN FRANCISCO -- Nationals slugger Bryce Harper and San Francisco reliever Hunter Strickland both landed punches to the head during a wild brawl that erupted Monday after a hit by pitch.

Harper was hit in the right hip by Strickland's 98 mph in the eighth inning with Washington ahead 2-0.

Harper pointed the bat toward Strickland, charged the mound and fired his batting helmet wide of the pitcher. They started to swing away and they each connected as the benches and bullpens emptied. At least two Giants players forcefully dragged Strickland from the middle of the brawl all the way into the dugout.

In the 2014 NL Division Series, Harper hit two home runs off Str

NBA Finals: Warriors coach Steve Kerr not well yet, but hasn't ruled himself out for Game 1

NBA Finals: Warriors coach Steve Kerr not well yet, but hasn't ruled himself out for Game 1

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Golden State's Steve Kerr expects to decide soon whether he will coach in the NBA Finals, saying Monday he's not yet ready but hasn't ruled himself out for Game 1.

Kerr said: "As of right now I would not coach Thursday night. It's still up in the air." He said that by Game 1, he might make a decision on his status.

The reigning NBA Coach of the Year, still not feeling well after a May 5 procedure to repair a spinal fluid leak, addressed the media Monday when acting coach Mike Brown was out with the flu.

He joked: "I told the team the good news is the team is really healthy, the bad news is the coaching staff is dropping like flies."

Brown has been coaching the team since Game 3 of the first round at Portland, with Kerr assisting at practice and from the locker room before and during games.