NBA: Miami Heat at Philadelphia 76ers

Poor Brett Brown.

The Process Era for the Philadelphia 76ers will either go down as a tremendous success or an ignominious failure, but regardless of the outcome, the past three seasons’ staggering number of losses will remain on Brown’s ledger.

Though Brown’s worked to maintain his sunny disposition, some stretches are still tough for him to stomach, like the Sixers’ recent spate of injuries.

“How can we all not look at that and just admit it? Let’s call it for what it is. My analytics people tell me I’ve played 64 five-man rotations since the All-Star break,” Brown told Corey Seidman of CSN Philly.

“That’s not 40 games, that’s six games. Think about that. It’s born out of injury, it’s born out of trades, that’s just the way it is.”

Philadelphia’s lost Joel Embiid, Jerryd Bayless, and Ben Simmons to season-ending injuries, and shipped Nerlens Noel away in a trade that netted nothing of immediate value. Jahlil Okafor and Tiago Splitter are also hampered by nagging ailments.

The injury situation is so dire that backup forward Shawn Long, fresh out of the D-League on a 10-day contract, logged 15 minutes in Monday’s loss to Milwaukee and nearly led the team in scoring with 13 points.

The Sixers have employed rosters numbering 23, 25, 18, and now 19 players this season owing to various injuries and transactions.

“The good news is we’ve had a lot of practice at this,” Brown said. “When I say we, I mean me and my coaching staff.”


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