Joel Embiid made it clear how he felt about his coach as rumors about his potential firing have swirled since the 76ers were eliminated from the 2019 NBA playoffs.
Joel Embiid does not want to hear chatter about coach Brett Brown potentially getting fired.
Despite being with Philadelphia for six seasons and guiding the team to its first back-to-back 50-win seasons since the 1980s (1979-80 until 1985-86), Brown had been rumored to end up on the chopping block depending on how Philadelphia's season ended after going all out by trading for Jimmy Butler and Tobias Harris.
"I was off social media. I heard about all these rumors and I just thought it was bulls---," Embiid said. "He's done a fantastic job. He's been there through everything and then this year I think he grew even more as a coach. He learned. We all learned."
Embiid will likely get his wish. Brown will return as the Sixers head coach in 2019-20 after meeting with Sixers managing partner Josh Harris and GM Elton Brand, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.
Brett Brown will return as the Philadelphia 76ers coach next season, managing partner Josh Harris told ESPN on Monday night. Harris, Brown and GM Elton Brand met today to discuss offseason priorities, including draft and free agency.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) May 14, 2019
Brown was asked about his job following Sunday's defeat and he told reporters, "Stuff like that, we've talked internally a lot. The club can respond to that," according to Dave McMenamin of ESPN.com.
The Kansas product was in tears following the heartbreaking, season-ending loss and told reporters, "I can't explain it. It just sucks."
Embiid was drafted by the 76ers following Brown's first season with the club.