Seltzer's Notebook: Sixers Brass Visit Birds, Brown on Saric

by Brian Seltzer
Sixers.com Reporter

Sixers Contingent Visits Eagles
Brett Brown is a basketball man through and through. But, as he’s shown throughout his three full seasons with the 76ers, he’s got a curious side to his personality. Regardless of the subject matter - it could be other sports, politics, even astronomy - Brown constantly seeks out new knowledge, and tries to find meaning and use for it in the context of his own profession.

So, the fact that Brown popped up at Philadelphia Eagles training camp Monday morning shouldn't have been much of a surprise.

“Any time you can come over here and sort of feel the city, feel the vibe – I’m a big Eagles fan, I’m a big NFL fan,” Brown, sporting some new Popovichian facial scruff, told a group of reporters at NovaCare Complex, where the Birds practice.

According to various accounts from media members that were in attendance, Sixers’ President of Basketball Operations Bryan Colangelo, Vice President of Player Personnel Marc Eversley, and Associate Vice President / Chief of Staff Ned Cohen were on hand as well.

“You leave feeling a little bit more attached to community,” said Brown. “You’re always speaking to coaches and wondering what the differences are from last year to this year and how do drills, so you feel a little bit smarter after you left.”

Doug Pederson, the former Eagles quarterback who was hired this past winter as the 23rd head coach in franchise history, enjoyed hosting his Sixers counterpart.

“It is awesome,” Pederson said when asked about having Brown and Sixers officials at Monday’s workout. “A guy like [Brown], you know, just the support you get from around the city, whether it be a manager, an owner, or even players that come visit. I think it’s great that we can support each other in this time of year. It’s great to have those guys out here.”

Brown Keeping an Eye on Saric
You’ve probably seen Dario Saric’s game-saving rejection from Croatia’s 72-70 upset win over Spain looped plenty of times. Because it was such a high-quality play, here’s one more look, with apologies to Pau Gasol:

In addition to posting that pivotal swat in his Olympic debut Sunday, Saric also registered five points (1-7 fg, 0-4 3fg), seven rebounds, and five assists. The versatile forward’s NBA head coach in-waiting was watching from afar. 

“I think that you’re looking at a young player that’s extremely competitive,” Brett Brown said Monday at NovaCare Complex. “[Manu] Ginobili was like this his first year in the NBA -- it’s like, he wears his heart on his sleeve. You can see the aggressive nature, his body language. 

“I feel like that, combined with learning NBA basketball, I’ll take that foundation all day, every day.”

Saric, the 12th choice in the 2014 draft, officially signed his rookie contract with the Sixers on July 15. Coincidentally, his next Olympic outing will come against Ginobili, whom Brown coached in San Antonio, and Argentina. The game is slated for Tuesday at 9:30 PM EST.

Simmons, Luwawu-Cabarrot Pose for Rookie Pictures
Ben Simmons and Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot, the Sixers’ top two selections in this past June’s NBA Draft, were back on the East Coast this past weekend, participating in the NBA’s official rookie photo shoot. The event featured over three dozen first-year players, and was held at Madison Square Garden Training Center, the Westchester, New York-based facility where the New York Knicks practice.

Below, find a link to a gallery of some of the top shots featuring both Simmons, this year’s number one pick, and Luwawu-Cabarrot, who went 22nd overall.  

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