The Sixers have a little over a week to prepare for the start of the regular season. The team will return to TD Bank Garden in Boston, where their 2018 playoff run ended after losing 4-1 in the second round series against the Celtics.
The night before this season’s training camp began, Head coach Brett Brown issued a challenge to the team. He set the bar as high as it could go, with an objective of making and playing in the NBA Finals. Brown went on record saying, “it is our goal, to go play in an NBA Final, and it’s a respect of championship habits, it’s a respect of each other and there are a lot of pieces, that are clearly have to be involved for us to achieve such a high goal, but that’s our goal.”
Ben Simmons has accepted the expectation. “We’re not going to set a goal if you can’t reach it, that’s the whole point of the goal, you want to reach it. We all have to buy in, do our job and pay attention to what the coaches want/need and execute that.”
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Dario Saric echoed the sentiment of his teammate, by stating, “obviously he [head coach Brett Brown] got the experience you know, to be the assistant coach of San Antonio, he knows what the team needs to do to come in the Finals, and he tried to put that in front of us, as a maybe bigger goal than everybody expect, but I think because of that … that kind of thing will push us you know to come on the court hungry everyday, try to play fast every moment of the game, and I think that’s our goal you know in our minds, you know sometimes, you need to put some bigger step in your minds you know to push you to come in a real position.”
The season will begin on October 16th at 8 p.m. ET in Boston, and the home opener is two days later at 8 p.m. ET on October 18th. Both games will be broadcast for a national audience on the TNT Network.