Dec. 28, 2011; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Philadelphia 76ers assistant head coach Michael Curry (right) and head coach Doug Collins during game against the Phoenix Suns at the US Airways Center. The 76ers defeated the Suns 103-83. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Sixers do not bring back Michael Curry, Aaron McKie, and Jeff Capel

With the Brett Brown era officially beginning on Wednesday afternoon, the Sixers finally finished cleaning house in a way. Michael Curry, Aaron McKie, and Jeff Capel all assistant coaches with the Sixers were dismissed on Friday with one year on their contracts left.

In a statement Brett Brown said:

I respect the way this staff did their job and how they handled themselves with tremendous class and professionalism, which needs to be acknowledged. I am grateful for all the work they’ve done this off-season leading up to this decision.”

Brown said this about Curry, McKie, and Capel. He also said, “This decision takes nothing away from the talent and loyalty of Michael Curry, Aaron McKie and Jeff Capel, but is more about making a fresh start here in Philadelphia.” Brown wants to make sure that this not about their coaching ability but about beginning a new era in Sixers basketball. I wonder what Doug Collins thinks about all of this right about now.

Curry, McKie, and Capel were all key components to Doug Collins’ coaching staff but all of them will find a job in the NBA or college. Curry and McKie both have assistant coaching experience and Capel has college coaching experience.

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