Symbiosys of Philadelphia 76ers and Delaware 87ers

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Jan 26, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers head coach Brett Brown talks to his team in a huddle during the second half against the Phoenix Suns at Wells Fargo Center. The Philadelphia 76ers won 113-103. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

In recent weeks, the exchange of coaching talent shows the respect and symbiotic relationship between the Philadelphia 76ers and the Delaware 87ers

The NBA Development League. Some call it the D-League. Others call it an opportunity.  Still others call it the next step. Even more simply call it home.  Finally, some never acknowledge it.

The NBA Development League was founded in 2001. Since then, it has been working towards   creating a franchise to correspond with each NBA team. Currently, there are 22 Development League teams.

The Philadelphia 76ers affiliate with NBADL Delaware 87ers.  That affiliation has been felt at many levels of the organization, sometimes in the form of players being called up, such as Christian Wood last season.  Sometimes in the form of players being signed by the 87ers, such as Jordan McRae.

But the exchange does not rest solely upon the shoulders of players, as coaches have been exchanged by each club.  The next head coach of the Delaware 87ers is Eugene Borroughs, formerly Philadelphia 76ers shooting coach.  He replaces former head coach Kevin Young, who has taken on the role of assistant coach alongside Jim O’Brien this season.  Former 87ers assistant coach has moved up to the 76ers as a player development coach.

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