IT APPEARS new 76ers coach Brett Brown is a man of his word. During the news conference in which he was introduced as the new coach, Brown said he wanted to have his coaching staff in place before the end of this month. According to a source, his first hire will be Lloyd Pierce.
Pierce had previous stints with the Memphis Grizzlies, Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers. The San Jose native played for Santa Clara University from 1994-98 and played professionally in Mexico, Australia and Germany before returning to Santa Clara to join then-coach Dick Davey's staff.