"Because you get so excited to coach, again," said Brown, whose team also worked out Saturday evening. "You get so excited to play again. I think if you go overboard in Day 1, it influences practices five, six, seven, and eight."
The Sixers can't afford for that to happen with a 20-man roster that boasts just six players who have more than two years of experience. This preseason, and season, is all about teaching and developing talent.
So Brown put the Sixers through a hard and sharp practice that concluded an hour ahead of schedule.
Thaddeus Young, who is used to being overloaded during the first practice, liked Brown's approach.
"We got up and down," said the forward, who is entering his seventh season. "We pushed and shoved a little bit. And just got a feel for what's new to come."
The 6-foot-8, 230-pounder spent time at both forward positions in the morning practice. He started the practice at power forward. Rookie point guard Michael Carter-Williams, guard James Anderson, swingman Evan Turner, and center Spencer Hawes joined him on the first team.
The Sixers also on Saturday announced the signings of free-agent post players Solomon Alabi (7-1, 250 pounds) and Nayal "Mac" Koshwal (6-10, 255). Alabi has NBA experience, having played for the Toronto Raptors during the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons.
Sumpter likely to coach
All signs are pointing to Curtis Sumpter's joining the Sixers coaching staff.
"It's looking like that," Brown said.
The former Villanova standout is interviewing for a player development/video intern job.
Sumpter was a standout forward for the Wildcats from 2002 to 2007. He played professionally overseas in France and Germany and for the Tulsa 66ers of the NBA Development League after college.
He returned to Villanova in 2012 as the student-athlete development assistant.