The 76ers will face an immediate challenge as they begin what is expected to be an arduous and painful rebuilding process. Up first on the schedule are the two-time defending NBA champions, the Miami Heat.
Miami, which opened its season Tuesday at home against the Chicago Bulls, christens the Brett Brown era when the Heat visit the Sixers on Wednesday night at the Wells Fargo Center.
Brown was an assistant with the San Antonio Spurs last season. Miami beat the Spurs in seven games in the NBA Finals.
"Everybody knows my last time I saw them was a huge disappointment," Brown said after Tuesday's practice at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. "I feel like personally I am in a different place now and the hangover, residue of all that still exists a little, but not to the point where you think about it a lot."