When you’re the only winless team in the NBA, things are bound to get stressful. Thankfully, Philadelphia 76ers fans are, surprisingly, not here to call for your job or even kidnap you. They’re here to make your life just a little bit easier.
Per ESPN.com, one 76ers fan, 25-year-old Ronald AngSiy, has been collecting money to get head coach Brett Brown a “relaxation package”:
“Everyone talks about how Brown gets the crappy side of The Process,” AngSiy told ESPN. “So we decided to send him some gifts to cheer him up.”
Through crowd-funding, AngSiy said he’s received more than $400 dedicated to giving Brown a relaxation package, which he will personally deliver later to the team later this season.
“As of right now,” AngSiy said, “we have a fruit basket with herbs and tea; we have a box of truffle chocolates; we’re getting a very expensive case of Jack Daniels; a spa treatment and massage. … It grows by $50 increments every day. Maybe I’ll buy him a puppy or something.”
Sixteen games into his third season, Brown is 37-143 with the Sixers. The team’s record went from 19 wins to 18 from Year 1 to Year 2, and now the Sixers are on pace to win even fewer games. The young talent is there, it just has to come together. The fact Brown has lasted three years in Philly is kind of remarkable especially seeing as his former boss, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, admits he’d only last about a month in the same situation.
“I’d be not telling the truth if I didn’t say that hearing that makes me even more committed to what we’re doing,” Brown said. “We feel a responsibility on a bunch of levels to get this right to the fans, to a bunch of 20-year-olds in the locker room, to an ownership group that made an incredible commitment to a difficult strategy.”
But, hey, a job is only as good as its perks, right? Truffles, a little Jack, a massage and a puppy is as good as it gets. Maybe a win would help, though.