Philadelphia 76ers coach Brett Brown is quickly letting NBA fans know what his team expects out of itself for the upcoming season.
After the Sixers’ first training camp practice Saturday, Brown told reporters that the team’s goal for the upcoming season is to play in the NBA Finals.
The Sixers lost to the Boston Celtics in five games during the Eastern Conference semifinals last season. Their playoff appearance was the first since 2012 when Philadelphia lost to the Celtics in seven games at the same point of the postseason.
With LeBron James now with the Los Angeles Lakers, the East is primed to have a shift in power. The Celtics will likely be the best team in the conference, but with the Sixers having a quality core and youth, they shouldn’t be far behind.
Still, for the Sixers to make the jump from being a promising team to being a legitimate title contender, they’ll have to prove they can beat Boston. The Celtics were one game away last season from advancing to the NBA Finals, losing 87-79 to the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals.
The Sixers will start their preseason Friday when they play Melbourne United in the Wells Fargo Center at 7 p.m. EST.