For sure. Harris is known to directly involve himself in personnel moves, and he was either unable or unwilling to hire a different GM (sources differ on that - some said better GMs refused to work for him, some said he was only willing to hire a GM who would keep the rest of the front office intact).
And he let himself get bullied by the league. And ownership's affection for and close relationship with the star players undercut Brown's authority (and they also undercut Brand's authority initially by not making him Brown's superior).
It always starts at the top.
Something from Hollinger's column today that isn't even about Harris (it was David Heller)
Philly’s front office has been in flux ever since, with the younger Colangelo’s tenure ending via Burnergate and setting the stage for the current regime of Elton Brand. Both were subjected to periodic drive-bys from a since-departed minority owner who liked to stick his fingers in the pie.
And now, of course, this in Woj's report, whatever that means
Brown's dismissal is expected to be a precursor for more upheaval for the 76ers, whose senior leadership -- including general manager Elton Brand -- will begin exploring changes in the front office structure, sources said.
The franchise's plan is that Brand will continue to oversee basketball operations, sources tell ESPN.