Brett Brown Agrees To Coach 76ers
by Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY Sports
San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Brett Brown has agreed to coach the Philadelphia 76ers, two people with direct knowledge of the deal told USA TODAY Sports.
The people requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly until the deal was announced officially.
Brown, who also coached the Australian national team at the 2012 London Olympics, was one of several candidates the Sixers interviewed. It is the second assistant Spurs coach Gregg Popovich has lost this summer to a head coaching position. Mike Budenholzer left the Spurs for the Atlanta Hawks.
Brown has been with the Spurs since 2002 in a variety of capacities, including director of player development. He has been on the Spurs’ bench since 2006-07. Before joining the Spurs in 2002, he spent nearly 14 seasons coaching in Australia. He also was Australia’s national team assistant coach at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics and 2002 Sydney Olympics.
Philadelphia, under the direction of new general manager Sam Hinkie, also interviewed Boston Celtics assistant coach Jay Larranaga, Portland Trail Blazers assistant David Vanterpool, Chicago Bulls assistant Adrian Griffin and Atlanta Hawks assistant Kenny Atkinson.
Sports Illustrated first reported the hire.