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Brown demanded 4-year contract from 76ers
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On August 15, 2013 @ 2:49 am In Wirenews | Comments Disabled
by Jason Wolf, USA TODAY Sports
PHILADELPHIA — Brett Brown knows what a championship team looks like, and the Philadelphia 76ers are most assuredly not that.
He has four years to do something about it.
The longtime San Antonio Spurs assistant was introduced as the Sixers’ eighth head coach in 10 years Wednesday at the Wells Fargo Center, in no small part because of the commitment the organization made in order to pry him off the end of Gregg Popovich’s bench. He wouldn’t have been here otherwise.
“I was not going to take the job without the four years (guaranteed),” Brown said about his contract. “And I am extremely grateful to the owners where they took a step back, and I think it’s a tremendous reflection of what they truly think too. It’s going to take time. They really do have a tolerance. There is a patience. And as much as it was security for myself, I felt like they made a statement to the marketplace that they’re for real. They really do see this being a long-haul type of position. But it was vital to my decision and I’m thrilled that they allowed me to have that duration.”
Brown, 52, has spent his life surrounded by and learning from basketball luminaries, from father Bob Brown, who is enshrined in the New England Sports Hall of Fame, to Rick Pitino at Boston University to all-time Australian great Lindsay Gaze to Popovich. And he has known only winning in the NBA.
Brown has been affiliated with the Spurs for parts of 13 seasons, helping the organization win four NBA championships and nearly snagging a fifth in June before losing to the Miami Heat in seven games. He joined the Spurs as a member of their basketball operations department in 1998, in time for their first championship run and rejoined San Antonio in 2002 as the team’s director of player development. He moved to the bench as an assistant coach before the 2006-07 season, for the team’s fourth title.
The 76ers are nothing like the Spurs.
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