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Brown Hire Extends Spurs Coaching Tree
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On August 16, 2013 @ 6:41 am In Headlines,NBA Headlines | No Comments
Spurs general manager R.C. Buford had just finished his afternoon yoga class, and work was already encroaching on his hard-earned serenity.
“I have to find a coach,” he said, referring to the vacancy former assistant Brett Brown left to become the head coach in Philadelphia.
Brown’s poaching brings to four the number of former Spurs assistants now leading franchises of their own: him, Mike Budenholzer (Atlanta), Jacque Vaughn (Orlando) and Mike Brown (Cleveland). Include former coaching intern Monty Williams (New Orleans), and it’s five. (In addition, Doc Rivers, Vinny Del Negro and Avery Johnson all played for head coach Gregg Popovich.)
The Spurs’ influence is even greater in the front office, where six general managers claim Spurs ties: Dell Demps (New Orleans), Danny Ferry (Atlanta), Rob Hennigan (Orlando), Dennis Lindsey (Utah), Sam Presti (Oklahoma City) and Kevin Pritchard (Indiana).
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