espn – “We went through an exhaustive search to find the right head coach for our organization, one who had a passion for developing talent, a strong work ethic to help create the kind of culture we hope for, and a desire to continually improve,” general manager Sam Hinkie said. “Brett has all of that. He also has a wealth of experience as a head coach and a championship pedigree, to boot. We are delighted to welcome him as our coach, and I am invigorated for the two of us to roll up our sleeves and get to work.” The 52-year-old Brown was part of three NBA title teams with San Antonio as an assistant and won another with the Spurs when he served in the basketball operations department in 1998-99. He left after that season to become the head coach of the Sydney Kings of the Australian National Basketball League, but rejoined the Spurs in 2002 as the team’s assistant coach/director of player development and was moved to the bench as an assistant under Gregg Popovich in 2006. Brown also coached the Australian men’s national team from 2009-12, and played a key role in helping Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker develop into All-Stars with the Spurs. “If I was going to leave a situation like San Antonio, it better be for the right one,” Brown said. “It’s a privilege to be here.”
Brett Brown – “Can you imagine if we can get this thing right? Really. If we can get this right with the culture and the history that this city has and the pride and the toughness that this city has, that is very luring. It’s tempting and there were times that I wasn’t sure, based on what I had, if I wanted to chance it and I think this is a very high, calculated chance. I think the risk, reward here – and I’m grateful that they have selected me – tilts far on the side that at this stage, are you kidding me? There are so many coaches that would want this opportunity. It’s dangerous, rebuild is always a hard thing, but I feel just thrilled to be here.”
Love every bit of this. Don’t even care that Brett Brown sounds like hes been gargling baked beans and chowda his entire life. The man sounded smart, calculating, and best of all honest when he spoke of the idea of building upon the Sixers legacy. With high draft picks and their cap room it can happen within 2-3 years, and it’s apparent in his voice (and the fact that he accepted the job of tanking this season) that he wants it as badly as we do.
Brett Brown is an excellent hire because:
A) He has a proven track record of finding international talent.
B) He has studied under one of the best coaches in league history.
C) He is willing to tank this season so the team has a chance at Andrew Wiggins.
None of us should want Nerlens Noel to play a single minute. Losing is the new winning. Gotta think long term.