As usual, Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski dropped an NBA bomb on Friday afternoon, and this time, it was to shed light on a long-awaited head coaching hire in the NBA.
Philadelphia has offered its head coaching job to Spurs assistant Brett Brown and the sides are discussing contract, league sources tell Y!
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) August 9, 2013
While that is far from a “sign, sealed, delivered” announcement, it seems that the Sixers have found their man. Brett Brown has been a longtime staple on the bench next to the legendary Gregg Popovich, as he’s been an assistant for the past 7 years, and he joined the organization in 2001. It is the 2nd assistant coach to leave San Antonio in favor of a head coaching job this summer, as Mike Budenholzer has been captaining the ship for the Atlanta Hawks since before the NBA Draft.
As far as Philly is concerned, this move would put an end to a long wait for a new leader. Though we knew who the finalists were for the job (Brown, along with Chicago’s Adrian Griffin, Atlanta’s Kenny Atkinson, and Boston’s Jay Larranaga), it had become almost ridiculous to not have a head coach into August. The Sixers don’t have any plans to win this season (an understatement), so this roster will be given the opportunity to grow with their new head man.
Brown has head coaching experience under his wing as the leading man for the Australian national team, and it is really the best of both worlds for the Sixers. I love the move, and the future (although distant) looks bright in Philly.