Aug 12, 2013, 10:52 AM EDT
A coaching search more drawn out than the “How I Met Your Mother” payoff is finally over.
Not all Brett Brown’s friends wanted him to take the 76ers job, but there are only 30 NBA head coaching gigs out there and when you offered one you have to be careful about turning it down.
Brown, an assistant with the Spurs, has accepted the job as the Sixers head coach, something first reported by Ian Thompson of Sports Illustrated and has been confirmed by Dei Lynam of CSNPhilly.com. We had told you a couple days ago the offer had been made by new Sixers GM Sam Hinkie; the question is would he accept it.
He will, and this is a four-year guaranteed deal, according to the reports. That is key here — the Sixers are going to be terrible for a couple seasons as they rebuild through the draft and clear cap space. They are going to lose 60 games or so next season and that is often a coach killer. Four years means they are committed to the process (which matters to a franchise that has had eight head coaches in the last 11 years).
Brown was going to be Gregg Popovich’s lead assistant, he also was the head coach of the Australian national team and was a head coach over there for years before joining the Spurs.
What he brings is player development as a strength, something the Sixers will need as they enter a serious rebuilding mode. He tends to be positive and bring a lot of energy to his practices.
Popovich and the Spurs have lost their two lead assistants this summer — Mike Budenholzer to the Hawks and now Brown to the Sixers. Probably much like on the player side, guys will just step up and you won’t even notice a difference.