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Reports: Sixers hire Brett Brown as new coach

Aug 12, 2013, 10:52 AM EDT

Brett Brown

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 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.

  1. jcmeyer10 - Aug 12, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    I bet the guarantee was what the hold up was. No coach wants to be the sacrificial lamb, especially for their first gig.

  2. abchome - Aug 12, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    Spurs, the shaolin (少林) for executives and coaches.

    • spursareold - Aug 12, 2013 at 3:42 PM

      Except Lance Blanks. He pretty much sucked in S.A. AND everywhere else he went.

  3. dezglobal - Aug 12, 2013 at 1:32 PM


  4. barkley4life - Aug 12, 2013 at 2:26 PM

    They may have drawn the process out, but they got the coach they wanted locked him into a 4 year deal and have further solidified the direction they are going in. All the nonsense about not having a coach hired was pure bs. This team is not built to win so getting an x and o’s coach made no sense and they need someone who could develop young talent for the future. This guy supposedly made huge strides with Tony Parker his first couple of years in the league and with MCW and Noel on board and throw in next years pick or picks the Sixers plan looks sound. If he can turn Evan Turner around even if its to be part of trade package they will have hit a home run this year.

  5. mp4philly - Aug 12, 2013 at 3:42 PM

    Oh, ok.

  6. spursareold - Aug 12, 2013 at 3:45 PM

    I’m guessing that Jim Boylen will now be Pop’s lead assistant? Unless, of course, SA is still shopping for a coach. They need one more on the bench, since both Brown and Bud left, but strong rumors suggest it will be former Spur Fabricio Oberto.

  7. mungman69 - Aug 12, 2013 at 10:28 PM

    I hope that the Sixers don’t fire him after one or two seasons.

  8. sasquash20 - Aug 14, 2013 at 2:14 AM

    I’ve been waiting for a coach, and finally they hire a guy I actually like. The Sixers finally seem like they get it. After decades of having no clue. But sadly it is for nothing in Philly as this team will be moving in a few seasons. New ownership just bought the NJ Devils and included in the deal is the prudential Center/arena. So it looks like the NJ Sixers. Maybe even the Seattle Sixers. I can’t believe this is going to happen.

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