In the slow, drawn out process referred to as the Sixers’ coaching search, there is finally some news. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the Sixers have reached out to and gained permission to interview San Antonio Spurs’ assistant Brett Brown.
Brown reportedly impressed the Denver Nuggets in an interview, and was thought to be a serious contender before the team decided on Brian Shaw.
Philadelphia has some young talent, despite what the 34-48 record indicates. Jrue Holiday and Thaddeus Young have established themselves as capable NBA starters, and Evan Turner still has some potential.
What makes Brown interesting other than the fact that he has been on the bench with one of the best coaches in the history of the game in Gregg Popovich for over a decade is his background as the team’s director of player development.
Despite being just an assistant under Popovich for the past seven years, Brown has head coaching experience on a pretty large stage. He coached 14 season in the Australian National Basketball League, and earned Coach of the Year honors in 1994. Brown racked up a 149-129 record as a head coach in the NBL.
In 2009, he was appointed head coach of the Australian National Team. The team had some success under Brown, earning a bid to the 2012 Olympics.
Dave Joerger recently landed the Memphis Grizzlies job. David Fizdale of the Miami Heat and Melvin Hunt of the Denver Nuggets are the remaining candidates along with Brown on Sam Hinkie’s list thus far. It appears that the new GM is in no hurry though, and it may not be until after the summer league concludes that a coach is named.