It is the first week of August, the 2013-14 NBA schedule is out and the Philadelphia 76ers are still without a head coach. This leads me to the point about why Brett Brown should be the Philadelphia 76ers new head coach. If you think about it, if the Philadelphia 76ers wanted to hire a head coach, they could have already hired Michael Curry. Curry was a head coach before with the Detroit Pistons and he was an assistant coach on Doug Collins‘ coaching staff for the past three seasons. He was also the head coach for the Sixers’ summer league team in Orlando.
So if the Sixers wanted to hire Curry right away, they had the chance to. With them not hiring Curry right away, it leaves the door wide open for other coaching candidates such as San Antonio Spurs assistant Brett Brown, Atlanta Hawks assistant Kenny Atkinson, Chicago Bulls assistant Adrian Griffin, and Boston Celtics assistant Jay Larranaga. According to CSNPhilly.com’s Dei Lynam, all of these coaching candidates are scheduled to be interviewed for a second time this week in New York.
Out of all these coaching candidates, Brett Brown’s name has been mentioned a lot in connection with the Sixers over the past few months. Many Sixers fans want Brown as the new head coach. Brown has a very interesting coaching resume, but the key thing that stands on his resume is that he has been a part of Gregg Popovich’s coaching staff for several years. Anybody that has been a part of Popovich’s staff has to be good. Brown has been in San Antonio for many years and has helped developed players such as Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker. Don’t forget, too, that Brown helped develop the skills of players such as Kawhi Leonard, Danny Green, and Gary Neal–all players who had a great NBA Finals.
When you talk about the San Antonio Spurs, a common theme with that team is international players. Brett coached in the NBL in Australia and was the head coach of the Australian men’s national basketball team in the 2012 London Olympic Games. With the Australian team, they had a great showing in the Olympics with NBA talent. In the Olympics, Australia finished seventh in the final standings. But in their quarterfinal game, they had to take on the United States and lost admirably, 119-86.
On the Australian men’s national basketball team roster were NBA players such as point guard Patrick Mills, shooting guard Matthew Dellavedova, center Aron Baynes and center David Andersen. Coincidentally, Mills and Baynes play for the San Antonio Spurs and they have actually stuck around on the roster.
So through all of this you are still asking yourself, “Why should Brett Brown be the 76ers new head coach?” He should be the new head coach because this team is young and is in rebuilding mode. They have a rookie point guard in Michael Carter-Williams and a rookie big man in Nerlens Noel with veterans such as Arnett Moultrie, Evan Turner and Thaddeus Young being a part of the young nucleus. He is the right guy for the job because this head coach can take this team to the level where it needs to be. If he is anything like Gregg Popovich, then the 76ers could have their coach for the next decade.