The long search appears to have come to an end for the 76ers. A source close to the situation says the team and Brett Brown, a former San Antonio assistant, have reached a 4-year deal in principle.
Brown, 52, spent the past seven seasons as an assistant to Gregg Popovich with the Spurs and was the head coach for the Australian national team for many years, including at the 2012 London Olympics.
“I think this is a great hire for the Sixers,” said Malik Rose, current analyst of Sixers games on Comcast SportsNet and a member of the Spurs when Brown was there. “During a time when the fans of the team feel alienated, Brett is the kind of guy the fans will love. He shoots from the hip, is a gym rat, energetic and is the type of coach players really respond to. He doesn’t sugarcoat things. He tells players what he wants and how he wants it. He knows how to motivate. He’s a great teacher if the game.”
Brown will become the eighth head coach for the organization in the past 11 seasons. The team has been without a head man since Doug Collins stepped down in April 18 following a 34-48 season.