The Philadelphia 76ers ended their almost four-month search for a coach, hiring San Antonio Spurs’ assistant Brett Brown to lead the team through a rebuilding process.
Brown was introduced yesterday as the successor to Doug Collins, who quit in April after three seasons with the 76ers. Contract terms weren’t disclosed in a news release announcing Brown’s hiring. His deal is for four years, according to SI.com.
“Brett brings a positive energy that’s sort of infectious, and that becomes clear to anyone who meets him,” Sam Hinkie, the team’s new general manager, said at a news conference carried on the 76ers’ website. “He has a lot of experience in player development. There are a lot of coaches that have that, though few who bring the passion that he does.”
Brown, a native of Maine who coached the Australian Olympic team in 2012, has been on the Spurs’ bench since the 2006-07 National Basketball Association season after serving as San Antonio’s director of player development for the previous five seasons. He joined the franchise in 2002 following a 14-year stint coaching in the Australian National Basketball League.
Brown said he hopes to help teach fundamental basketball even though the Sixers are rebuilding after a 34-48 season.
“It is going to be, at times, painful,” Brown said. “The group that we ultimately will inch along with -- and Sam’s going to be experimenting with some things so that we end up with the types of people that we have here in a three- or four-year time frame -- is the prize at the end of the tunnel.”
Philadelphia didn’t have a coach in place when it shuffled its roster through the NBA draft. All-Star guard Jrue Holiday was traded to the New Orleans Pelicans for the rights to center Nerlens Noel, who had been selected with the No. 6 pick out of the University of Kentucky. Noel tore a ligament in his knee during his only season in college basketball.
In May the 76ers hired Hinkie, who had been with the Houston Rockets, to be president and general manager. Former Madison Square Garden Sports President Scott O’Neil became the team’s chief executive officer last month.