The Denver Nuggets look like they have brought in an underrated candidate for an interview to be their next head coach. San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Brett Brown was said to have interviewed for the Nuggets’ coaching vacancy within the past 24 hours, according to Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski:
“Brown traveled to Denver and met with Nuggets CEO Josh Kroenke and general manager Tim Connelly on Sunday night.
“Melvin Hunt, who was part of George Karl’s coaching staff, was also interviewed for the job, sources said. He’s considered a future head coach in the league.
“Brown was the fifth candidate to meet with the Nuggets after Hunt, Lionel Hollins, Brian Shaw and Vinny Del Negro.”
This could potentially be a great hire for the Nuggets, or for any team that winds up hiring him for that matter. Brown has been an assistant coach to Gregg Popovich for seven years now. Prior to that gig, he was with the Spurs for five years as their player development coach.
Having those two roles under a coach like Popovich definitely prepared him for a future coaching job. Whether that happens now or in the near future is left up to teams to decide now.
I can say this much: Brown would be a much better candidate than Del Negro. Hollins, Shaw and Hunt are solid options as well. But, having Brown in mind as a backup plan — at least at this moment — is a smart idea.
Could Brown become a front-runner? I don’t see why not. Spending so long with the dynasty that is the Spurs and coach Popovich will do him wonders for his future coaching career. For now, though, he is just another candidate.