While the Philadelphia 76ers have made it clear over the course of the 2013 NBA off-season that they are planning to tank this season. They brought in a new general manager in Sam Hinkie, traded away their lone All-Star in Jrue Holiday and haven’t made any free-agent signings that really matter. It’s more than apparent that the 76ers are going full rebuild this year.
However, after firing Doug Collins from his post as the head coach in Philly, the Sixers have moved quite slowly in terms of finding their next head coach. Now it seems like they may have found their guy, though, as they have offered San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Brett Brown the job.
Offering Brown the job obviously isn’t a sure-fire sign that he’s going to accept it, but there seem to be indications that Brown will be taking the job. According to ESPN’s Marc Stein, the Spurs are preparing to not have Brown back as an assistant for the 2013-2014 NBA season, which seems like a pretty clear indication that he’s going to take the Sixers job.
Landing Brown would be huge for the Sixers, even if it is hard to get excited about hiring an assistant coach. Brown has spent the last 11 years working in San Antonio, seven of them as an assistant learning under Gregg Popovich. One of the staples of Popovich is being able to maximize the potential of his teams and developing young players. For this Sixers team, they need a guy who is able to do those things, which Brown should have learned to do while studying under Pop.
It’s doubtful that landing Brown as their head coach will get the 76ers excited. After all, this team is going to be unbelievably bad this year. However, for their future, Brown seems like he could be the right coach for the job.