76ers to interview Brett Brown for head coaching position

Spurs assistant coach Brett Brown (right) with Tony Parker. According to reports, the 76ers asked for and received permission to interview him for their head coaching job.
Spurs assistant coach Brett Brown (right) with Tony Parker. According to reports, the 76ers asked for and received permission to interview him for their head coaching job. (AP)
Posted: June 26, 2013

It's been two months since the 76ers ended the season with a disappointing 34-48 record.

And while some fans are still upset about how the season played out, many are ready to move on and are looking forward to the moves the team will make over the next few months.

Monday was confirmation of just how determined the Sixers are to change their ways.

In pursuit of a coach used to battling for NBA titles, they asked for and received permission to interview San Antonio Spurs assistant Brett Brown, according to Yahoo Sports.

It is unclear when Sixers general manager Sam Hinkie will meet with Brown. The team did not did not confirm the report.

Also on Monday, after intially refusing to comment, the Sixers denied reports that they fired chief executive officer Adam Aron.

"We normally don't comment on rumors," Sixers director of public relations Mike Preston said Monday night. "But we are making an exception. Adam Aron is still CEO of the Sixers."

But the team is widely expected to undergo multiple major changes.

Doug Collins resigned as head coach to become a team consultant on April 18. Another organizational change came May 14, when Sam Hinkie was introduced as the new general manager and president of basketball operations. The former Houston Rockets executive replaced former Sixers general manager Tony DiLeo, who was let go in the final months of his contract.

The team has a first-round pick (11th overall) and two second-round picks (35th and 42d) in Thursday's NBA draft.

On July 1, Andrew Bynum, who has never played for the Sixers, Damien Wilkins, Nick Young, Dorell Wright, Royal Ivey, and Kwame Brown will become unrestricted free agents. Charlie Jenkins will be a restricted free agent. Kwame Brown, who has a player option, will probably decide to return next season.

The Sixers aren't the only team interested in Brett Brown, who grew up in Maine. He is a strong candidate for the Denver Nuggets coaching job and interviewed for the position on Sunday. The Nuggets are expected to make their coaching decision this week.

Brown has been with the Spurs since July 2002 and moved to the bench as an assistant coach before the start of the 2006-07 season. The Spurs lost in seven games to the Miami Heat in this season's NBA Finals. However, San Antonio did win three league titles during his tenure with the team.

Prior to the Spurs, he coached 14 seasons - nine as a head coach - in the Australasia National Basketball League.

Brown led the Aussies to a seventh-place finish in the 2012 London Olympic Games. He played college basketball for Rick Pitino at Boston University from 1980-83 and was the team's most valuable player in 1981.

Assistants David Fizdale (Heat), Michael Curry (Sixers), Melvin Hunt (Nuggets), and Rockets assistants Chris Finch and Kelvin Sampson are other reported potential candidates for the Sixers job.

In addition to being the team's CEO, Aron has an ownership stake in the team.

Howard Eskin of Fox 29 tweeted Monday afternoon that Aron was let go by the Sixers. Before the Sixers commented late in the day, a league source confirmed to The Inquirer that Eskin's report was correct.

The Sixers had refused to comment on Aron's status early Monday afternoon.

Three days ago, New York Daily News writer Frank Isola tweeted that former Madison Square Garden president Scott O'Neil was close to getting an executive position with the Sixers.

There were reports on May 14 that Aron's responsibilities were changing. The Sixers denied it. Aron is not involved in the franchise's basketball operations, but has been active in marketing.


Contact Keith Pompey at kpompey@phillynews.com Follow him on Twitter @PompeyOnSixers.

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