Hinkie: Sixers haven't settled on Brown as new coach

Brett Brown
Brett Brown
Posted: June 29, 2013

So much for the 76ers having a new coach.

General manager Sam Hinkie denied a New York Daily News report that the Sixers had decided to hire San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Brett Brown.

"Nothing of that substance happened I could tell you," Hinkie said around 1:15 a.m. Friday following Thursday night's NBA draft. "We had a lot of things going on. That was not part of what happened in the last several hours."

Hinkie said he has not formally interviewed anyone for the coaching job vacated on April 18 by Doug Collins.

NBA assistant coaches David Fizdale (Miami Heat), Michael Curry (Sixers), Melvin Hunt (Denver Nuggets), and Rockets assistants Chris Finch and Kelvin Sampson have also been mentioned as potential candidates for the Sixers job.

Curry, who was the associate head coach under Collins, will run the Sixers' Orlando Summer League team from July 7-12.

The Boston Globe reported Friday that Brown is "extremely" interested in coaching the Celtics, according to league sources.

Brown joined the Spurs in July of 2002 as an assistant coach/director of player development. He 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 Australia 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.


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

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