Brett Brown spent the last 11 seasons as a San Antonio Spurs assistant before taking the 76ers head coaching job in August.
"That's my benchmark," Brown said of the Spurs. "That's my background."
The rookie head coach's past and present will meet at 7 Monday night when his Sixers (4-3) host the Spurs (6-1) at the Wells Fargo Center.
One can only imagine what the pregame conversation between Brown and Spurs coach Gregg Popovich will be like. Popovich has to be proud of his former assistant and close friend's accomplishment.
Under Brown's leadership, the Sixers are one of the NBA's early-season surprise stories. Considered among the NBA's worst teams, they are in first place in the Atlantic Division.