June 26, 2016 |
The two senior starters who led Villanova to the national championship didn't have to wait very long after the NBA draft to find work in the league. Guard Ryan Arcidiacono confirmed Friday he has agreed to terms with the San Antonio Spurs. According to a few reports and a tweet from Wildcats coach Jay Wright, center Daniel Ochefu will be joining the Washington Wizards. The San Antonio Express-News reported that Arcidiacono, who was named most outstanding player of the Final Four, will sign a two-year deal that is partially guaranteed with the Spurs.
April 14, 2016 |
TORONTO - Even though there's new leadership at the top, the 76ers don't plan to revamp their strategy. "Nothing is going to change," Sixers coach Brett Brown said Tuesday morning as the team prepared for the game against the Toronto Raptors at Air Canada Centre. "There's not anything that I can point to conceptually, philosophically that's going to change. We just hope to do it harder, better, longer. " The Sixers' offense is based heavily on the analytics of shooting mostly threes and layups.
December 24, 2015 |
WHEN BRETT BROWN gets a dose of what his professional life in basketball used to be like, he gets a little more philosophical about the game and how it should be played. Brown spent Monday night watching his former team, the San Antonio Spurs, dismantle the visiting Indiana Pacers by 106-92. In the process the Spurs improved to 24-5, including 16-0 at home. It was also the 21st time this season they've won by double figures. The pass is king in Gregg Popovich's offense, where good shots need to become great ones with the extra pass.
January 15, 2015 |
ATLANTA HAWKS coach Bud Budenholzer could only roll his eyes and shrug his shoulders when he heard the question yet again about how his team tries to emulate the system of the San Antonio Spurs. It's a fair, and obvious question, as the Hawks have elevated themselves to Eastern Conference elite status and have done it with the type of play Budenholzer witnessed as an assistant for 17 years under Gregg Popovich - good ball movement, unselfish play and a desire to make good things great.
January 9, 2015 |
SOMETIMES you get the feeling Brett Brown would love to get that phone call at an ungodly hour. You wonder how much he would rather be able to concentrate on elbow placement, follow-throughs and footwork. Those were the old days of the NBA, when he was with the San Antonio Spurs, first as director of player development. Steve Kerr, Bruce Bowen, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker, to name a few, would call the always energized Brown at all hours, looking to put in some extra time at the team's extravagant practice facility.
December 3, 2014 |
The team at the top of the mountain showed up at the Wells Fargo Center Monday night to play the team digging a hole so deep that it may eventually reach the planet's inner core. Fortunately for the coach of the team digging the historic hole, the man in charge of the team at the top of the mountain is one of his best friends. If nothing else, the coach of the woebegone winless basketball team from Philadelphia was going to get some quality time with his mountaintop mentor before the evening's proceedings began and another game was added to the 76ers' loss column.
November 18, 2014 |
SAN ANTONIO - The memories really began to stir in Brett Brown's head as he took his afternoon jog around the Riverwalk in the downtown where he was an assistant coach for 12 years. Four of those seasons ended with Brown riding in a boat along the Riverwalk as hundreds of thousands of fans cheered their newly crowned NBA champions. The San Antonio Spurs faithful got to do it again after last season, but Brown was knee-deep in preparing for his second season as the 76ers head coach.
October 30, 2014 |
ON THE MORNING of games, NBA teams will hold about an hourlong shootaround to prepare for that night's contest. It is more to get the bodies moving than anything else, perhaps work up a little sweat and go over the different schemes that have been put in place for the game. After a recent shootaround, before the last preseason game in Detroit, Brett Brown wandered over to the media gathered at the high school gym and couldn't contain himself. He excitedly talked about the current state of the organization, not an easy task when you looked at the talent on the court behind him. He was brutally honest in talking about the future and how far down the road the sunny skies are. He drifted back, as he often does, to how things were run during the mind-boggling success he experienced during his 12 years with the San Antonio Spurs, his voice rising as one story drifted to another.
October 17, 2014 |
LIKE MANY basketball fans his age, 76ers rookie K.J. McDaniels grew up watching the San Antonio Spurs flirt with dominance in the NBA year in and year out. The 21-year-old admired the obvious stars, such as David Robinson, Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili. He probably focused a little less on the team's defensive stopper and surely never paid much attention to the wild-eyed, hyper assistant coach. But Bruce Bowen and Brett Brown probably will figure prominently in the career of Daniels, whom the Sixers selected in June with the 32nd overall pick.
June 18, 2014 |
'MONEY-MAKING time. " That is what Brett Brown calls this offseason, his first full one as the Sixers' head coach. He doesn't mean that he is going to make some extra cash on top of his 4-year, multimillion-dollar salary. What he is saying is that in order for this organization to rebuild to where it wants to be, the work done away from the gym is just as important as the sweat that is dropped in it. Last month the Sixers learned they had the third and 10th overall draft picks, to go along with the five second-round selections they already had. Since then, Brown has been quite busy, spending some time with his family in San Antonio (they will be moving here shortly)