My reasons for Brett Brown to be hired as a player development
coach or a player development supervisor.
The one unargueable fact is Brett Brown was let go of his head
coaching duties for the Sixers August/24/20. No matter
how one looks at the reason, circumstance, factors in his firing
the fact is there was no momentum to coach for the
Philadelphia 76ers. Personally as I see it it at least
part of the problem as poor player pics. I am not insinuating
Brett Brown is blameless. However a cook is only as
good as his/her ingredients. If he was an assistant coach he would
not need to deal with problematic players.
However the fact is when he was the player development coach for
the San Antonio Spurs He was personally hired by head coach Greg
Popovich. When Brown was in the coaching team that team won
four championships. Spurs head coach Greg (Pop) Popovich
deserves equal credit too. It was Popovich who took a chance
on Brett Brown. Popovich is still the Spurs head
coach. He believes him and Brown worked well together.
Greg Popovich on Brett Brown. “He is the most incredible positive
sort of force. I know he loves the game of basketball.
He is even tempered He loves the process. Lastly there is a
history of loving to develop players.” I think, based on
track record for the San Antonio Spurs and his
experience in developing various Sixers team players he
would be an excellent choice for the following
positions. Player development coach, an assistant coach
that mainly develops players or a supervisor of coach or coaches
that help develop basketball players in what ever team
Brett Brown and San Antonio Spurs Head Coach Gregg Popovich
enjoy a long professional and friendly history. Before Brown
became head coach of the Philadelphia 76ers, Popovich gave him an
assistant coach position. Through this, Brown learned how to
properly develop basletball player talent. So much Brown was
eventually elevated to to be a top assistant
coach. He was at the top of the assisting team
when he left to be head coach of the Philadelphia Sixers.
Pete sawanNBA wrote 2017 the following: “During his time
in San Antonio, Brett Brown had to essentially oversee the talent
on the roster. He primarily worked on making sure some of the
fringe players on the team could come in a compete when necessary.
This role helped Brown understand the value in all players, not
just the stars.” Brett Brown didn’t play favorites.”
Every team member he believed is equally important. Judging
from what Sawan wrote Brown will treat each player on an equal
basis Brown knows how to develop players.
It may not seem like it based on record, but he knows how to get
the most out of his guys. Brown has a history of getting
below-average players to thrive. Hopefully, he can help the
Philadelphia 76ers make that jump. Pete SawanNBA Fansided
Sixers. “Unfortunately Sixers making the jump from contenders
to champions didn’t materialize. One rcause was
so many players were traded”. “The 2019-2020 team was
far from the identical team as the previous 2018-2019
season”. “One reason was this was the fact that
general manager Elton Brand traded many of the
shooters”. To me this was an irresponsible move since the
very essence of scoring is shooting the ball into the
basket. True defense of course is important and
preventing turnovers. At the end of the day its baskets that
win the game. If Brown was a player development
coach for any NBA team he would only be concerned with
the players he would be developing.
Adam Herman wrote for NBC news 8/24/20″ I’d be surprised
if Brown isn’t an assistan coach t in the league next
year.”. My thoughts. Sixers were Brown’s first
and only time as a head coach. I’m not certain if being
an assistant coach for any NBA team including the Spurs
was enough preparation. That said perhaps being an assistant
coach or player development coach this time would give him more
experience in preparing for a second head coach position for
“Air Alamo”’s Dylan Carter wrote an editorial on
that the former Sixers coach should come back to the S.A. Spurs as
a player development coach. Or he should come back \supervising
relevant coaches. In that way he could supervise the PDT
including go getter Becky Hammon. Carter wrote his
report in late August 2020. His other suggestion was Brett
Brown being hired as an assistant coach.
While he was head coach of the Sixers Brown continued with his
player development skills. For example he helped develop the
following team members: Robert Covington, Robert
Covington aka Roco started as a small forward back in 2017. His
playing was dramatically transformed through Brett Brown’s
coaching. The former head coach guided the 6’7″ wing
into being c capable of getting 12.6 points per game.
This was during Covington’s four years time with the Sixers.
Plus shooting 35.9 % from the floor. Brett maximized Roco and
the result is a truly skilled NBA player.TJ. McConnell. He could
effectively manage an offense. He could efficient mid range
shooter and good defense skills. Brett Brown helped to
hone those skills for McConnell. He sharpened
TJ’s limited skills to the benefit of the Sixers team.Michael
Carter Williams says Brown significantly helped him develop as a
Carter-Williams won the NBA
Rookie of the Year Award in 2014,
and credited Brown for helping him win the award and grow as a
I can only discuss these two teams since they are the only NBA
teams he was involved with. It is true he was a coach for X
years for the Australian “Boomers” basketball team.
Reasons for Brett Brown not to be hired as a player development
One can discuss how much of the Sixers not getting into the
finals during Brett’s tenure was due to his coaching or because of
the roster. Or for that matter front office issues. Off hand
I’d say it’s most likely a combination. I do know if he were
the player development coach he wouldn’t need to deal with the
front office decisions in terms of him being a head coach.
- It would be a demotion. Okay this is true.
However he wouldn’t need to be concerned about front office
decisions of trading shooters. He wouldn’t be affected by the
decisions of the management, especially any general manager.
He would only be dealing with developing the basketball skills of
new players. This is a talent that’s proven to show in
two professional NBA teams. His track record in developing
NBA players prove that he can and has develop talent in the
past. If given the opportunity it looks like he will
prove he can develop NBA players in the future. His past is
in this regard is prologue to the future
2 There would be a cut in salary. To me this is the
least of the reasons. As the Sixers head coach his salary was two
million yearly When he was removed as head coach of the
Philadelphia PA Sixers, the front office in order to break his
contract needed to pay him ten million dollars. It looks to
me he doesn’t need to worry about money.
To reiterate Brett Brown is an experienced and proven developer
of budding NBA players. It would be much less pressure
than being a head coach. He wouldn’t need to deal with
the hassles of a front office.
Certainly the most cogent factor is the following. Is
there a player development coach position or related supervisory
position. If there is one would he be willing to take
it . I completely realize its his decision The
ball is in his court.