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Villanova assistant Billy Lange has agreed to terms to join the 76ers coaching staff, according to a league source. Lange joins Chad Iske (formerly of the Denver Nuggets), Lloyd Pierce (Memphis Grizzlies), and Greg Foster (University of Texas at El Paso) on new coach Brett Brown's staff. Lange, a Haddon Heights native and Bishop Eustace product, has served as the Wildcats' associate head coach the last two seasons. Before his second assistant-coaching stint at Villanova, the 41-year-old was Navy's head coach for seven seasons. Philadelphia Inquirer

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You remember that Hawks assistants Quin Snyder and Kenny Atkinson were granted permission to interview for the head coach position with the Sixers. The job was filled by Spurs assistant Brett Brown in August. I’m told that Snyder withdrew his name from consideration. Atkinson did interview for the position before Brown was hired. Atlanta Journal-Constitution

September 9, 2013 Updates

You remember that Hawks assistants Quin Snyder and Kenny Atkinson were granted permission to interview for the head coach position with the Sixers. The job was filled by Spurs assistant Brett Brown in August. I’m told that Snyder withdrew his name from consideration. Atkinson did interview for the position before Brown was hired. Atlanta Journal-Constitution

September 3, 2013 Updates

Hinkie believes a byproduct of having a new coach in noted player developer Brett Brown, who succeeds Doug Collins after Collins’ three years in Philadelphia, and a new system is that there are no preconceived notions about what guys can do and who ends up in Brown’s regular rotation. “Everyone starts with a blank slate,” he said. “That’s refreshing in a lot of ways. It’s less what you’ve done and more: what can you do from here? I think all of our players will sense an opportunity to play, show what they can do and expand their game one way or another. It’s important for the future of the Sixers and their own careers.” The Intelligencer

August 30, 2013 Updates

Q: The coaching search lasted longer than many expected, perhaps even you. Was part of the delay due to the fact that there may have been some candidates who weren't willing to oversee a total rehaul? Sam Hinkie: I would say things largely progressed as I would have anticipated. Finding the right guy was always the priority, and when we did in Brett Brown we moved forward. Our first interviews were in Las Vegas in mid-July when I went out there for the summer league, just after the Orlando Summer League. It was a solid week of interviews. Then there were a few more to follow and then some more. I was focused immensely on finding who was the best fit for what we were looking to do. Philadelphia Inquirer

Q: You don't have an assistant GM, and longtime NBA guys like Doug Collins and Rod Thorn and Tony DiLeo are now gone. Before you hired Brett Brown, who are some of the people who were helping with personnel decisions? A: We have a talented staff that's been working real hard, behind the scenes, that people don't see. Courtney Witte is our director of player personnel and we have scouts and we are taking note of things we've done personnel-wise. We will continue to look for organization people and we want ones that make good decisions. Philadelphia Inquirer

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Brett Brown knows what a championship team looks like, and the Philadelphia 76ers are most assuredly not that. He has four years to do something about it. The longtime San Antonio Spurs assistant was introduced as the Sixers' eighth head coach in 10 years Wednesday at the Wells Fargo Center, in no small part because of the commitment the organization made in order to pry him off the end of Gregg Popovich's bench. He wouldn't have been here otherwise. "I was not going to take the job without the four years (guaranteed)," Brown said about his contract. "And I am extremely grateful to the owners where they took a step back, and I think it's a tremendous reflection of what they truly think too. It's going to take time. They really do have a tolerance. There is a patience. And as much as it was security for myself, I felt like they made a statement to the marketplace that they're for real. They really do see this being a long-haul type of position. But it was vital to my decision and I'm thrilled that they allowed me to have that duration." USA Today Sports

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