Brett Brown Rumors
Noah Levick: Shake Milton isn’t sure how he’d compare Brett Brown and Doc Rivers but said both coaches are “great.” “Coach Rivers, he gives me a little freedom, lets me play. He’s on me, he teaches. It’s been fun, I’ve learned a lot. I’m glad I’m in a spot where I can continue to grow.”
In the middle of October, Brett Brown stepped down as head coach of the Australian Boomers, leaving a gaping hole less than 12 months out from the now-postponed Tokyo Olympics. Basketball Australia’s preference is a man who held the position before, Brian Goorjian, sources told ESPN, but the selection process remains an arduous one because of the stakeholders involved — namely the Boomers’ NBA core, which includes Baynes.
Brett Brown won’t coach the Boomers at next year’s rescheduled Olympics if they go ahead, the former Philadelphia 76ers’ mentor saying he can’t commit due to uncertainty around his professional future. Former Boomers coach Brown had been roped for an Olympic cameo to replace Andrej Lemanis, who stood down after the side narrowly missed a medal at last year’s World Cup.
It was hoped Brown’s connection with Australia’s impressive list of NBA products would be the missing link to lead them to a maiden medal at the 2020 Tokyo Games. The coronavirus pandemic intervened though, the Games now slated for 2021 and Brown since losing his job at the NBA franchise headed by Australia’s star man Ben Simmons, who had indicated his desire to play in 2020.
Olgun Uluc: Brown on his decision to step down as Boomers head coach: “The uncertainties around the direction of my professional future unfortunately mean that I cannot commit to the time and preparation that this job deserves and requires.”
On NBC Sports Philadelphia’s telecasts, though, Brett Brown’s replacement will still be known as Glenn Rivers. He thinks that’s the way it should be. “I’m Glenn with you and I’m fine with that, because I actually agree with that,” Rivers said Monday in an interview with longtime broadcaster Marc Zumoff, who’s always referred to the 58-year-old by his birth name. “There’s only one Doc in town.”