Brett Brown Rumors
Philadelphia 76ers General Manager Elton Brand announced today that Ime Udoka and Joseph Blair have joined the team as assistant coaches. “I am excited and proud to welcome Ime and Joseph to our program,” said 76ers Head Coach Brett Brown. “The depth of basketball knowledge and experience that each brings to our bench will be integral in furthering the success we have enjoyed over the last two seasons.”
“We are definitely looking for some players that can compete for a spot in our top eight right now,” Brand said. “[It] starts with a specific skill that [Brett Brown] can look down the bench and say, ‘Alright, I need defense, I trust him. Oh, I need some shotmaking, the defense might not be there, something else may not be there, but I know I can get this from this rookie.'”
Udoka, the now-former Spurs assistant coach, agreed to deal last week with the Philadelphia 76ers to become the lead assistant under Brett Brown, another former assistant under Spurs coach Gregg Popovich. League sources tell The Athletic the deal is for three years and will make Udoka one of the highest paid assistants in the NBA. But the money doesn’t matter that much to Udoka. This move was about growth and gaining more experience in preparation of becoming an NBA head coach in the coming years.
Jabari Young: With Taylor Jenkins being hired by #Grizzlies .. that is 9 coaches (Kerr, Gentry, Doc, Brett, Bud, Jim, James and Monty) that are currently head coaches in the #NBA that has been coached, played for, or a part of Gregg Popovich’s staff as a video coordinator … #Spurs
Adrian Wojnarowski: Avery Johnson is interviewing for a job on Brett Brown’s staff with the 76ers, league sources tell ESPN. Johnson has previously been a head coach with Alabama, the Nets and Mavericks.
But 76ers managing partner Joshua Harris put that speculation to rest last night, when he informed ESPN that Brown would return next season. It was the first key decision in a summer destined to be full of them. At a press conference Tuesday morning, Harris confirmed the report at the Sixers’ training facility in Camden. “Brett’s job was never in jeopardy,” Harris said. “Once the playoffs ended, it made sense to just put (the speculation) to rest and move on.” Brown added some levity to the moment. “This is my sixth year in Philadelphia. I have been fired every one of these years,” Brown joked. “Every single one of these years, somebody has me not coming back, and it will happen again next year, early. This is just the way it works in my industry, in this city.”