Conflicting Reports on Brett Brown's Hire as Philadelphia 76ers Head Coach

Tim KeeneyContributor IJune 27, 2013

The Philadelphia 76ers' search for a head coach is still not official, despite earlier reports stating that San Antonio Spurs assistant Brett Brown was given the job.  


UPDATE: Friday, June 28, at 1 a.m. ET by Ian Hanford

According to Express-News reporter Dan McCarney, Brown isn't the new 76ers coach just yet:

Spurs assistant coach Brett Brown has yet to interview for the Sixers head coaching job, let alone take it, according to sources familiar with the situation.

The New York Daily News reported that Brown had accepted the job earlier on Thursday.

Spurs general manager R.C. Buford declined to comment specifically but described the news as premature.

“I would leave it to the 76ers or Brett to comment,” he said. “To the best of my knowledge, I think people are jumping the gun on the process. But again, I’m not either the 76ers or Brett.”

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*Original Text*

According to Mitch Lawrence of the New York Daily News, the Sixers will replace Doug Collins with Spurs assistant coach Brett Brown.

Brown has spent the last 12 years under Gregg Popovich in San Antonio.

After five years working in player development, Brown began working on the San Antonio bench at the start of the 2006-07 season.

Although he doesn't have any NBA head coaching experience, he has spent several years as a head coach in Australia and led the Australian national team to a seventh-place finish at the 2012 Olympics in London. 

According to Lawrence's report, Brown was considered for the Boston Celtics and Denver Nuggets' jobs. 

Earlier on Thursday, the team traded away superstar point guard Jrue Holiday and the No. 42 pick to the New Orleans Pelicans for No. 6 pick Nerlens Noel and a first-round selection in what should be a stacked 2014 draft.