It has been reported by Sports Illustrated’s Ian Thomsen that the Celtics are reportedly very interested in Spurs longtime assistant Brett Brown to fill their coaching vacancy. For most fans, this is a very new type of feeling because the C’s haven’t needed a new coach in almost ten years. That era is over now. and it’s very important that everyone embraces the changes coming to the franchise, and move forward.
Brett Brown, who is this guy? Most have never heard his name before, especially not when it came to head coaching vacancies. What if someone told you that he had been learning under the great Greg Popovich for the better half of his coaching career? Would that change the minds of all the doubters, and give this man a fighting chance? Let’s take an in-depth look at his coaching career, so that everyone will be able to make a better judgment call at the end of the article on whether they would hire him.
Brett Brown was a fantastic basketball player for South Portland High School, in South Portland, Maine. Brown was head coach of Australia men’s National basketball team. He was an assistant coach for the Melbourne Tigers, Sidney Kings and then eventually came over to the San Antonio Spurs. Some of the awards he has won over the years are: Coach of the Year, NBA Championship team (Spurs), and he did coach the Australian team in London during the 2012 Olympics.
The Celtics are not alone in the race to get Brown to become the team’s next head coach, as the Philadelphia 76ers have let it be known they have interest in the assistant. Brown being from Maine has to help the C’s case though, as he already has ties with the surrounding area. Not only is Brown an experienced coach, he also spent quite a good amount being the Spurs director of player development. This is so crucial for the Celtics, considering that they are about to venture into the rebuilding journey, and he needs to be able to develop young talent, while also recognizing talent.
In the press conference Ainge held earlier this week, he did mention that he was going to take his time with finding a coach. It’s hard for fans to understand this process, but it’s definitely one that needs to be taking seriously, and if it needs to take extra time that’s fine. We don’t play a game until October, so finding a coach at this point isn’t all that important. Ainge should go out and interview numerous candidates (more than likely will), and find the coach that is ready to take the necessary steps to make the Celtics championship contenders yet again.