Sixers hire Brett Brown as new head coach

The Philadelphia 76ers have hired Brett Brown as their new head coach.

The Sixers have hired the former San Antonio Spurs assistant who, according to Sports Illustrated, will receive a four-year guaranteed contract. While reports leaked over the weekend that Brown was the possible hire, official word came down Monday that the 52-year-old had accepted the position.

Last week, Brown, Boston Celtics assistant Jay Larranaga, Chicago Bulls assistant Adrian Griffin, and Atlanta Hawks assistant Kenny Atkinson were all in New York for second interviews with Sixers management. Brown, however, was the team’s coveted choice since Doug Collins’s departure last April, The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

Brown certainly has his work cut out for him. Last year, the team finished with a dismal 34-48 record and this coming season will start the rebuilding process.

In June, Philadelphia traded All-Star point guard Jrue Holiday for the rights to rookie center Nerlens Noel in a deal with the Pelicans that includes their first round pick in 2014. They also acquired Royce White, the rights to Turkish star Furkan Aldemir and claimed two former Rockets, guard James Anderson and center Tim Ohlbrecht, off waivers.

After his success in San Antonio under head coach Gregg Popovich the last seven seasons, Brown is expected to bring a winning attitude to the Sixers organization.

Before joining the Spurs staff, he coached 14 seasons in the Australia National Basketball League. Last summer, he led the Aussies’ national team to a seventh-place finish in the London Olympics.

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