The San Antonio Spurs’ goals for the 2022-23 season are becoming increasingly clear over the last few days. Trading away Dejounte Murray sealed the deal: they are going for Victor Wembenyama. Gregg Popovich is intent on landing the generational prospect, even if it means another losing season.
Amid this critical moment in the Spurs’ future, they have called back an expert in the art of tanking. Brett Brown, Gregg Popovich’s former assistant-turned-Philadelphia 76ers head coach, is returning to Texas for the 2022 season, according to Emiliano Carchia.
Sources are expecting former 76ers head coach Brett Brown reuniting with Gregg Popovich’s staff, filling the spot vacated by Becky Hammon in San Antonio
— Emiliano Carchia (@Carchia) June 30, 2022
Prior to taking the Sixers job, Brett Brown was a long-time assistant of Popovich with the Spurs. He was even part of those legendary teams with Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, and Manu Ginobili! His success with the organization landed him the gig with the Sixers.
Brown’s early years with the 76ers were a far cry from his days with the Spurs. He was well-known as the coach during the infamous ‘Process’ rebuilding years. He found some success once Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons developed, but was never quite able to bring Philly to the same heights as the Spurs organization.
After a two-year hiatus from coaching, it seems Brown is now ready to go back to the grind. It will be a rather familiar situation for Brown, as the Spurs are fully intent on rebuilding this season. After all… they wouldn’t trade their star point guard for a bevy of first-round picks.
Who knows? Maybe once Gregg Popovich calls it a career, Brown will be next in line to take that job.