Former Coach Returns As Spurs Assistant Under Gregg Popovich

Former Philadelphia 76ers head coach Brett Brown has returned to the San Antonio Spurs as an assistant under 5-time champion coach Gregg Popovich, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

Brown reunites with the Spurs after serving as an assistant with the organization from 2007 to 2013. 

After that, he landed his first head coaching job, joining Philadelphia in 2013. The 61-year-old mentored the Sixers through their darkest days, where they won just 47 of 286 games (including 10 in the 2015-16 season) in three years.

Likewise, Brown led the franchise back to prominence in the latter half of the decade. Under Brown's watch, the Sixers had two 50-plus win seasons and made three straight postseason appearances, including two in the Eastern Conference semi-finals.

The long-time NBA coach returns to a Spurs franchise that is seemingly headed for a tank in 2022-23. San Antonio traded All-Star guard Dejounte Murray to the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday. In exchange, they received three first-round picks, a pick swap, and veteran forward Danilo Gallinari.

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