According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo!Sports.com, San Antonio Spurs assistant Brett Brown is now a “serious candidate” to fill the Nuggets’ current head-coaching vacancy. Brown reportedly traveled to Denver on Sunday night to meet with Josh Kroenke and new general manager Tim Connelly. In a different report Wojnarowski claims Kroenke was prepared to offer Doc Rivers an annual salary of $7 million had agreed to coach the Nuggets. So much for the cheap ownership narrative.
Brown has been around basketball his entire life. His father was a coach and is currently enshrined in the New England Basketball Hall of Fame. Brown played college ball at Boston University under Rick Pitino and went on to have a robust coaching career in Australia’s National Basketball League where he ranks sixth all time in wins. Brown also coached the Australian men’s basketball team at the 2012 summer Olympics. He has been the Spurs’ player development coach for the last seven years and was considered Gregg Popovich’s top candidate to replace Mike Budenholzer as lead assistant this year.
It’s worth noting that Brown is thought to be a defensive-minded coach. Both Pitino and Popovich are two of the top defensive coaches in modern-day basketball and Brown played or coached under both. The video below (which, by the way, I HIGHLY advise you take the time to watch) offers an insightful glimpse into the type of coach, and person, Brown is. In it, he claims, “My emphasis has been defense over the years.” This is just what Nuggets fans needed to hear after the recent Vinny Del Negro developments.