Report: Spurs assistant in the lead for Nuggets’ head coaching position?

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo!, 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.

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Kalen was born in Durango, CO, in 1988 and graduated from Metropolitan State University of Denver in 2013 with a degree in journalism. He's now an itinerant hoping to travel as much as possible before eventually succumbing to the "real world." Aside from writing Kalen likes movies, music, spicy food and the great outdoors. Edward Abbey is his current idol.

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  • LBJ

    “Offering” a deal that you know will be rejected (perhaps to refute the cheap ownership narrative) doesn’t prove squat.
    Let’s see what happens when Joshy boy has to commit real money…

    • sherlock

      Bingo…if they do this and hire VDN I’ll puke. And then promptly no longer care what the Nuggets do for quite some time.

  • Vince

    For the individuals that took the time to watch the video about Coach Brown’s Cutthroat defensive drill you can definitely tell what kind of coach he is. If the Spurs would have taken Coach Brown’s advice of not giving up the 3rd highest percentage shot in the NBA (the corner three) they might have been able to stop Ray Allen from making the game tying shot in Game 6 and could have dethroned the eventual champion’s the Miami Heat.

  • Alex

    if they hire this guy over Hollins you is a defense minded coach and has proven he can make it. I quit because this would jut be josh decision to get some one cheap to fill the coaching position.

  • Josh Chin

    As mentioned above, Kronke was prepared to offer… He always seems to be “ready” to do things like with Masai but never pulls through or is too hesitant. For an owner I understand that you’re playing with big money but if you snooze you lose. I really like the idea of the Spurs Assistant becoming our HC. He was also the player development department too which means he could handle to rookies and raw guys like Javal, Faried, and Fournier

  • Greg Martino

    I’ve never heard of this guy and I know he’s inexperienced… But I really enjoyed the authority he demanded and the importance he places on defense-exactly the type of energy and enthusiasm the Nuggets need

  • Christopher Reinhard

    I like it, I like it. Mostly good names on the short list now…aside from VDN, but you have to believe he was only considered because Josh and Tim needed someone to lighten the mood and give them a laugh at Pepsi Center for a couple hours.

  • D3Ntilthe3ND

    Anyone from that Spurs coaching staff is okay in my book.

    I’d be even happier with the guy that coached the rising stars team that manimal was on. They KILLED the team with Irving & Lillard & Thompson & Barnes because of good coaching.

    Anyone but Vinny.

  • ryanvdonk

    i don’t think andre miller has ever seen “phase 5”

  • D3Ntilthe3ND

    It’s Brian Shaw reportedly

  • Fraser Nixon

    Brian Shaw got it, great news!