As the Greg Oden waiting game finally came to an end this past weekend, the new waiting game, in connection with the San Antonio Spurs, revolves around their current assistant coach Brett Brown.
Since draft night, Brown has been involved in numerous rumors as a front-runner to land the vacant head coaching job of the Philadelphia 76ers and on Monday afternoon, Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski revealed Brown along with four other candidates will have interviews with the 76ers' brass sometime this week in New York.
Four assistant coaches – Atlanta's Kenny Atkinson, San Antonio's Brett Brown, Chicago's Adrian Griffin and Boston's Jay Larranaga – are scheduled to meet with, Sixers managing partners Josh Harris and David Blitzer, among other team officials, sources told Yahoo! Sports.
As it's been stated in the past, with Mike Budenholzer heading to Atlanta to coach the Hawks, Brown is now the longest tenured coach under Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich on the Spurs' bench. Alongside Brown, Ime Udoka and Jim Boylen will also be sitting by Popovich in the coming season.
As Wojnarowski writes, the reason why selecting a coach has taken so long for Philadelphia is because the 76ers want to be assured they'll have a coach who is ready to win in the future and beyond, not with the roster presently assembled and season to come.
It's been a long time since the 76ers and "good management" have been in the same sentence. I don't have a problem losing Bret Brown to a good opportunity, but I'm not convinced that Philidelphia and a "long-term" plan qualifies ...
I'd just rather keep him next to Pop and see what opens up next year. The right fit is better than a quick fit.