February 27, 2013

Maine native ready and still waiting for NBA head coach gig

Brett Brown, formerly of South Portland, has proven that he can be a head coach in the NBA.

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Brett Brown
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Brett Brown played at South Portland for his father, Bob Brown, then coached in Australia, and now has been a San Antonio Spurs assistant for 12 years.

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Chris Finch
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Chris Finch has traveled in Europe as a basketball coach, is now in Houston, and would like his own team to lead.

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"The experience he got over there doing that is great for him," Popovich said. "It's certainly added something to our program. There are things he did in the Olympics that we've added to our offense. It's been a real plus."

The Spurs have the best record in the NBA and have added two of Brown's best players from the national team – point guard Patty Mills and big man Aron Baynes.

The Rockets (31-27) are in eighth place in the West and have been one of the surprises of the league this season, with Finch helping an accomplished staff get a roster with several new faces to mesh as quickly as possible.

Popovich is convinced that Brown is ready, though he thinks his loyal assistant was ready even before he took over Team Australia.

"He should get his own gig somewhere," Popovich said. "That's for sure."

Sometimes it can be difficult for an assistant who has been in one place as long as Brown has to get his resume to the top of the pile. Maybe his Olympic work is what he needed to push him over the top.

"It does whet your appetite," Brown said. "You also realize that it's two entirely different jobs, being an assistant coach and being a head coach. That's the competitive edge, the competitive spirit, the pride of trying to do a good job and the challenge of putting a program together."


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