PHILADELPHIA (NEWS CENTER) - South Portland's Brett Brown has been surrounded by Hall of Fame caliber coaches since he was born. He's now looking to make that same kind of impression on his new team: the Philadalphia 76ers.
The 52-year old most recently spent 13 seasons under the guidance of four-time champion and Basketball Hall of Fame lock Greg Popovich. The two-year captain at Boston University was coached by current Louisville coach Rick Pitino, a two-time national champion and 2013 Naismith Hall of Fame inductee.
When Brown started his coaching career in Australia, he first opportunity came as an assistant under International Basketball Federation Hall of Famer Lindsay Gaze.
Even before Brown's international road of basketball, his very first coach led four teams to state titles and coached at all three levels of college basketball (I-Boston University; II-St. Anselm; III-Southern Maine). That would be his father Bob, a member of five Halls of Fame, including the New England Basketball Hall of Fame.
The younger Brown is very aware of just how fortunate he was with his basketball upbringing.
"I've lived a very privileged life basketball-wise. It gets me so excited to be able to come here and share that with our players," Brown said.
It's that wisdom he's extracted in his 25 years of coaching and the team that he was taking over in Philadelphia that compelled him to take on the rebuilding project.
"There were times for sure that I wasn't sure based on what I had if I want to chance it, and I think this is a very high-calculated chance. I think the risk reward here tilts far on the side, that at this stage are you kidding me, there are so many coaches that would want this opportunity," Brown said.
His first order as head coach will be finalize a coaching staff. He and team president/general manager Sam Hinkie will ultimately make the decisions.