May 12, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Brett Brown (left) instructs point guard Tony Parker (9) during the third quarter in game four of the second round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs against the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena. The Warriors defeated the Spurs 97-87 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
Just a few days ago we reported that San Antonio Spurs Assistant Brett Brown was gaining some interest from the Denver Nuggets to become their next head coach. According to Jeff McDonald and Mike Monroe, the Nuggets plan to hire Indiana Assistant Brian Shaw.
Multiple reports that the Denver Nuggets plan to hire Indiana assistant Brian Shaw as coach had a trickle-down effect in San Antonio on Monday.
It means Brett Brown, the Spurs’ only internal candidate to replace the departed Mike Budenholzer as Gregg Popovich’s lead assistant, remains in play.
For now, at least.
A member of Popovich’s staff since 2002, Brown had been one of five coaches to interview for the Nuggets’ vacancy created upon George Karl’s ouster earlier this month.
Brown, 52, met with Denver CEO Josh Kroenke and general manager Tim Connell on Sunday night to discuss the job there.
Brown confirmed the interview in Denver, and his interest in Karl’s old job, in a text message to the Express-News on Monday morning. Then Monday night, Brown confirmed via another text message that he did not get the job, saying “It’s all good.”
Brown also has been linked to a head-coaching opening in Philadelphia, with Yahoo! Sports reporting an imminent interview with the 76ers.
With Budenholzer leaving after the NBA Finals to become coach in Atlanta, Brown has been considered a likely candidate for promotion to Popovich’s lead assistant.
He has been a member of the Spurs’ bench since 2006-07, after spending his first five seasons as a player development coach.
More recently, Brown was coach of the Australian national team, which made the quarterfinals at the 2012 Olympics.