Sixers coach Brown tapped for Aussie Olympic role
Philadelphia 76ers coach Brett Brown is set to coach Australia's basketball team at next year's Olympics, ESPN reported on Tuesday. The 58-year-old American is poised to lead the Australians again eight years after taking charge of the team at the 2012 London Olympics.
Philadelphia 76 ers head coach Brett Brown coaches Ben Simmons in the NBA and has a strong connection to the NBL. Credit: PA. Lemanis , coach of the NBL’s Brisbane Bullets, has been the Boomers ’ coach since 2013 and despite squads featuring NBA players Patty Mills, Joe Ingles
76 ers coach set to lead Boomers at the Tokyo Olympics . Skip to sections navigation Skip to content Skip to footer. Brown is set to replace Andrej Lemanis as coach , with the Boomers desperate to maximise the potential of their talent-laden line-up to win their first Olympic medal.
New Boomers coach Brett Brown has a message for his team and fans — Australia is going to the Tokyo Olympics to win a gold medal.
Brown, who coached the Boomers between 2009 and 2012, takes the place of Andrej Lemanis, who recently led Australia to the semi-finals at the FIBA World Cup.
Under Lemanis's leadership, the Boomers achieved their highest world ranking of third, in addition to gold medals at the 2017 Asian Cup and last year's Commonwealth Games.
However, missing out on the medals at the 2016 Olympics and this year's World Cup prompted Lemanis to make the decision to step down.
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Ben Simmons hits his first three, dominates on both ends as Philadelphia 76ers pull off comeback win over New York Knicks
The Philadelphia 76ers remain unbeaten at home after pulling off a 109-104 win over the New York Knicks, despite trailing by 17 points in the third quarter.Trailing by as many as 17 points in the third quarter, Ben Simmons powered the 76ers into action as they took control of the game late in the fourth to move to 9-5 on the season.
Philadelphia 76 ers coach Brett Brown is expected to be confirmed later today as coach of the Australian men’s basketball team at next year’s In January when AAP asked Brown about whether coaching the Boomers again was an option, he backed Lemanis . “I was the head coach in London
Brett Brown has set his sights on Olympic gold after being officially announced as Boomers coach Andrej Lemanis ’s replacement .
"I came to the realisation that we needed fresh energy, a fresh set of eyes, fresh ideas. Someone to get us over the hump."
That fresh pair of eyes is Brown, who is now the coach of the Philadelphia 76ers in the NBA, with Australia's Ben Simmons and Jonah Bolden among his players.
There was speculation Brown's anticipated return to the Boomers would be designed to secure Simmons's participation in Tokyo.
The point guard was named the NBA's rookie of the year for 2017-18 and received his first NBA All-Star selection last season.
He did not join the Boomers for the Rio Olympics in 2016, and although he declared he would play in this year's World Cup, he later withdrew from the Australian squad a month out from the tournament in China.
Blissful end to bumpy week for Lemanis
Lamar Patterson produced the game-winning play to help his Brisbane Bullets to a two-point NBL win against the Adelaide 36ers.Star import Lamar Patterson delivered the home side their fifth win from 10 games with a desperate rebound and tip-in in the dying seconds of the 106-104 nailbiter at Nissan Arena on Friday.
Philadelphia coach Brett Brown is adamant his focus remains locked in on leading the 76 ers to their first title since 1983 despite taking on the role as Brett Brown 's relationship with Ben Simmons may hold the key to the Boomers first major international medal. Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via
Philadelphia 76 ers coach Brett Brown is expected to be confirmed later today as coach of the Australian men's basketball team at next year's Olympics . Brown is set to replace Andrej Lemanis as coach , with the Boomers desperate to maximise the potential of their talent-laden line-up to win their
The 76ers star has not confirmed he will play for the Boomers in Tokyo, but Brown expects an announcement soon.
"In the event that it works out in the way that we're all hoping … I will give him the ball again," he said.
Brown said that he would make an announcement on his assistant coaches "soon", adding that he would balance helping young Australian coaches with surrounding himself with people who "talk my talk."
In a statement, Basketball Australia said Lemanis left "an impressive legacy".
"Andrej's impact has been profound and his legacy for this team has been foundational," BA chief executive Jerril Rechter said.
"Andrej and his supporting staff, including Luc Longley, Will Weaver, Adam Caporn and David Patrick, have been incredibly selfless and our federation is grateful for their commitment."
Brown's history with the Boomers, including at the London Olympics, made him "perfectly positioned" to take the side to next year's Tokyo Olympics, Rechter said.
Although Brown admitted to being "disappointed" to hear Lemanis was standing down, "it was a borderline duty" and he "felt a sense of responsibility," to reprise the role he vacated after the 2012 Olympics.
"This is our mission and my message to our team: We’re going into the 2020 Olympics to win a gold medal," he said.
"I understand the magnitude of this statement. I would feel irresponsible having any other goal but this."
Battling Phoenix rock Bullets in boilover .
Down by 16 points, the South East Melbourne Phoenix have pulled off a furious second-half comeback to win their first ever game outside of their home state. Brisbane held a 16-point lead in the second half of Saturday's contest at Nissan Arena on Saturday but a five-minute burst saw the NBL expansion franchise produce a 23-6 charge to hit the front before completing their first win outside of Victoria.