Former Philadelphia 76ers coach Brett Brown received’t be guiding the Boomers on the Tokyo Olympics after informing Basketball Australia he can now not decide to the job.
“The uncertainties across the course of my skilled future sadly imply that I can’t decide to the time and preparation that this job deserves and requires,” Brown mentioned in a press release Tuesday. “The difficulties round touring internationally with my household in the course of the pandemic have additionally contributed to my choice.”
The 76ers fired Brown in August, a day after his seventh season with the group resulted in a first-round postseason sweep.
Brown had labored with the Australian males’s group within the Nineties and early 2000s and once more from 2009-12 earlier than becoming a member of 76ers. He was employed once more in November final 12 months on a short-term foundation for the Olympic project after Andrej Lemanis stop, and had been anticipated to do work with the Boomers in the course of the NBA break.
However the Tokyo Olympics had been postponed to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the NBA season was additionally significantly interrupted.
Additional complicating the association, a later than normal begin to the following NBA season might imply some gamers and coaches will miss the Olympics.
Basketball Australia chief government Jerril Rechter mentioned he understood Brown’s place and would begin the method of discovering a alternative.
“The COVID-19 pandemic is making a difficult atmosphere for all sports activities through which to function,” Rechter mentioned. “The Tokyo Olympics is a crucial occasion for Basketball Australia and our male athletes, as collectively we consider the Boomers have a superb alternative to assert their first ever Olympic medal.”