Brett Brown is now not Ben Simmons’ coach. No, I’m not speaking about the truth that Brett was fired by the Sixers in late August. As a substitute, information got here immediately courtesy of Basketball Australia that the previous Sixers head coach is stepping down because the coach of the Australian nationwide group for the rescheduled Tokyo Olympics. Right here was the total assertion from Brett:
“While I’ve a deep and long-standing ardour for Australian Basketball, I’m at the moment unable to decide to teaching the Boomers at subsequent 12 months’s Olympic Video games. The uncertainties across the course of my skilled future sadly imply that I can not decide to the time and preparation that this job deserves and requires. The difficulties round touring internationally with my household through the pandemic have additionally contributed to my choice.
It will be important for me to offer Basketball Australia, the Coach, and gamers, the required time for a full and thorough Olympic Video games preparation within the occasion that the Video games do proceed.
This was a tough choice which didn’t come simple. My previous experiences with the present Boomer gamers are amongst my most memorable as a coach. To teach the Boomers was a privilege and an honour. I’ll work carefully with Basketball Australia in any approach that I can to make sure a clean and profitable transition.”
The Tokyo Olympics are at the moment slated to happen July 23-August 8, 2021, if the pandemic doesn’t power a second postponement/cancellation. The priority for NBA followers additionally exists that the beginning of the 2021 season being pushed again to January or February might imply that there isn’t a built-in break for NBA gamers to take part within the Olympic Video games.
At one level, Australia was slated to be the Sixers hipster group to comply with with Brett on the helm, Ben vowing to take part within the Olympics after sitting out the FIBA World Cup, Matisse Thybulle expressing interest in playing for the Boomers within the spring as a result of holding dual-citizenship after dwelling in Australia for seven years as a baby, Jonah Bolden perhaps sneaking his approach onto the ultimate roster, and, after all, endlessly Sixer Ryan Broekhoff within the green-and-gold. Whereas we don’t know for sure whether or not the Olympics will occur subsequent 12 months and whether or not NBA gamers might be taking part, we now know that Brett Brown received’t be barking on the worldwide referees in his Bostralian accent, and that’s undoubtedly disappointing.
All the most effective to Brett and his household as he figures out the subsequent stage of his skilled profession.