Brown named Australia coach, targets gold at Tokyo

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MELBOURNE (Information) – Philadelphia 76ers coach Brett Brown is concentrating on Olympic gold at subsequent yr’s Tokyo Video games after being named for a second stint in command of Australia on Wednesday.

FILE PHOTO: Nov 6, 2019; Salt Lake Metropolis, UT, USA; Philadelphia 76ers head coach Brett Brown reacts through the first half in opposition to the Utah Jazz at Vivint Good House Enviornment. Obligatory Credit score: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports activities

Brown, who coached the Boomers between 2009-2012, replaces Andrej Lemanis who guided the workforce to fourth at each the 2016 Rio Olympics and the current World Cup in China.

Brown has intimate data of the Australian recreation, having coached the Melbourne Tigers, North Melbourne Giants and Sydney Kings within the nation’s prime flight.

“When the chance to educate the Boomers subsequent summer time in Tokyo got here up, I used to be reminded of my deep historical past with Australia and Australian basketball,” the 58-year-old stated in an announcement.

“I felt an obligation to try to assist in any approach that I might.

“That is our mission and my message to our workforce: We’re going into the 2020 Olympics to win a gold medal. I perceive the magnitude of this assertion. I might really feel irresponsible having every other objective however this.”

Brown coached Australia to the quarter-finals on the London Olympics, the place they had been crushed by eventual champions, the US.

Lemanis, who succeeded Brown after London, took an Australian roster laden with NBA stars to Rio however they had been heartbroken to overlook out on a medal for a 14th successive Olympics.

Native media reported Lemanis had strained relationships with key gamers, with each Ben Simmons and Jonah Bolden late withdrawals from the World Cup.

Lemanis stated his substitute by Brown, who manages each Simmons and Bolden on the 76ers, was a “collaborative course of” and in the most effective pursuits of the workforce.

“I depart with loads of fond reminiscences,” he stated.

“One of many key parts in making the Boomers setting so particular is the willingness of everybody concerned to sacrifice for the larger good of the workforce.

“It’s my perception that for the Boomers to medal on the Tokyo Olympics, the coach greatest positioned to ship that’s Brett Brown.”

Reporting by Ian Ransom; Enhancing by Kim Coghill