With Brown now getting the job, it means that Michael Curry, who has overseen all on-court basketball activities since Collins’ departure, most likely will be looking for employment elsewhere. Curry was the associate head coach in each of Collins’ three seasons and had most recently coached the Sixers’ entry in the Orlando Pro Summer League last month. Curry, as well as assistants Jeff Capel and Aaron McKie, are all under contract for the upcoming season. While it seems likely that Brown will bring in his own coaching staff, it wouldn’t be surprising if McKie remained. The Temple product has been on staff here since 2007 and brings a knowledge and familiarity to the team and city that a new coach might covet.
“Brett was the good guy to Coach Pop’s [Popovich] bad guy a lot of times,” Rose said. “He was great at getting players to do what Pop wanted them to do, but delivered the message in a different way. He’s such a good guy. Manu [Ginobili] is a very intense guy, and Brett talked him off the ledge many times. He has a great way with players and with everybody. This is probably going to be a really good fit.”
Reported by Bob Cooney of the Philadelphia Daily News