By Harry Allison
Australia is finalizing a deal with Sixers coach Brett Brown to lead Aussies’ national team coach, ESPN is reporting.
Brown will coach the Aussies in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics on a roster that could include Sixers All-Star Ben Simmons.
The Australian team includes several NBA players, including Utah’s Joe Ingles and Dante Exum, Cleveland’s Matthew Dellavedova and San Antonio’s Patty Mills.
Brown was previously head coach of the Australian national team from 2009-2012, including a quarterfinals berth in the 2012 London Olympic Games. Brown had been an assistant coach for the Aussies from 1995 to 2003, including the 1996 and 2000 Olympic Games.
He coached 14 years in the Australian professional league before joining San Antonio as an assistant in 2002. Brown is in his seventh season as the Sixers’ coach, which has included consecutive trips to the Eastern Conference semifinals.