Philadelphia 76ers’ head coach Brett Brown is making a return to Australia national basketball team. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Brown is finalizing a deal to coach the team at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Brown has a long history with Australia’s national team, as he previously served as head coach between 2009 and 2012. His biggest success was leading the team to quarterfinals of the 2012 Olympics. He also served as an assistant coach on the team between 1995 and 2003.
Australia’s national basketball team could be in the mix for a medal on the upcoming Olympics, thanks to their talented roster highlighted by 76ers’ All-Star Ben Simmons. Other NBA players on Australia’s roster include San Antonio Spurs’ Patty Mills, Utah Jazz’s Joe Ingles and Dante Exum, and Cleveland Cavaliers’ Matthew Dellavedova. The country took part in 14 Olympic games so far, but never managed to win a medal.
Australia’s most recent big competition was FIBA World Cup in China where they coached by Andrej Lemanis. The team managed to win the 4th place at the tournament, despite the fact that Simmons decided not to play.