Report: Brett Brown to coach Australian national team in 2020 Olympics

Philadelphia 76ers coach Brett Brown will be coaching again on the international basketball stage next summer.

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Brown and the Australian men’s basketball team are finalizing an agreement to bring on Brown as coach for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Brown also coached the Boomers in the 2012 Olympic games, where he led the team to the quarterfinals in which they lost to Team USA; the Boomers would finish seventh. 

Along with his stint in 2012, Brown was also an assistant coach for Australia during the 1996 Atlanta Olympics and 2000 Sydney Olympics, per a story on ESPN from Jonathan Gold. 

Brown is slated to have Philadelphia 76ers point guard Ben Simmons on the roster. Simmons, an Australian native, said in a statement on Twitter this offseason that he plans on playing in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Along with Simmons, Australia also boasts NBA talent such as Dante Exum, Matthew Dellavedova, Joe Ingles, Aron Baynes and Patty Mills.

With Brown having a wealth of talent available, Australia should be one of the most formidable teams in next summer’s Olympics.

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