THE INTERESTING thing about the Sixers and new grand pooh-bah of basketball operations Sam Hinkie taking more than 3 months to find a head coach is that San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Brett Brown was analyzing them while they were analyzing him.

So if there is nothing else to take from Brown being announced as the 24th coach in franchise history yesterday it's that the longtime assistant to Spurs coach Gregg Popovich understands what he is walking into.

"I have not been a part of a rebuild since I have been in the NBA" conceded Brown who in 13 years with the Spurs organization helped them get to five NBA Finals and win four. "Can you imagine if we can get this thing right? Really. If we can this right with the culture and the history that this city has and the pride and the toughness that this city has that is very luring. It's tempting."

OK so Brown just made what many call the worst situation in the NBA sound as if he were taking over the Miami Heat. But honestly on Day 1 of what is expected to be a long journey what more can you want from the new captain of your ship? When a lot of people around him were telling Philadelphia was a bad job Brown said the hell with that I'm going to make it work. You have to love the enthusiasm. You have to love that Brown wanted this challenge. Brown's track record in San Antonio plus his experience as a championship head coach in the National Basketball League in Australia and as former head coach of the Australian Olympic team meant he wasn't desperate. The former point guard who played for Rick Pitino at Boston University could have made a safe gamble that a successful season as the lead assistant to Popovich would result in more opportunities after the 2013-14 season.