Brett Brown won’t be coaching the Australian Boomers in the Tokyo Olympics.
The former Sixers head coach released a statement explaining his decision to step down as the team's head coach via Basketball Australia:
“The uncertainties around the direction of my professional future unfortunately mean that I cannot commit to the time and preparation that this job deserves and requires,” Brown said. “The difficulties around traveling internationally with my family during the pandemic have also contributed to my decision.
"It is important for me to give Basketball Australia, the Coach, and players, the necessary time for a full and thorough Olympic Games preparation in the event that the Games do proceed.
“This was a difficult decision which did not come easy. My past experiences with the current Boomer players are among my most memorable as a coach. To coach the Boomers was a privilege and an honour. I will work closely with Basketball Australia in any way that I can to ensure a smooth and successful transition.”
Brown served as the Australian men’s national team’s head coach from 2009 to 2012 and returned to the role in November. He was fired by the Sixers on Aug. 24 after seven seasons.
It’s possible the 59-year-old Brown would’ve coached a couple of his former Sixers players in the Olympics. Ben Simmons was born in Melbourne, Australia, while Matisse Thybulle lived in Sydney as a child. Simmons had initially planned to play in last year’s FIBA World Cup but later decided to pull out of the event. The Boomers finished in fourth place.
With no date set yet for next NBA season, it’s unclear whether or not NBA players will be available to participate in the Olympics. The Games have been rescheduled to begin on July 23 of next year.