Brett Brown wasn’t going to coach the Philadelphia 76ers without a four-year guaranteed contract.
"I was not going to take the job without the four years (guaranteed)," Brown said. "And I am extremely grateful to the owners where they took a step back, and I think it's a tremendous reflection of what they truly think too. It's going to take time. They really do have a tolerance. There is a patience. And as much as it was security for myself, I felt like they made a statement to the marketplace that they're for real. They really do see this being a long-haul type of position. But it was vital to my decision and I'm thrilled that they allowed me to have that duration."
Brown spent 12 seasons with the San Antonio Spurs, first as a member of their basketball operations, then becoming an assistant coach for six seasons.
"I'm not a gypsy coach," Brown said. "I like staying some place. I like a commitment from both sides. And then again ... you looked at really what was available here, and the excitement. Can you imagine if we can get this thing right?
"Really. If we can get 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 alluring. It's tempting."