Brett Brown has been on the San Antonio bench for 12 years now, coaching under Gregg Popovich during a run of organizational stability that is rare in this day and age, and perhaps one of the biggest reasons the Spurs have been able to sustain such a high level of success over the last decade and a half.
Chris Finch has been more of a nomad, bouncing from gig to gig on a journey that took him to England, Germany, Belgium and the NBA's developmental league before he landed a job as an assistant on Kevin McHale's staff with the Houston Rockets last year.
The two American coaches got a chance to step out of the considerable shadows cast by their famous head coaches last summer and lead international teams on the biggest of stages at the London Olympics. Brown was the head coach for Team Australia, where he spent 17 years coaching before joining the Spurs. Finch led Team Great Britain and helped raise the sport's profile in the soccer-mad region.
Both were able to bring back strategi...