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By JON KRAWCZYNSKI
AP Basketball Writer
San Antonio's Brett Brown and Houston's Chris Finch are two trusted assistants charged with helping the Spurs and the Rockets push toward the playoffs.
Both took on much higher profile roles last summer 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 coaches reveled in the added responsibility and the big-stage atmosphere. They were able to take some of their experiences back to the NBA to help out their teams. They also both came away from the games more hopeful than ever that they will someday get a chance to be a head coach in the NBA.

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