HoopsHype Larry Brown rumors

April 8, 2014 Updates

Chris Broussard: NBA execs chuckled at Larry Brown's radio comment that NYK GM Steve Mills doesn't "have a clue.'' Not bc it's true but bc it's obv personal. Mills & Brown butted heads a few times when Brown coached NYK: Brown got mad when Mills warned against trading for Steve Francis. Of course, Brown won that battle, got Francis and well, the rest is history. Then, Brown grew upset when Mills didn't want to trade Antonio Davis for Jalen Rose and the 2 yrs, $32 mill left on his deal. 3 weeks after Brown won out and got Rose to NYK, sources say he wanted to trade him. The capper btwn Brown & Mills came when Mills' testimony in arbitration helped lower the $ NYK had to pay Brown from $40 mill to $18 mill. Now, u have a clue as to why Brown took his shot at Mills.... Twitter @Chris_Broussard

March 19, 2014 Updates

Interestingly, one coaching veteran who Jackson has always admired is Larry Brown, the current Southern Methodist coach. But the Knicks' last go-round with Brown ended in a 23-win season, a power struggle with team president Isiah Thomas (they both lost) and a lawsuit over the money Brown was owed on his contract. It was settled for $18.5 million. The Knicks later forced Mike Woodson to fire his agent -- the late Joe Glass, who also represented Brown -- before signing him to a contract extension. So let's just say Brown is not at the top of the Vegas odds to become Jackson's first coaching hire. CBSSports.com

March 17, 2014 Updates

In 1998, you applied to be the general manager of the Denver Nuggets—while working for the Post. This has always struck me as a conflict of interest. Tell me why I’m wrong. And do you think you would have/could have had a fruitful career as a GM. Peter Vecsey.: I was always told, you’ve got to have at least two conflicts of interest to be successful. Pro sports has plenty of former sportswriters-turned executives. The Knicks were started by Ned Irish. The latest example was John Hollinger leaving ESPN to become VP of basketball operations of Memphis. Why shouldn’t we be allowed to pursue front office or coaching, as long as it’s during the off-season? I tried to put together group to buy the Nuggets in the early ’80s … tried to get Rick Pitino to hire me as GM when he was running the Celtics … approached Larry Brown about helping him in Washington when he was close to coaching the Wizards … had an interview on tap as Hawks’ GM just before Stan Kasten left … and had a very brief interview with James Dolan to be Isiah Thomas’ GM. I am positive I would’ve been an asset to one and all. Jeff Pearlman

March 12, 2014 Updates

You can't talk about the Sixers without talking about Iverson and Brown, and their much-publicized contentious relationship. You couldn't draw up two more completely different personalities. Being on the inside, what was it like to see that unfold? Pat Croce: It was difficult because they were at each other's throats, and there was the one time when Larry Brown called me and Iverson called me because (Brown) sat him on the bench in Detroit—I wasn't there—and I got a call that night because I saw that he sat him. And I heard there was a blast on the bus and Larry Brown wanted him traded the next day. And Iverson called me, which was rare, and he wanted him fired. So I said, "We'll meet in the conference room at the practice facility." And all the team is waiting outside the glass with the assistant coaches, and inside the room was Larry Brown on one side of the table, Allen Iverson and me on the other side and Billy King toward the end of the table. And I think Tony DiLeo, our scouting director, was also there. It was really ugly, like really. Allen came in ready to kill someone. I've never seen him in such a foul mood. He wanted no part with this coach, none. This was my fourth year and (Brown's) third year. It got really ugly, and I remember saying—to this day, I don't think Larry Brown likes me because of this, because I made him sit down in this meeting, but it was the catalyst that turned our whole world around—"You two, I'm not going to trade him, Larry, and I'm not going to fire you. There's no way." I said, "You guys don't understand. You both are so talented, the best of what you do in your business. You're so headstrong. If you were to look in the mirror, you'd see each other. You both have a common goal; you just go about it in different ways." Bleacher Report

March 11, 2014 Updates
February 12, 2014 Updates

So Brown jumped at the opportunity when SMU came calling in April 2012, going back to college 24 years after he led Kansas — known as “Danny Manning and the Miracles” — to the national title. “I look in the mirror, I know I’m 73, but in my heart I don’t feel that way,” said Brown, the oldest Division I college basketball coach, in advance of Thursday night’s game at Rutgers. “I want to coach because I love it. I don’t want to sound hokey, but when you play for Frank McGuire, Dean Smith and Pete Newell — they taught me a lot — I want to share what they taught me with a lot of people. I don’t want to stop doing this.” New York Post

Brown wouldn’t commit to anything, but he doesn’t see a reason to retire anytime soon. “As long as I feel like I’m helping kids get better,” Brown said, “I don’t see why I should stop.” New York Post

February 11, 2014 Updates
January 5, 2014 Updates

If there's one thing Larry Brown learned during his 26-year NBA coaching career, it's the importance of having a good relationship with the guy who signs the checks. "Everywhere I've ever been, if the head coach and the owner have a good relationship and are honest with each other and they know exactly what their goals [and values] are, you're going to be successful," Brown said in a phone interview earlier this week. So what about Mike Woodson's relationship with New York Knicks owner James Dolan? Brown, who said he speaks to Woodson nearly every day, said he believes the Knicks' coach and owner have a "great" relationship. "I think Mike and Mr. Dolan have that kind of relationship," said Brown, a former Knicks coach himself. "And I think that's a good thing." ESPN.com

November 2, 2013 Updates

Two weeks ago, Larry Brown told his Southern Methodist players they'd have a guest addressing them in the locker room before practice. "One of my kids, Keith Frazier, the McDonald's all-American, he broke down when I told him Allen was coming," Brown said. Philadelphia Inquirer

Brown already knew that Allen Iverson hadn't lost his appeal with young players. "The two years after I got fired from Charlotte . . . everywhere I went [going to college practices], I would talk to the team, and after I was getting ready to leave, every kid would come up and ask about Allen. I'm serious," Brown said. "I can't walk through an airport when somebody doesn't come up to me. They don't know who I am all the time, but they'll say: 'You coached Allen.'" Philadelphia Inquirer

October 31, 2013 Updates

"He is the best player his size to ever play the game," Brown, who coached Iverson from 1997 to 2003, said of the 6-0, 165-pound guard. "And maybe the toughest, maybe as good of an athlete that has ever played our game, and as good of an competitor. I hope everyone understands that." USA Today Sports

"It was always about Allen," Brown said. "I used to tell him all the time, 'You don't know just what you mean to so many people.' He would never fathom that." Iverson, who famously crossed Michael Jordan over as a rookie in March 1997, was known for his irrepressible scoring ability and for how hard he always played (in games, not necessarily in practice). "I just wish there was some way the league could honor him," Brown said. "It is one thing doing it in Philly when they retire his jersey. But he needed to go to every arena and have people show what he meant." USA Today Sports

October 30, 2013 Updates

"He is the best player his size to ever play the game," Brown, who coached Iverson from 1997 to 2003, said of the 6-0, 165-pound guard. "And maybe the toughest, maybe as good of an athlete that has ever played our game, and as good of an competitor. I hope everyone understands that." USA Today Sports

"I just wish there was some way the league could honor him," Brown said. "It is one thing doing it in Philly when they retire his jersey. But he needed to go to every arena and have people show what he meant." USA Today Sports

October 15, 2013 Updates

Larry Brown, the highly respected and peripatetic coach then in San Antonio, had familiar suspicions about international players. Also, the Spurs had just drafted a forward out of Arizona named Sean Elliott. Paspalj appeared in only 28 games and averaged a meager 2.6 points in the 1989-90 season, his only one with the Spurs, and then became a celebrated player in Greece’s pro league. “Zarko could have had a 47-inch vertical jump and been the best shooter in the world, and it wasn’t going to happen because Sean Elliott was the American who had been drafted,” Popovich said. New York Times

September 3, 2013 Updates

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