HoopsHype Larry Brown rumors


June 3, 2014 Updates

As for the idea that Brown may be leaving SMU anytime soon, he said he's happy where he is. Beyond the fact that his Mustangs team went from 15-17 in his first season to 27-10 in 2013-14, he's enjoying the unique chance to be near his son, L.J, who just finished his freshman year at SMU. "I'm just so thankful SMU gave me this chance," Brown said. "We have made such progress. We've got a bunch of young kids already committed for the future and I'd love to finish it out here. ... I'd love to see (the Lakers) get a great coach, because I love Mitch and I love that franchise. But I'm thrilled where I am. I feel so fortunate I've had this chance." USA Today Sports

June 2, 2014 Updates
April 18, 2014 Updates

It is obvious that Woodson didn’t appreciate being shut out by Jackson once the Zen Master joined the franchise last month as the Knicks’ newest savior. Former Knicks coach Larry Brown, Woodson’s mentor, raised that precise issue last week on SiriusXM NBA Radio when he said that Jackson is “not talking to” Woodson. “I’m sick about what’s happening with Michael,” Brown added. “He’s out on the limb and that’s not fair. For a guy that really turned that franchise around and made people proud of the way they played I don’t think he’s been treated fairly and that really bothers me.” New York Daily News

April 17, 2014 Updates

Brown, a former coach of the Knicks, has expressed his discontent with the organization of late, and the treatment of current coach Mike Woodson. He’s also been skeptical of the reasoning behind Jackson coming out of retirement as an executive, not as a coach. “If you’re going to hire Phil Jackson, who is probably as great a coach as we’ve ever had in our sport, why didn’t he coach?” He later went on saying, “If you’re going to do this job, it’s a full time job.” He continued to question the validation ofJackson’s role, saying, “To think that you can run a franchise like the Knicks, and not be there 24/7, and you’re going to do it from sitting in the stands, I don’t know if that’s going to be possible.” 1045 The Team ESPN Radio

Along with the time spent into the job, the scheme that Phil Jackson is famous for engineering and implementing (The Triangle Offense) may not translate with Coach Mike Woodson and the players on the court. “I don’t think it’s a good marriage because Phil believes in the triangle, and Mike played for Bobby Knight, who’s a huge influence on him… and I don’t think he has the same kind of philosophy Phil has.” 1045 The Team ESPN Radio

April 13, 2014 Updates

SMU coach Larry Brown says incoming point guard Emmanuel Mudiay is “the best player in the country” and will be a lottery pick in the 2015 NBA Draft. “It ain’t even close,” Brown told SNY.tv Friday at the Coaches’ Clinic at Roselle Catholic High School. “He’s 6-5, he can just play. He makes people better, he can defend, he can rebound. “He’s going to be a lottery pick if I don’t screw up.” ZagsBlog.com

“He was the best player,” Brown said. “And I love [Jahlil] Okafor, [Stanley] Johnson and Justin Jackson. There are a lot of great players, but in my mind he’s the best player. And that’s not taking anything away from any of those other kids.” Mudiay will represent the Congo on the International team in the Nike Hoop Summit on Saturday. ZagsBlog.com

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

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