HoopsHype Larry Brown rumors

June 6, 2013 Updates
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Former 76ers coach Larry Brown this morning threw cold water on a report out of New York that suggested on Tuesday that Brown has been contacted by the team about its vacant coaching job. Appearing as a guest on 97.5 The Fanatic with Tony Bruno and Harry Mayes, Brown said that the Sixers have not contacted him about the job. The report, citing sources close to Brown, first appeared on SNY.tv’s blog (Adam Zagoria). Philadelphia Inquirer

Presently the coach of the men’s basketball team at SMU, Brown, who also linked to the coaching jobs in Brooklyn and with the Los Angeles Clippers, said that any connection between him and any NBA team right now was ‘hypothetical.’ “I love what I’m doing,” said Brown, who coached the Sixers from 1997-2003, leading them to the NBA Finals in 2001. “But I’m in a situation where I think I can help young people. But I don’t ever want to get back into coaching at the professional level unless I have a great relationship with the ownership and people let me share the knowledge I have learned and work with young people that have the same values that I have.” Philadelphia Inquirer

June 4, 2013 Updates

“Three NBA teams have talked to him,” the source said, adding that he was not certain of the identity of the third team. The Nets, Sixers and Clippers all have coaching openings. “If one of those teams offered him I think he would [take it] but I don’t think they’re going to offer him,” the source said. ZagsBlog.com

May 31, 2013 Updates

An Indiana source stressed the Nets were not among the early callers, but there is a strong connection between King and Walsh (King was an assistant under coach Larry Brown for Walsh in Indiana). One league source though, strictly on speculation, said his “gut” said the Nets wanted an “established” head coach. “I think they have high regard for [Shaw], but with that roster and owner, my gut says they would want an established guy,” he said. New York Post

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Del Negro is just the second coach to leave the team with a winning record, following Larry Brown in 1993. "This was a difficult decision, but we feel this is the best decision for our franchise moving forward," said Gary Sacks, the Clippers' vice president of basketball operations. Del Negro and Sterling never officially met in person after the season, but they did have an extended conversation on the phone last weekend that a source described as "positive." ESPN.com

May 21, 2013 Updates

The 72-year-old Brown is an old-school coach who is not sold on the heightened focus on advanced statistics in the NBA. "I'm not that kind of guy," Brown said when asked his opinion on the hiring of new Sixers general manager Sam Hinkie. "You're asking the wrong guy. This is not baseball. Guys hit better during the day than they do at night. You have lefties and righties. But this is not baseball. In this league, it's about teaching players and making them better." Philadelphia Inquirer

However, Brown said he does not rule out the role of analytics in building a better basketball team. "All the information, I'm sure, helps," Brown said. "But at the end of the day, this is a basketball town. They love kids that play hard, play together, play smart. And the best way to tell that about a kid is to look him in the eye in the most crucial moments of a game. That tells you so much. "But you have to give this a chance," added Brown, who expressed disappointment that former GM Tony DiLeo was let go. "But the Sixers' new owners have put a lot of money into this program, so you've got to give it a chance. Hopefully it will work out because this is a great basketball community." Philadelphia Inquirer

May 14, 2013 Updates

With a trifecta of coaches around 70 years old rumored as potential candidates, including Phil Jackson, Larry Brown and Jerry Sloan, why wouldn’t the most accomplished basketball player in the New York area over the last 30 years be considered? Mike Greenberg of ESPN Radio’s Mike and Mike asked Ewing that question Friday morning when he appeared on the show to talk about the 2013 NBA Playoffs. “Your guess is as good as mine,” Ewing candidly responded. He continued. “You know what? I’m putting in the work. I’ve been an assistant coach for nine, 10 years. I’m trying to learn my craft, become better at it. I really don’t know. All I can do is just continue to work, continue to knock on doors. Hopefully that one team will decide to give me an opportunity and give me the opportunity to be successful or to fail.” SNY Nets

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The Nets, who fired Avery Johnson in late December and decided not to re-sign interim P.J. Carlesimo after their first-round playoff loss to Chicago, are expected to turn their attention to the coaching candidates not named Jackson now. According to two people with knowledge of the search, that list includes Indiana Pacers assistant Brian Shaw, longtime NBA coach and current Southern Methodist University coach Larry Brown, and former Milwaukee and Chicago coach Scott Skiles. USA Today Sports

May 6, 2013 Updates

The Brooklyn Nets have contacted Phil Jackson about replacing the outgoing P.J. Carlesimo, according to a source. After Jackson, the source says the list of current Nets' candidates consists of Larry Brown and Brian Shaw. Neither Nate McMillan nor brothers Jeff and Stan Van Gundy is on the list, the source said. That could change if the Nets fail to land one of their top three choices. ESPN.com

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One name that makes sense is former Cavs guard Eric Snow, who was an assistant under Larry Brown at SMU this past season. He doesn't have vast coaching experience, but he seems like he'd be a Brown-type guy. He's disciplined, hard-working and no-nonsense. Snow, a Canton native, played for the Cavs from 2004-08. The Cavs could keep one of the holdovers from Coach Byron Scott's staff — Jamahl Mosley or Nate Tibbetts — or perhaps Canton Charge coach Alex Jensen. One former player who likely called Brown is ex-Cavs forward Donyell Marshall, who is living in the Cleveland area. He coached in the NBA Development League two years ago. News-Herald

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