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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

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“He might be the greatest athlete I’ve ever seen,” Larry Brown, Iverson’s coach from 1997-2003 and the current coach at SMU, told SLAM today. “I don’t think there’ll be another one like him. “I’m sure we faced a lot of obstacles, maybe even on a daily basis, but when it came time to play, to try to win a game, he tried to play as hard as he could for his coach.” SLAM

June 30, 2013 Updates

But for a coach who once said he wanted to be the Jerry Sloan of Boston, Rivers’ staying power eroded over the last year. Brown said that in today’s coaching climate — where making the playoffs no longer guarantees job security — it’s the right of a coach to protect himself. “You know that those things change,” the 72-year-old Brown, now head coach at Southern Methodist University, said last week. “Look at the guys who got fired — George Karl, Vinny Del Negro, Larry Drew, Lionel Hollins, Alvin Gentry. Boston Herald

“We went to the playoffs in Charlotte and I got fired,” Brown said of his last NBA job. “Doc’s not silly. We can talk about rebuilding, and I do understand that he was there for nine years, and I understand the relationship he had with the city and the team. “But there is absolutely no loyalty in the NBA anymore. Look at the new GMs who are coming in — a lot of them never even played ball. And now you have analytics ruling the way things are done,” he said. “I know that Doc and Danny (Ainge) were attached at the hip, but how do you know that wouldn’t change? It just doesn’t happen that way. I wanted to be like coach (Dean) Smith and stay in one place forever, believe it or not, but that’s just not how it works.” Boston Herald

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June 5, 2013 Updates

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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