HoopsHype Larry Brown rumors

December 28, 2012 Updates

One coaching source advised Thursday that an approach for Southern Methodist University's Larry Brown could not be ruled out, even with Brown in his first season at SMU, because of Brown's close relationship with Nets general manager Billy King. Other veteran coaches available include Nate McMillan, Mike Dunleavy and the ESPN duo of Jeff Van Gundy and Flip Saunders. ESPN.com

October 11, 2012 Updates

When basketball is played well, Larry Brown peers at it with 72-year-old eyes and sees a Renoir. When it is played poorly, he says it is "ugly as hell." So that's why he was crouching and running and cajoling college kids in the fall on how to use a pivot foot and sweep a basketball low. The same man who coached Reggie Miller and David Thompson, who devised ways to co-exist with Allen Iverson and contain Michael Jordan, jumped onto the court at the first sign of ugly. The surprising part? Brown was not instructing his new Southern Methodist team. He was teaching a band of kids whose skills barely exceeded intramural level. He turned one-hour walk-on tryouts into a two-hour clinic with a Hall of Famer. "That is what he does," said Kentucky coach John Calipari, who considers Brown a close mentor. "He would coach a high school team. He wants to coach." Said Danny Manning, an All-American at Kansas under Brown and current Tulsa coach: "He is a teacher." USA Today

He said he doesn't crave a large stage or bright spotlight. He said this is more about ending the heartache of not having a whistle to blow or a jab-step to correct the past two years. During that time out of the game, he said he must have watched 100 Villanova practices. He seemed as much a part of the Kansas staff during the 2012 Final Four as assistant coaches. And he surrounded himself with other pupils as much as possible. "I was miserable for two years," he said Sunday, in his glory as he watched walk-ons perform one-dribble pull-up jumpers in repetition inside Moody Coliseum. "If I did not have the ability to see Mark (Turgeon) or Cal or Bill (Self) or Tad Boyle, if I did not have that, I don't know what I would have done." Said Doug Hix, SMU's strength and conditioning coach, "He cannot not coach." USA Today

"They're telling me I have to Twitter or Tweet or whatever it is," he said. "I have to call people on the phone. Gotta speak to parents. I've got to write stuff down what I want to talk about. My assistants give me things I want to say and cover. Sometimes their answers get me off track and I am kind of screwed." He believes he is too honest with recruits. He told those close to one of the nation's best players, a 6--9 forward he declined to name, that if he played within 15 feet of the basket that he would be one of the best players who ever played. They did not want to hear that. The recruitment was over. "I found so far it has been a little eye opener, but I am not going to change," Brown said. "Bill Self and I were talking about that today. You know, you being straight and honest is not always going to help in recruiting. You have to figure out things that kids want to hear you say. I can't do that." USA Today

August 30, 2012 Updates

In an exclusive interview with Israel Sports Radio, legendary Jewish basketball coach Larry Brown (71) said he is not planning on retiring any time soon Brown told Israel Sports Radio that he had been considering coaching for the US Maccabiah basketball team (as his brother Herb did) but was then approached by SMU officials and decided to take that position. Brown also hinted that he is not planning on retiring any time soon. Ball In Europe

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What kind of ballplayer was Gregg (Popovich)? Larry Brown: He was great. If he’d have gone to a major college he probably would have been an NBA player. He was a surprisingly gifted athlete and unbelievably tough. But I ended up cutting him. He tried out for the Denver Nuggets and I cut his ass. But we always stayed close. One year he took a sabbatical (in the mid 1980s) and was going to stay at North Carolina for a while and then come with me (at Kansas). He ended up staying with me the whole year. When I was offered the Spurs job, I asked him to come with me. He was best man at my wedding and we’ve been close (ever since). Again, there’s no better guy, no better coach, than him. San Antonio Express-News

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May 27, 2012 Updates

Despite going through a messy one-year tenure in New York -- complete with a contentious divorce from the organization -- former Knicks and current SMU coach Larry Brown fully endorses the notion of his buddy Mike Woodson coaching the Knicks. "Everybody says I had a bad experience in New York and this and that. But I wanted Woody to go there. He's in a great position to win," Brown said by phone on Friday. ESPN.com

Before taking the gig in New York, Brown coached in Detroit. It was there than he worked closely with Woodson, who helped coach a lockdown Pistons defense during their championship season of 2004. "The guy can coach," Brown said of Woodson, "There's no question." Brown talks to Woodson almost every day and calls him one of his best friends. "I care deeply about him and I know he cares about me," Brown said. ESPN.com

May 25, 2012 Updates

Brown also told The Post Friday he believes Woodson did the right thing in changing agents from Joe Glass, Brown’s longtime representative who sparred with the Knicks owner during their well-publicized contract dispute in 2006. Glass had done all of Woodson’s prior contracts but The Post reported two weeks ago Dolan requested he make a change. Glass told The Post yesterday he was "upset'' with Woodson for firing him. “At the end of the day, we got to do what’s best for Woody,’’ Brown said. “He’s going to have a long relationship with Dolan and that situation should not effect Mike Woodson. You know how it ended with me. It got heated between Mr. Dolan and Joe. Woody shouldn’t be penalized for that. I tried to tell everybody, the most important thing is to give Woody an opportunity to work for the Knicks. New York Post

May 13, 2012 Updates

Responding to reports, including in The Post, that owner James Dolan requested Woodson to drop Larry Brown’s representative, Joe Glass, a team spokesman said Woodson has no qualms about finding a new agent but declined to comment further comment because his representation is “my personal business.’’ Glass and Dolan feuded during Brown’s 2006 contract dispute. Nevertheless, a person close to Brown said Glass’ recent hospitalization and hip surgery was also a factor. “The parting was necessary and mutual,” the source said. “They remain great friends.’’ New York Post

May 11, 2012 Updates

Mike Woodson’s relationship with Larry Brown didn’t prevent the Knicks from hiring him last summer, but in order to keep the job long term the coach has, at the urging of Madison Square Garden management, distanced himself from the Hall of Famer. Woodson’s contract negotiations with the Knicks began last week when the interim head coach decided to fire his agent, Joe Glass, who also represents Brown, the Daily News has learned. For five years and up until last Friday, Woodson had been represented by Glass, who negotiated Brown’s five-year, $50 million contract with the Knicks in the summer of 2005. New York Daily News

Knicks owner James Dolan loves interim coach Mike Woodson, but he doesn’t like his agent Joe Glass, Larry Brown’s former rep. According to multiple sources, Woodson is seeking a new agent at Dolan’s request because of the bad blood still festering from when the Knicks owner went to war with Glass in a Brown contract dispute in 2006. New York Post

Brown spent one tumultuous season as Knicks coach before Garden chairman James Dolan fired him with cause. The ugly divorce ended with a settlement in October of 2006, in which Brown received an $18.5 million payout. The bitterness from that break-up apparently still exists since, according to a source, Woodson was advised that it would be in his interests to change agents. A person close to Woodson denies that the Garden influenced his decision, saying only that Woodson felt changing representation would assure of him of signing a long-term deal with the club. New York Daily News

May 1, 2012 Updates

Jeff Goodman: SMU's Larry Brown has also hired former NBA players Eric Snow (player personnel guy) and George Lynch (strength/conditioning) - per source. Twitter

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