Hubie Brown Rumors
Sager’s job requires remaining cool and composed in pressure or uncomfortable situations. There was no situation more uncomfortable than when he conducted a walkoff interview with mercurial forward Larry Johnson. “I always try to play off what [play-by-play man] Marv [Albert] and the guys are saying,” Sager said. “We had Hubie Brown analyzing the game and Larry Johnson was doing it all. Hubie was going, ‘That’s the way Larry Johnson should play, he should get back to the way he used to play. That’s great to see.’ And halftime we walk off the court and he was with the Knicks and I say, ‘Larry, Hubie Brown was just commenting about how well you were playing.’ [Johnson said], ‘You can tell Hubie to go [expletive] himself. He’s not my coach.’ I go, ‘uh, OK.’ ”
Extrapolate the decline in isolations during the past decade and it’s possible that they, like Bryant’s career, could be in their final days. As with post-ups, however, observers don’t anticipate isolations dying out completely. There will always be a value to putting your best scorer in a situation that makes it difficult for opponents to bring help. “All offenses since the beginning of team ultimately get guys in one-on-one situations,” ESPN analyst Hubie Brown noted.
From 1993-94 until now, who are five coaches you have most enjoyed interacting with? Marc Stein: I’m incredibly blessed at ESPN, where I’ve had the chance to work closely with a bunch of great ones. Trying, again, to do this off the top of my head, I’m thinking of Hubie Brown, Rick Carlisle, Avery Johnson, Doug Collins, Mark Jackson, P.J. Carlesimo, Paul Silas, Jeff Van Gundy, George Karl and, of course, Dr. Jack Ramsay, who sadly passed away recently.
Watson told CSNNW.com earlier this year that if he were to obtain a head coaching job in the NBA next season, he would reach out to Coach Hubie Brown to gauge his interest in exiting his ESPN color commentating gig to become his lead assistant. It would be similar to what Jason Kidd did by bringing on Lawrence Frank.
Brown, who loves Watson as if he were his own son, said if things materialized in that fashion, he would have to entertain Watson’s proposal, but said it would have to include little, to no traveling due to him getting up there in years. “I’m 80 years old and I’ll be 81 in September, but I wouldn’t mine doing the practices at home,” Brown told CSNNW.com. “You never know what could happen. He is a top professional. He has a high IQ, very coachable and very bright. He doesn’t miss a thing. He’s very inquisitive. He sees things, but picks his spots. I always say that he was one of the toughest kids to ever play for me. He’ll make an excellent NBA head coach.”