Larry Brown Rumors
Larry Brown, the Brooklyn-born Basketball Hall of Famer, is telling pals he wants to become the coach of the East Hampton HS varsity hoops team. Brown has a house in East Hampton and, at 76, no longer likes the travel involved with the NBA, or with college basketball, for that matter. “He always said he wanted to end his career coaching high-school basketball. I think it’s tremendous,” Peter Vecsey, who covered the NBA for The Post, told me.
Here’s the full transcript of Iverson’s response in the video above from MassLive.com: “That’s the only thing that got me here, my teammates and my coaches. That’s the only reason I’m here. All those guys sacrificed their games and sacrificed different things for me to be honored like this. Without them, it wouldn’t have happened. “Without my coaches putting me in a position to succeed, Mike Bailey did it, my high school level, coach Thompson did it, college level. And Larry Brown molded me into an MVP and a Hall of Fame player. Without those guys, I wouldn’t be here. I didn’t do this by myself, man. There was so many people, so many fans that came in there and cheered for me night in and night out, and so many people supported me and believed in me. They made it so easy for me to believe in myself because I didn’t want to let them down. I wanted my fans and my family and my friends to be proud of me, so it was easy for me to go out there night in and night out.”
Scott Howard-Cooper: Larry Brown, Julius Erving and John Thompson for Allen Iverson. And as Shaq hoped, Dr. J, Alonzo Mourning, Bill Russell and Isiah Thomas.
Stephon Marbury (2004 Olympian, USA): To me it was simple: they picked the wrong coach at the time. Jefferson: Obviously it’s well documented the Stephon Marbury-Larry Brown situation with the Knicks, and that started with the USA team. Everybody knows about Larry Brown and Allen Iverson. So there was a lot of conflict on that team.
“I don’t regret nothing in my life,” Iverson said, before listing one small regret concerning his time in Philadelphia with coach Larry Brown. “But if I could have a wish as an athlete, I wish I had bought into what he was trying to give me all along. I was just being defiant, being a certified asshole for nothing, when all he wanted was the best for me. I didn’t take constructive criticism the way I should have. When I finally caught up to that, that’s when I went to being the MVP.”