Larry Brown Rumors

Larry Brown, who coached for a long time against Jackson’s triangle, thinks his former counterpart should either stop forcing the system on Hornacek or coach the Knicks himself. “I can’t figure out how you can hire a coach and tell him how you want him to play,” Brown told Sirius XM NBA Radio on Tuesday. “I can’t figure out how you can draft players for a coach that you know coaches a certain a style, and was successful doing that style, and get him to play a style that you feel comfortable with. Then you coach. You’re talking about one of the greatest coaches in the history of our sport. Let him coach. If he wants to do the triangle, put it in and let him coach it, and then teach everybody around and get the players who are comfortable playing it.”
At the end of an otherwise dispiriting conversation, Hammond mentioned casually that he was leaving town the next day. “Where are you going?” I asked. “Greece,” he said. Memories of the trip have become blurred in the recounting: Antetokounmpo’s coach, idling outside the gym on a scooter, smoking a cigarette; Antetokounmpo’s teammates, nearly twice his age, coming straight to pregame warmups from their day jobs; Antetokounmpo’s parents, sitting high in the stands, as their beanstalk son deftly ran the point for Filathlitikos in the Greek second division. Hammond flashed back to a line that coach Larry Brown once told him. “For some people the game goes 110 miles per hour. For others, it goes 70.” Afterward Antetokounmpo’s Greek agents drove Hammond through Athens. “I don’t know what’s going to happen to this guy,” the GM said from the backseat. “But his life is about to change in a major way.”
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.