HoopsHype Larry Brown rumors

December 12, 2014 Updates

Van Gundy, after practice today here, said he appreciated the opportunity to discuss the 3-19 Pistons' issues with the last coach to win a championship here. Brown, now head coach at Southern Methodist University, was coach of the 2004 Pistons. Van Gundy said he called Brown about a week ago. "I've talked to Stan," Brown said on Frank Isola's and Mitch Lawrence's morning show. "He reached out to me a while ago. I admire him. I think he's a hell of a coach. I told him, 'Look, you're the coach, general manager, president, all the people on your staff love you and care about you. You've had success before. Just do what you do.' It's a process." Booth Newspapers

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“I hate what’s going on in Philly,” he told The Philadelphia Inquirer. “They don’t have a basketball person in the organization. It makes me sick to my stomach.” In an email, N.B.A. Commissioner Adam Silver dismissed Brown’s nausea, saying: “First of all, no team goes on the court trying to lose games. What’s sometimes labeled tanking in our league is, in my view, more accurately described as rebuilding. Unfortunately, rebuilding a team is not easy in any league and takes time and careful planning.” New York Times

November 3, 2014 Updates
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An organizational reliance on analytics is something that especially drew Brown's ire. "I hate what's going on in Philly," Brown told the Philadelphia Inquirer on Wednesday. "They don't have a basketball person in the organization. It makes me sick to my stomach. "These analytics, they don't mean squat to me. Throw it up against the wall and see if it sticks. To say that these analytics guys have the answer is crazy. It doesn't apply to basketball. Everybody uses the data you get, but that's what coaching is. Maybe it will work, I don't know. But it's a shame what those fans are going through waiting to see if it will." Newark Star-Ledger

"Can you imagine telling Allen Iverson that this is a rebuilding season so we're going to be bad on purpose?" Brown asked. "I love [Nerlens] Noel, I love Joel [Embiid]. But you can't put that stuff into them. Again, it boggles my mind. I understand you have to get assets to get better. You get assets by developing young players, draft picks, and moving contracts. But how much teaching is going on? "What they are doing to that city to me is mind-boggling. That's the greatest basketball city in the world with its fans and you want them to sit back and watch you lose." Newark Star-Ledger

July 22, 2014 Updates

Mudiay, 19, had been faced with eligibility issues for his freshman season at Southern Methodist University under Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown and made the decision to play in China before becoming eligible for the 2015 NBA draft. Yahoo! Sports

June 22, 2014 Updates

Buford talked about the future of the Spurs without Tim Duncan and Gregg Popovich, although they are likely to stay together at least one more season. Buford, a former assistant coach under Larry Brown and lead scout, is preparing for life after Duncan and Popovich — whenever that comes. “The Spurs Way has been different over the course of time,” Buford said. “It’s been built to fit the strengths of our teams. [Popovich and I] grew up under Coach Brown, and Larry thinks there’s a wino on the street with a perfect out-of-bounds play. He’ll listen to anybody. And I think we grew up under that burden.” Boston Globe

June 4, 2014 Updates

As for the idea that Brown may be leaving SMU anytime soon, he said he’s happy where he is. Beyond the fact that his Mustangs team went from 15-17 in his first season to 27-10 in 2013-14, he’s enjoying the unique chance to be near his son, L.J, who just finished his freshman year at SMU. “I’m just so thankful SMU gave me this chance,” Brown said. “We have made such progress. We’ve got a bunch of young kids already committed for the future and I’d love to finish it out here. ... I’d love to see (the Lakers) get a great coach, because I love Mitch and I love that franchise. But I’m thrilled where I am. I feel so fortunate I’ve had this chance.” Detroit Free Press

June 3, 2014 Updates

As for the idea that Brown may be leaving SMU anytime soon, he said he's happy where he is. Beyond the fact that his Mustangs team went from 15-17 in his first season to 27-10 in 2013-14, he's enjoying the unique chance to be near his son, L.J, who just finished his freshman year at SMU. "I'm just so thankful SMU gave me this chance," Brown said. "We have made such progress. We've got a bunch of young kids already committed for the future and I'd love to finish it out here. ... I'd love to see (the Lakers) get a great coach, because I love Mitch and I love that franchise. But I'm thrilled where I am. I feel so fortunate I've had this chance." USA Today Sports

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It is obvious that Woodson didn’t appreciate being shut out by Jackson once the Zen Master joined the franchise last month as the Knicks’ newest savior. Former Knicks coach Larry Brown, Woodson’s mentor, raised that precise issue last week on SiriusXM NBA Radio when he said that Jackson is “not talking to” Woodson. “I’m sick about what’s happening with Michael,” Brown added. “He’s out on the limb and that’s not fair. For a guy that really turned that franchise around and made people proud of the way they played I don’t think he’s been treated fairly and that really bothers me.” New York Daily News

April 17, 2014 Updates

Brown, a former coach of the Knicks, has expressed his discontent with the organization of late, and the treatment of current coach Mike Woodson. He’s also been skeptical of the reasoning behind Jackson coming out of retirement as an executive, not as a coach. “If you’re going to hire Phil Jackson, who is probably as great a coach as we’ve ever had in our sport, why didn’t he coach?” He later went on saying, “If you’re going to do this job, it’s a full time job.” He continued to question the validation ofJackson’s role, saying, “To think that you can run a franchise like the Knicks, and not be there 24/7, and you’re going to do it from sitting in the stands, I don’t know if that’s going to be possible.” 1045 The Team ESPN Radio

Along with the time spent into the job, the scheme that Phil Jackson is famous for engineering and implementing (The Triangle Offense) may not translate with Coach Mike Woodson and the players on the court. “I don’t think it’s a good marriage because Phil believes in the triangle, and Mike played for Bobby Knight, who’s a huge influence on him… and I don’t think he has the same kind of philosophy Phil has.” 1045 The Team ESPN Radio

April 13, 2014 Updates

SMU coach Larry Brown says incoming point guard Emmanuel Mudiay is “the best player in the country” and will be a lottery pick in the 2015 NBA Draft. “It ain’t even close,” Brown told SNY.tv Friday at the Coaches’ Clinic at Roselle Catholic High School. “He’s 6-5, he can just play. He makes people better, he can defend, he can rebound. “He’s going to be a lottery pick if I don’t screw up.” ZagsBlog.com

“He was the best player,” Brown said. “And I love [Jahlil] Okafor, [Stanley] Johnson and Justin Jackson. There are a lot of great players, but in my mind he’s the best player. And that’s not taking anything away from any of those other kids.” Mudiay will represent the Congo on the International team in the Nike Hoop Summit on Saturday. ZagsBlog.com

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