Larry Brown Rumors
According to La Stampa and Tuttosport, Italian side Fiat Torino is looking for an experienced coach for an assistant position. Torino reportedly had a conversation with veteran coach Larry Brown, offering him a ‘senior assistant’ role in Paolo Galbiati’s coaching staff. Brown, who’s still without a job after leaving SMU in 2016, will give a final answer in a couple of days but he looks more interested in a head coach rather than an assistant one. This is not the first time that Brown has been linked to Italian basketball, in the past, he was contacted by Pallacanestro Cantù.
Any coach would love to have a player who does all that — except for one. More than a decade ago when Ariza was a second-year player, his coach with the New York Knicks, Hall of Famer Larry Brown, thought Ariza shouldn’t shoot from the perimeter. Like ever. “He told me not to even look at the basket or shoot the ball,” said Ariza, 32. “I was definitely afraid to shoot. I just wouldn’t. I would not shoot.”
Brown, Woodson and Knicks general manager Scott Perry were together in Detroit in the early 2000s during glorious times for the Pistons. Perry was Detroit’s top college scout. Woodson was Brown’s assistant with the Pistons and also in Philadelphia. “I’ve read a whole lot of qualified candidates, but I can’t imagine anyone being more qualified than Mike,’’ Brown told The Post in a phone interview. “Mike’s family to me, we speak almost daily. I have a lot of admiration for him. He’s close to Bobby Knight. I think the world of him. When he was in New York, I thought he did a really good job. The year they struggled, they lost Jason [Kidd], Rasheed [Wallace] and Kurt Thomas. Those were three older, responsible leaders and great teammates. Mike loved New York. He had a great relationship with [owner] Mr. [James] Dolan.
A source told CBS Sports one person Hardaway would likely target for a position on staff is Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown. Coincidentally, or perhaps not, Brown was on 92.9 FM ESPN in Memphis on Feb. 26 and spoke glowingly about Hardaway.