Monday, March 26th, 2012 at 11:05 am  |  28 responses

Larry Brown is Desperate to Coach Again

It’s been over a year since Larry Brown has stalked a basketball sideline, and it’s driving the legendary coach nuts. From the NY Daily News: “The siren may be calling Brown harder, more persistently, than ever before, right now, in his 15th month of being a Hall of Fame coach without a team. ‘It’s been hard, oh man,’ Brown says. ‘I’ve been active every day of my life, doing something I love. I don’t know if it’s an emptiness, (but) it’s a heck of an adjustment.’ He smiles faintly and talks about how great it has been to be more involved with his kids, L.J., 17, and Madison, 15, to be a regular in the car-pool circuit, but doesn’t quite convince himself, or his wife, Shelly, or Jay Wright, the coach of Villanova, where Brown has been a fixture at practices and games the last two seasons. ‘He needs to coach like he needs oxygen,’ Wright says.’He needs to be part of something. It’s what drives him. He just loves it so much.’ […] Ten years after he unwittingly triggered Allen Iverson’s infamous video rant about practice, six years after he spent a miserable and dysfunctional 23-victory year with the Knicks, Larry Brown wants – needs? – to get back in the game. College? Pro? Brown is open to anybody who might want him. He has fame and fortune, the Hall of Fame plaque and enough branches of his coaching tree, friends and protégés and former players, to fill a forest. John Calipari, former Kansas assistant and current Kentucky coach? R.C. Buford, former Kansas player and current Spurs GM? Mike Woodson, former Indiana assistant and current coach on 33rd St.? The branches are everywhere, and Brown almost gets choked up when he thinks about all the interconnections, lives who have touched his, and vice versa. All that Larry Brown needs right now is a team. ‘When I look in the mirror, I know I’m 71, but I have the same knowledge of the game and love of the game as ever,’ Brown says. ‘My thirst for learning might never have been greater. I’ve got so much in my mind that I was taught and that I want to share, carrying on what I learned from Coach (Frank) McGuire, Coach Smith, coach (John) McLendon, Mr. (Henry) Iba. I want to be involved. I just want to be back in the game.’ […] ‘I’ve been so fortunate to learn from the people I’ve learned from, to be around so many great people,’ Brown says. ‘I have a desire to keep coaching and to share what I’ve been taught. I really believe I have something to offer, and that if somebody wants somebody who cares about the game, that an opportunity will present itself.’”

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  • http://slamonline.com datkid

    Heat or clippers. preferably clippers but whatever.

  • Patrick


  • RunNGun

    To the LAkers… make it happen, Buss Jr.!

  • Ismael


  • the don

    if he goes to the wiz theres a big chance of him getting a heart-attack

  • Chris

    He started the unraveling of that Pistons team in 2005 with his antics…and he hasn’t done a single worthwhile thing since. Respect his past work, but I think his time as a head coach needed to end

  • markorsomething

    i think he did amazing with the bobcats that one year that they made the playoffs. He was able to actually make something out of f***ed up situation in Charlotte. His biggest problem is his commitment to teams. He also left said team after a little less than a year.

  • crooklyn

    Hey Larry, do the world a favor and coach all these HS “stars” and teach them the fundamentals at both ends of the court. Kinda tired of hearing players like Amare’ talking about learning defense AFTER they are in the league.

  • http://www.slamonline.com TADOne


  • Sam

    Brooklyn born and raised, a former employee of Billy King, I see nothing but NETS! in LB’s coaching future. Get it done, Billy!

  • fitzy

    wait he’s 71 and has kids that are 15 and 17?

  • http://slamonline.com YKnot

    “If I can make it there, I’ll make it anywhere it’s up to you…….

  • Rainman

    I know everyone is jsut speculating on teams he can coach, but is anyone else seeing the problem here? THis guy is addicted , he’s gonna die on the bench or something. It can turn out to be not very healthy at all for him in the future

  • Kadavour

    @fitzy stole my comment

  • bike

    Some guys never grow up.

  • http://slamonline house

    He’s 71? Yikes!

  • Tom Lubin

    He has so much to still teach – It is a shame that he is not at least in the background like Tex Winters did for so many years. It would take a strong younger coach to want and utilize his advice. Larry still loves the game and should be passing on to the young coaches some of what he has learned over the last 50 or so years.

  • MirChilly

    I agree with @crooklyn. Build up the HS kids is what he should do. Let him take over the National Program and have him run the 16-19′s every summer. 3years under Larry Brown for these talented kids will do a world of good for their game.

  • http://www.twitter.com DFrance21

    Brown needs to just stay retired. he gets bored too quickly and then he goes looking for a way out.

  • diane

    Get another coach for the laker. He dont take care of the player or give them any respect as a team get rid of him. Get a real coach!!!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    Drama drama drama…

  • blakos


  • http://www.michaelcho.com M Cho

    Problem is at this point, his legacy works against him. Sure everyone knows he’s a great coach…but he’s not going to inspire loyalty from the players because they know at the first sign of trouble, he’s gonna bolt. Or if he gets a more attractive offer, he’s gonna leave. Hard to play hard for a coach who’s rep the last 8 years has been of leaving teams high and dry.

  • hushabomb

    What would be great is if he takes on a coaching role at college or NBDL. They young kids there need as much coaching and development. Or better still is hold master classes like when he went to UK and showed the kids his knowledge of the game. I’m sure Coach Cal would have been pleased.

  • Clydesays

    He’s just looking for the next job to quit. If anyone signs him it should be a one year non-guaranteed deal. If he starts talking about his ‘next job’ halfway through the season, he doesn’t get paid. He’s probably been paid more NOT to coach at this point….

  • thecomputerdude

    Larry Brown please sit your ass down somewhere..

  • Scot Peirson

    Why??!? He constantly has left teams high and dry. The two college programs he had ended up getting visits by the NCAA Fun Police. When he has had NBA teams, he has constantly complained about his rosters and left his GMs out of the loop when talking to other teams about trades. Even in winning his NBA title, I don’t feel that any coach has ever used up his cache from winning said title faster than Brown–but part of that is from the way he butchered the Olympic team in Athens, as well as his negotiations with Dan Gilbert (Another sterling light in the NBA communuity) while his Pistons were in the NBA playoffs (Do not forget that the late William Davidson removed any and all mention of Larry Brown from the 2003-2004 season). With Larry, what you get is a coach who says to his team, “If we win, it’s because I did a great job coaching. If we lose, it’s because you did a lousy job playing.” He’ll only get a job if a team thinks it’s close to winning it all and the players would only have to stomach him for a relatively short time–say, two years. Unless it’s Miami–because DWade and LBJ likely want nothing to do with him after Athens 2004…

  • Jim

    I had the pleasure of meeting Coach Brown after the Kansas-UNC game on Sunday. One of my coaching idols. Please get him back into coaching.