I’m still upset about the end of the NFL season, so there could never be a better time to write about my least favorite subject, Larry Brown. He took a job as executive VP of the Sixers. Of course he did. Kind of interesting that he would emerge with a team that is on its way to the lottery, has already been to rock bottom (I hope), and changes coaches every five minutes. But wait, Larry Brown says he’s not interested. Here is the quote:
“I didn’t come here to be involved in the coaching. After last year, I think I need to step away from coaching for a while, and I’m 66. I don’t know if that’s what I’m looking to do.”
His word means less than nothing to me. Larry Brown will be coaching the 76ers next season. You can come back to this post on some Nick Saban ish to revisit the lie down the road. Mo Cheeks is going to be his assistant, much like he made Herb Williams with the Knicks. So, when the announcement is made, please do not act surprised. Enough talk about the future. Let’s look back at the past. I want to give a special shout out to NBA.com for not updating Larry’s bio page, other than putting the drastic drop-off of his final year in the stat box.
Some of my favorite excerpts from the nba.com bio include:
“Larry Brown is not just one of the best coaches in the NBA today, but in its history,’ says Knicks President, Basketball Operations Isiah Thomas. “He has made every team he has ever coached a winner, with a legendary approach to teaching and motivating his players. His value to us as a franchise at this time is immeasurable.”
“I look forward to coaching this team; I look forward to working with Isiah,” says Brown. “I think it’s an unbelievable responsibility to our sport, coaching in New York, because the fans are probably the most knowledgeable, or as knowledgeable as any team in the League. If you play the right way, being in this environment, you help our sport, and I don’t take that lightly. I look forward to the challenge. I know it’s not going to be easy, but nothing worthwhile is supposed to be easy.”
Good luck Philadelphia. You may have given us an NFL playoff defeat, but we’re giving you back Larry Brown. Advantage: NYC.