Larry Brown (basketball)

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Larry Brown
Larry Brown 2005.jpg
Brown in 2005
Personal information
Born (1940-09-14) September 14, 1940 (age 78)
Brooklyn, New York
NationalityAmerican
Listed height5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Listed weight165 lb (75 kg)
Career information
High schoolLong Beach
(Lido Beach, New York)
CollegeNorth Carolina (1960–1963)
NBA draft1963 / Round: 7 / Pick: 55th overall
Selected by the Baltimore Bullets
Playing career1967–1972
PositionPoint guard
Number11
Coaching career1969–present
Career history
As player:
1967–1968New Orleans Buccaneers
19681971Oakland Oaks / Washington Caps / Virginia Squires
19711972Denver Rockets
As coach:
1965–1967North Carolina (assistant)
19721974Carolina Cougars
19741979Denver Nuggets
1979–1981UCLA
19811983New Jersey Nets
1983–1988Kansas
19881992San Antonio Spurs
19921993Los Angeles Clippers
19931997Indiana Pacers
19972003Philadelphia 76ers
20032005Detroit Pistons
2005–2006New York Knicks
20082010Charlotte Bobcats
2012–2016SMU
2018Auxilium Torino
Career highlights and awards
As player:

As coach:

Career ABA statistics
Points4,229 (11.2 ppg)
Rebounds1,005 (2.7 rpg)
Assists2,509 (6.7 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com
Basketball Hall of Fame as coach
College Basketball Hall of Fame
Inducted in 2006

Lawrence Harvey Brown (born September 14, 1940) is an American basketball coach and former player who was most recently the head coach for Auxilium Torino of the Italian Lega Basket Serie A (LBA) and EuroCup Basketball. Brown is the only coach in basketball history to win both an NCAA national championship (Kansas Jayhawks, 1988) and an NBA title (Detroit Pistons, 2004). He has a 1,275-965 lifetime professional coaching record in the American Basketball Association (ABA) and the National Basketball Association (NBA) and is the only coach in NBA history to lead eight teams to the playoffs. He also won an ABA championship as a player with the Oakland Oaks in the 1968–69 season, and an Olympic Gold Medal in 1964. He is also the only person ever to coach two NBA franchises in the same season (Spurs and Clippers during the 1991–92 NBA season).[1] Before coaching, Brown played collegiately at the University of North Carolina and professionally in the ABA.

Brown was enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame as a coach on September 27, 2002. Although widely considered one of the greatest coaches in basketball history, he has developed a reputation for constantly looking for better coaching opportunities and frequently switching teams or programs before the expiration of his contract.[2]

Early life and early basketball accomplishments[edit]

Brown is Jewish,[3] and was born in Brooklyn, New York.[4] His maternal grandfather Hittelman was from Minsk, Belarus, and his mother's family immigrated to the United States in 1910 and opened a bakery in Brooklyn.[5] His mother met his father Milton Brown, a furniture salesman, when she was 26 years old.[5] He has an older brother, Herbert, who has been an NBA head coach.[5] In 1947 his father died suddenly of an aneurysm.[5] His family moved first to Brooklyn, then to Long Beach, New York, on Long Island.[5] His mother lived until the age of 106.[5]

A 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) point guard, Brown attended Long Beach High School.[6] He won a gold medal with Team USA in basketball at the 1961 Maccabiah Games.[7]

Brown attended University of North Carolina, where he played basketball under legendary coaches Frank McGuire and Dean Smith. Brown was an All-Atlantic Coast Conference player in 1963.[7]

Playing career[edit]

A stellar player for the Tar Heels in the early 1960s, Brown was considered too small to play in the NBA. He began his post-college career with the NABL's Akron Wingfoots, where he played for two years (1964–65). During that time, Brown was selected for the 1964 Summer Olympics team, on which he played and with which he won a gold medal,[3] while also leading the Wingfoots to the 1964 AAU National Championship.

After a brief stint as an assistant coach at North Carolina, Brown joined the upstart American Basketball Association, playing with the New Orleans Buccaneers (1967–68), Oakland Oaks (1968–69), Washington Caps (1969–70), Virginia Squires (1970–71), and Denver Rockets (1971–72). Brown was named MVP of the ABA's first All-Star Game in 1968, and was named to the All-ABA Second Team the same year. Brown led the ABA in assists per game during the league's first three seasons, and when he ended his playing career, Brown was the ABA's all-time assist leader. His total of 2,509 assists places him seventh on the ABA's career list, and he holds the ABA record for assists in a game with 23.[8] He was a three-time ABA All-Star.[9]

Coaching and management career[edit]

Early years: 1969-1983[edit]

Brown's first head coaching job was at Davidson College in North Carolina in 1969. Unfortunately for Wildcat fans, it would only last during the summer offseason and he never coached a game.[10] Brown moved on to the ABA and coached with the Carolina Cougars and then the Denver Nuggets, who later joined the NBA in 1976, for five and a half seasons from 1974 to 1979. He then moved on to coach for UCLA (1979–1981), leading his freshman-dominated 1979–80 team to the NCAA title game before falling to Louisville, 59–54. However, that appearance was later vacated by the NCAA after two UCLA players were found to be ineligible—one of the few times a Final Four squad has had its record vacated. Brown was the head coach for the NBA's New Jersey Nets for two years following that, from 1981 to 1983.

University of Kansas: 1983-1988[edit]

Brown began his tenure at the University of Kansas (1983–1988), replacing the fired Ted Owens, who had overseen back-to-back losing seasons in 1981-82 and 1982-83. Brown's impact was felt almost immediately, as the 1983-84 Jayhawks put together a 22-10 record, finished in second place in that year's Big 8 standings upset Oklahoma to win the 1984 Big 8 Tournament, and advanced to the 1984 NCAA Tournament's Round of 32 before losing to Wake Forest. In the meantime Brown signed the most coveted high school player in the country, Danny Manning, to play for KU after signing his father, Ed Manning, to a position as an assistant coach.

Perhaps Brown's finest team at Kansas was the 1985-86 team. This squad put together a 35-4 record, the first 30-win season in KU history. They won the Big 8 regular season title for the first time since 1978, defeated Iowa State to win the 1986 Big 8 Tournament, and advanced to the 1986 Final Four before losing to Duke in the semifinals.

In the 1987-88 season, Kansas got off to a mediocre 12–8 start, including 1–4 in the Big 8, and the end of the Jayhawks' 55-game homecourt winning streak in Allen Fieldhouse. Ultimately, behind the high-scoring of Danny Manning, KU rallied to win nine of their next twelve games to finish third place in the Big 8 and qualify for the 1988 NCAA Tournament as a 6-seed in the Midwest Regional. Kansas then proceeded to defeat 11th-seed Xavier, 14th-seed Murray State, and 7th-seed Vanderbilt before meeting rival Kansas State, which had beaten KU twice in three meetings that year. KU upset the 4th-seeded Wildcats 71-58 in the Elite Eight to reach the Final Four in Kansas City's Kemper Arena. Once there, Kansas upset the East Region's #2 seed Duke, 66-59, avenging an overtime loss at home to the Blue Devils earlier in the season. Two nights later, the Jayhawks, who became known as "Danny and the Miracles", upset the Southeast Region's #1-seed and fellow Big 8 rival Oklahoma, 83-79, to avenge a regular-season sweep by the Sooners and win the 1988 NCAA championship. Manning, who scored 31 points and grabbed 18 rebounds in the final, was named Most Outstanding Player of the Tournament. Kansas concluded the year 27-11; the 11 losses remain a record for most losses by an NCAA champion to this day.

Two months later, Brown opted to return to professional coaching, departing KU for the San Antonio Spurs. In his five seasons at Kansas, Brown had one Big 8 regular season title, two Big 8 postseason titles, five NCAA Tournament appearances, three Sweet 16 appearances, two trips to the Final Four, and one national title. As a collegiate coach, he had a cumulative coaching record of 177–61 (.744) in seven seasons, including a 135–44 (.754) record at Kansas. His efforts led to him being named "Coach of the Year" for the NCAA in 1988 and "Coach of the Year" for the Big Eight Conference in 1986.

After Brown left Kansas to return to the NBA, NCAA sanctions were levied against Kansas in the 1988–89 season as a result of recruiting violations; potential transfer Vincent Askew was provided with money to leave his campus visit to visit his ill grandmother. No players on any of Brown's teams were named in the report, and Askew did not transfer to Kansas.[11]

San Antonio Spurs: 1988-1991[edit]

Brown was hired to coach the San Antonio Spurs in 1988, signing a five-year, $3.5 million contract.[12] With Brown at the helm, the Spurs won the Midwest Division twice. Brown remained with the Spurs until he was fired on January 21, 1992.[13]

Los Angeles Clippers: 1991-1992[edit]

On February 7, 1992, Brown was hired to coach the Los Angeles Clippers.[14] Brown resigned his position on May 21, 1993.[15]

Indiana Pacers: 1993-1997[edit]

Brown was hired by the Indiana Pacers in June 1993.[16] He resigned his position in 1997.[17]

Philadelphia 76ers: 1997-2003[edit]

Brown was hired as head coach of the Philadelphia 76ers in 1997. Under his leadership, the team reached the 2001 NBA Finals. Brown was named NBA Coach of the Year following the 2000-2001 season. Brown resigned is post in 2003. Brown also served as Director of Basketball Operations in Philadelphia.[18]

In 2005, Allen Iverson, who frequently clashed with Brown when he played for him in Philadelphia, said that he was without a doubt "the best coach in the world."[19]

Detroit Pistons: 2003-2005[edit]

Brown won his first (and ultimately only) NBA Championship during his first year with the Detroit Pistons in 2004, defeating the Los Angeles Lakers four games to one in the 2004 NBA Finals. By doing so, Brown became the first, and so far only, man to coach teams to both NCAA and NBA titles. Brown is also the only NBA coach to take two teams (76ers and Pistons) to the NBA Finals against the same opponent (Los Angeles Lakers in 2001 and 2004), lose the first time, and win the second.

In May 2005, rumors surfaced that Brown would become the Cleveland Cavaliers' team president as soon as the Detroit Pistons finished their postseason. The rumor, which was not dispelled by Brown, became a major distraction as the Pistons lost to the San Antonio Spurs in seven games in the 2005 NBA Finals.[citation needed]

On July 19, 2005, the Pistons--displeased with Brown's public flirtations with other teams--bought out the remaining years of Brown's contract, allowing him to sign with another team.[20][21] A week later, on July 28, 2005, Brown became the head coach of the New York Knicks,[22] with a 5-year contract reportedly worth between US$50 million and $60 million, making him the highest-paid coach in NBA history.

New York Knicks: 2005-2006[edit]

On January 13, 2006, the Knicks beat the Atlanta Hawks to give Brown his 1,000th win in the NBA, making him only the fourth coach to do so (at the time, the other three were Lenny Wilkens, Don Nelson, and Pat Riley; coincidentally, all three had coached the Knicks at various points).[23]

Brown's tenure as Knicks head coach lasted one season. The Knicks fired him on June 23, 2006 after he led the team to a 23–59 record. Brown's season with the Knicks was marred by public feuds with his own players, most notably point guard Stephon Marbury.[24] After the firing, the Knicks declined to pay the remaining sum (more than $40 million) under Brown's contract on the grounds that he had been terminated for cause. Before the contract dispute was to be heard by NBA Commissioner David Stern, Brown reached an agreement with the Knicks wherein the team agreed to pay him $18.5 million.[25]

Philadelphia 76ers (front office): 2007-2008[edit]

In January 2007, Brown became Executive Vice President of the Philadelphia 76ers.[26] Brown resigned in April 2008.[27]

Charlotte Bobcats (Charlotte Hornets): 2008-2010[edit]

On April 29, 2008, Brown signed to become the head coach of the Charlotte Bobcats – his ninth NBA coaching job.[28] He managed to keep the relatively young team in playoff contention. The following season, Brown guided the Bobcats to the franchise's first-ever playoff appearance. Charlotte was the eighth team he had led to the postseason, an NBA record.

On December 22, 2010, Brown parted ways with the Bobcats after the team started the 2010-2011 season with a record of 9–19. His departure was officially characterized as a resignation, but other sources reported that Brown was fired.[29][30] Assistant coach Jeff Capel II told The Charlotte Observer that the entire coaching staff had been fired.[29]

Southern Methodist University: 2012-2016[edit]

On April 17, 2012, ESPN reported that Brown was to be named the new head coach of the SMU Mustangs, replacing Matt Doherty, who had been fired from SMU earlier in March. Tim Jankovich, the head coach of Illinois State, was hired as the coach-in-waiting.[31]

After a rebuilding season in 2012–2013 (15-17), Brown brought SMU into the national conversation the following year, leading the team to a 27-10 record in the 2013–2014 season.[citation needed] SMU went on to be the overall number one seed in the National Invitational Tournament, losing in the final game of the tournament to Minnesota.[citation needed] On September 29, 2015, Brown was suspended by the NCAA for 30% of the Mustangs' games in the upcoming 2015–2016 season, and the team was banned from 2016 post-season play, placed on probation for 3 years, and lost 9 scholarships over a 3-year period. The NCAA found that Brown failed to report violations when a former administrative assistant committed academic fraud on behalf of a student-athlete and he initially lied to enforcement staff about his knowledge of the potential violations.[32]

On July 8, 2016 Brown announced his resignation as head basketball coach.[33]

Auxilium Torino: 2018[edit]

On June 12, 2018, Brown accepted the proposal of Auxilium Torino to became the new head coach of the Italian basketball club of the Lega Basket Serie A (LBA).[34] On June 17, he officially became new head coach of Torino.[35] He was fired midseason on December 27 with the team's record at just 5–19.[36]

Other coaching experience[edit]

Brown was also chosen as the head coach for the USA men's basketball team at the 2004 Summer Olympics which earned a bronze medal, a major disappointment.[citation needed]

Head coaching record[edit]

ABA and NBA[edit]

Legend
Regular season G Games coached W Games won L Games lost W–L % Win–loss %
Post season PG Playoff games PW Playoff wins PL Playoff losses PW–L % Playoff win–loss %
Team Year G W L W–L% Finish PG PW PL PW–L% Result
Carolina* 1972–73 84 57 27 .679 1st in East 12 7 5 .583 Lost in Division Finals
Carolina* 1973–74 84 47 37 .560 3rd in East 4 0 4 .000 Lost in Division Semifinals
Denver* 1974–75 84 65 19 .774 1st in West 13 7 6 .538 Lost in Division Finals
Denver* 1975–76 84 60 24 .714 1st in West 13 6 7 .462 Lost in ABA Finals
Denver 1976–77 82 50 32 .610 1st in Midwest 6 2 4 .333 Lost in Conf. Semifinals
Denver 1977–78 82 48 34 .585 1st in Midwest 13 6 7 .462 Lost in Conf. Finals
Denver 1978–79 53 28 25 .528
New Jersey 1981–82 82 44 38 .537 3rd in Atlantic 2 0 2 .000 Lost in First Round
New Jersey 1982–83 76 47 29 .618
San Antonio 1988–89 82 21 61 .256 5th in Midwest Missed Playoffs
San Antonio 1989–90 82 56 26 .683 1st in Midwest 10 6 4 .600 Lost in Conf. Semifinals
San Antonio 1990–91 82 55 27 .671 1st in Midwest 4 1 3 .250 Lost in First Round
San Antonio 1991–92 38 21 17 .553
L.A. Clippers 1991–92 35 23 12 .657 5th in Pacific 5 2 3 .400 Lost in First Round
L.A. Clippers 1992–93 82 41 41 .500 5th in Pacific 5 2 3 .400 Lost in First Round
Indiana 1993–94 82 47 35 .573 4th in Central 16 10 6 .625 Lost in Conf. Finals
Indiana 1994–95 82 52 30 .634 1st in Central 17 10 7 .588 Lost in Conf. Finals
Indiana 1995–96 82 52 30 .634 2nd in Central 5 2 3 .400 Lost in First Round
Indiana 1996–97 82 39 43 .476 6th in Central Missed Playoffs
Philadelphia 1997–98 82 31 51 .378 7th in Atlantic Missed Playoffs
Philadelphia 1998–99 50 28 22 .560 3rd in Atlantic 8 3 5 .375 Lost in Conf. Semifinals
Philadelphia 1999–00 82 49 33 .598 3rd in Atlantic 10 5 5 .500 Lost in Conf. Semifinals
Philadelphia 2000–01 82 56 26 .683 1st in Atlantic 23 12 11 .522 Lost in NBA Finals
Philadelphia 2001–02 82 43 39 .524 4th in Atlantic 5 2 3 .400 Lost in First Round
Philadelphia 2002–03 82 48 34 .585 2nd in Atlantic 12 6 6 .500 Lost in Conf. Semifinals
Detroit 2003–04 82 54 28 .659 2nd in Central 23 16 7 .696 Won NBA Championship
Detroit 2004–05 82 54 28 .659 1st in Central 25 15 10 .600 Lost in NBA Finals
New York 2005–06 82 23 59 .280 5th in Atlantic Missed Playoffs
Charlotte 2008–09 82 35 47 .427 4th in Southeast Missed Playoffs
Charlotte 2009–10 82 44 38 .537 3rd in Southeast 4 0 4 .000 Lost in First Round
Charlotte 2010–11 28 9 19 .321
NBA Career 2,002 1,098 904 .548 193 100 93 .518
ABA Career 336 229 107 .682 42 20 22 .476
Career Total 2,338 1,327 1,011 .568 235 120 115 .511

College[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
UCLA Bruins (Pacific-10 Conference) (1979–1981)
1979–80 UCLA 22–10 (17-9) 12–6 4th NCAA Runner-up (vacated)*
1980–81 UCLA 20–7 13–5 3rd NCAA Second Round
UCLA: 37–16 (.698) 25–11 (.694)
Kansas Jayhawks (Big Eight Conference) (1983–1988)
1983–84 Kansas 22–10 9–5 2nd NCAA Second Round
1984–85 Kansas 26–8 11–3 2nd NCAA Second Round
1985–86 Kansas 35–4 13–1 1st NCAA Final Four
1986–87 Kansas 25–11 9–5 T–2nd NCAA Sweet Sixteen
1987–88 Kansas 27–11 9–5 3rd NCAA Champions
Kansas: 135–44 (.754) 51–19 (.729)
SMU Mustangs (Conference USA) (2012–2013)
2012–13 SMU 15–17 5–11 11th
SMU Mustangs (American Athletic Conference) (2013–2016)
2013–14 SMU 27–10 12–6 T–3rd NIT Runner-up
2014–15 SMU 27–7 15–3 1st NCAA Round of 64
2015–16 SMU 25–5 13–5 2nd Ineligible[32]
SMU: 94–39 (.707) 45–24 (.652)
Total: 266–99 (.731)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

Achievements[edit]

  • 1973: Carolina Cougars: ABA Eastern Division regular season champions
  • 1975: Denver Nuggets: ABA Western Division regular season champions
  • 1976: Denver Nuggets: ABA regular season champions (single-division)
  • 1977: Denver Nuggets: NBA Midwest Division Champions
  • 1978: Denver Nuggets: NBA Midwest Division Champions
  • 1980: UCLA: NCAA Championship Game
  • 1984: Kansas: Big Eight Conference Tournament Champions
  • 1986: Kansas: NCAA Final Four & Big Eight Conference & Tournament Champions
  • 1988: Kansas: NCAA National Champions
  • 1990: San Antonio Spurs: NBA Midwest Division Champions
  • 1991: San Antonio Spurs: NBA Midwest Division Champions
  • 1995: Indiana Pacers: NBA Central Division Champions
  • 2001: Philadelphia 76ers: NBA Eastern Conference Champions
  • 2004: Detroit Pistons: NBA Champions
  • 2005: Detroit Pistons: NBA Eastern Conference Champions
  • 2015: SMU Mustangs: American Athletic Conference Champions
  • College: 1 National Championship, 3 Final Fours in 7 seasons
  • Pro: 1 Championship, 3 Conference Championships, 10 Division Championships, 18 Playoff appearances in 26 seasons, 1,098 career NBA wins

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Gerstner, Joanne C. (April 14, 2010). "Are Brown's Eyes Wandering Again?". The New York Times.
  3. ^ a b Paul Taylor. Jews and the Olympic Games: the ... Retrieved October 26, 2011.
  4. ^ The International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame - Joseph M. Siegman
  5. ^ a b c d e f What Makes Larry Run?
  6. ^ Grasso, John (2015). Historical Dictionary of Basketball. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. p. 67 pp. ISBN 978-1442255333.
  7. ^ a b Larry Brown
  8. ^ The Official NBA Basketball Encyclopedia. Villard Books. 1994. p. 209. ISBN 0-679-43293-0.
  9. ^ Brown, Larry : Jews In Sports @ Virtual Museum
  10. ^ "Larry Brown Resigns at Davidson". Reading Eagle. July 3, 1969.
  11. ^ AP (1988-11-02). "N.C.A.A. Acts Against Kansas". NYTimes.com. Retrieved 2016-10-02.
  12. ^ https://www.deseretnews.com/article/7333/COACHES-LIKE-LARRYS-SALARY.html
  13. ^ https://www.deseretnews.com/article/205346/THIS-TIME-SPURS-FIRE-LARRY-BROWN-FOR-REAL-TO-END-STRANGE-EPISODE.html
  14. ^ https://www.nytimes.com/1992/02/07/sports/basketball-brown-s-last-stop-is-job-with-clippers.html
  15. ^ https://www.nytimes.com/1993/05/21/sports/pro-basketball-brown-is-here-there-and-now-nowhere.html?mtrref=www.google.com&gwh=A6B06A8B6959500324E312F6BD65B08F&gwt=pay
  16. ^ http://articles.latimes.com/1993-06-08/sports/sp-763_1_larry-brown
  17. ^ http://articles.latimes.com/1997-05-01/sports/sp-54255_1_larry-brown
  18. ^ https://www.upi.com/Sixers-coach-Larry-Brown-resigns/43281054003020/
  19. ^ [1]
  20. ^ "PISTONS: Larry Brown Relieved of His Coaching Duties". Nba.com. July 19, 2005. Retrieved January 10, 2011.
  21. ^ "Contract had three years, $18 million left – NBA". ESPN. July 19, 2005. Retrieved January 10, 2011.
  22. ^ "Knicks Name Larry Brown as Head Coach". Nba.com. July 28, 2005. Retrieved January 10, 2011.
  23. ^ List of New York Knicks coaches
  24. ^ "Knicks fire Brown, name Thomas new coach". ESPN. June 23, 2006. Retrieved January 10, 2011.
  25. ^ http://www.espn.com/nba/news/story?id=2721960
  26. ^ http://www.espn.com/nba/news/story?id=2721960
  27. ^ http://www.espn.com/nba/news/story?id=3365485
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  29. ^ a b Bonnell, Rick. Brown fired as Charlotte Bobcats head coach; Silas takes over[permanent dead link] The Charlotte Observer, 2010-12-23.
  30. ^ "Coach Larry Brown, Bobcats part ways". ESPN. December 22, 2010. Retrieved January 10, 2011.
  31. ^ Katz, Andy. "Tim Jankovich agrees to be SMU coach-in-waiting". ESPN. Retrieved 28 April 2012.
  32. ^ a b "NCAA bans SMU from 2016 postseason". ESPN. 30 September 2015. Retrieved 25 December 2015.
  33. ^ "Larry Brown resigns from SMU". KUsports.com. 2016-07-08. Retrieved 2016-10-02.
  34. ^ "Larry Brown to become Fiat Torino head coach". sportando.basketball. Retrieved 12 June 2018.
  35. ^ "Larry Brown officially signs a 1+1 contract with Fiat Torino". sportando.basketball. Retrieved 17 June 2018.
  36. ^ "Hall of Famer Larry Brown out as coach of Italian team". ESPN.com. December 27, 2018. Retrieved December 27, 2018.

NCAA (2004). NCAA March Madness: Cinderellas, Superstars, and Champions from the NCAA Men's Final Four. Chicago: Triumph Books. ISBN 1-57243-665-4.

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