Tag:Larry Brown
Posted on: July 25, 2011 9:00 am
Edited on: July 25, 2011 9:07 am
 

Larry Brown to interview for Wolves job

By Matt Moore

Larry Brown! You're the next contestant on... "Who Wants To Coach A 17-Win Team That's 'Done Rebuilding?!" 

From the Minnesota Star-Tribune:
After interviewing Rick Adelman and Don Nelson over the weekend, the Timberwolves intend to interview Larry Brown and possibly one or two others in this first phase to replace fired coach Kurt Rambis.

When the Wolves will interview Brown, who has coached teams to both NBA and NCAA titles, is uncertain because of a recent death in his family, according to a league source with knowledge of the team's search.
via Larry Brown next to talk to Wolves' Kahn | StarTribune.com

The Star notes that there is a previous connection between GM David Kahn and Brown, Kahn worked as a student reporter when Brown coached at UCLA. Setting aside the fact that this puts into perspective just how long Brown has been doing this, it should be noted that Kahn himself has been around for two decades in pro basketball's management side, and nearly 10 before that as a writer. He knows everyone. 

Brown's an odd fit in Minnesota, as he is most places. He's known to clash with younger players and to be notoriously hard on young point guards. The Wolves are a clashing young outfit with a notoriously young point guard. Kahn has gone on record saying that rebuilding is over in Minnesota, yet the roster isn't ready to compete for a title, or a playoff spot, or .500 ball yet (it would seem; it's entirely possible Rubio and Derrick Williams are the difference in winning more games than they lose for the Wolves, but they're not skyrocketing into a top seed or anything). Brown would essentially be trying to rehab his image after failed stints in New York and a dispiriting end in Charlotte. 

Brown is also linked to be vying for a spot on the Celtics' support staff. That kind of puts it in perspective. Minnesota interviews Boston assistant coaching candidates for its head coaching position. Then again, Brown's a Hall of Famer, so it's not as if he's a terrible choice. Maybe Brown could make an impact. It's certainly not as crazy of an idea as Don Nelson, who interviewed Sunday with Minnesota



(HT: HoopsHype)
Posted on: July 23, 2011 5:22 pm
Edited on: July 23, 2011 5:55 pm
 

Report: Larry Brown wants to join Celtics staff

Posted by Royce Young

Here's something that might not surprise you: Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown is interested in coaching still. According to Yahoo! Sports, Brown has expressed interest in joining Doc Rivers' staff with the Celtics. That's provided Lawrence Frank accepts the Pistons head coaching position officially.

Brown most recently coached for the Bobcats last season before he was dismissed during the season. The question is whether or not the Celtics want to hire another high-profile assistant or promote from within. But as the report says, Brown could be willing to take less than the going rate just to get back on the bench.

Brown is 70 and of course is a decorated coach, winning an NBA title with the Pistons. But after his dismissal from the Bobcats, he's struggled to find a spot somewhere. He tried to even get back in the college game but didn't gain much interest from any schools.

Brown has coached nine teams in the NBA, winning 1,098 games and placing himself around the top of all-time coaches. Hard to ignore his credentials. But Brown has notoriously been difficult to work with and is often hard on players, especially young ones. Some teams are a little leery of his reputation as a high-maintenance coach.

But he obviously isn't done and is willing to take a cut in profile and pay to get back on the bench. And if he's looking for another run at the big prize, the Celtics are a good option. It's just a matter of if Rivers wants him.
Category: NBA
Posted on: March 20, 2011 5:39 pm
Edited on: March 20, 2011 5:42 pm
 

Larry Brown to return to college coaching?

Former Charlotte Bobcats coach Larry Brown says he wants to return to the college coaching ranks. Posted by Ben Golliver. larry-brown

Larry Brown is one of coaching's great travelling men, having manned the sidelines for an ABA or NBA team in the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 200s and 2010s, before being forced out as head coach of the Charlotte Bobcats back in December

But after coaching more than 2,000 games in the NBA, Yahoo! Sports reports that Brown, who is 70 years old, says he is ready to return to the college ranks, where he led the University of Kansas Jayhawks to an NCAA title more than two decades ago.
“Kids want to be in the NBA, and if you can coach and teach and get them ready for the NBA and you’re at a good school, I think you’d have an unbelievable head start on a lot of people. I’ve always tried to get players better, whether as a college coach or a pro coach. Two minutes on the floor on the first day of practice, players know whether you can coach or not.”
“I’d bring in a staff where someone is really good and capable of taking over,” he said. “Look at the people who have worked for me or played for me that are coaching now.”
“I don’t want this to sound wrong, but I think I can teach as well as anyone,” Brown said. “I can win games. I can recruit because I know what it takes to get to the next level and I can be honest with these kids."
Rumors out of Charlotte this fall were that Brown's demanding, exacting style wore on his players and the Bobcats responded well initially when Paul Silas took over from Brown in December. Last season, Brown coached the Bobcats to a winning record and a trip to the playoffs, although they were bounced quickly.

In college, Brown would encounter no such resistance to his teaching style. While the NCAA's quality of play isn't nearly what it is in the NBA, a coach's ability to fashion his team in his mold and impact the lives of his players is significantly greater. That he has already envisioned a situation and a potential coaching staff setup shows that Brown is serious about this undertaking.

There's also the practical matter of the NBA lockout. If ever there was a time for an aging coach to seek refuge in college, this would be it.
Category: NBA
Posted on: February 15, 2011 6:49 pm
Edited on: February 16, 2011 11:25 am
 

Paul Silas to receive 1-year contract extension

Bobcats coach Paul Silas to receive one-year extension from Bobcats. Posted by Matt Moore and Ben Golliver.

Apparently beating the defending champs on the fourth game in five nights on the second game of a back-to-back at home goes a long way. Yahoo! Sports reports that the Bobcats are "finalizing" a one-year contract extension with Paul Silas to coach the Bobcats through 2011-2012. Silas has helped the Cats to a 15-12 record under his watch and has brought them out of the offensive swamp they were mired in. 

At the same time, you have to wonder if Silas is a long-term answer. The Bobcats still need a substantial blow-up to start over and begin a true building process. But for a short term solution while Michael Jordan stabilizes the finances, he'll do. 
Update
The Charlotte Obesrver reports that the Bobcats are expected to announce Silas' extension during a Wednesday press conference.
The Bobcats have called a noon press conference today where they're expected to announce a contract extension for interim head coach Paul Silas. A source confirmed Tuesday night that the team and coach had been in discussions about taking the interim tag off and giving the 67-year old Silas a contract through the 2011-12 season. Since taking over for Larry Brown on Dec. 22, Silas has led the Bobcats to a 15-13 record..

Back in December, Silas was hired after former coach Larry Brown stepped down.

Posted on: January 10, 2011 1:32 pm
 

Stephen Jackson sounds off on Larry Brown

Posted by Royce Young

After firing Larry Brown, the Charlotte Bobcats are a respectable 4-2 under new coach Paul Silas. The team is playing faster, its young players are developing and there appears to be a little more energy and enthusiasm throughout the team.

Brown could see what was happening with the team and so could management. With the club just 9-19 after going to the playoffs last season, it was time for change. And guard Stephen Jackson, who is never shy, said Sunday the change was absolutely necessary.
It's kind of like losing a team. Nobody wanted to play no more,” Jackson said. “Everybody wanted to play a different style than we were playing. We didn’t agree with what was going on. Obviously, it wasn’t working, so we needed a change. We had to figure something out….

“We’re younger and we have to play a little faster,” Jackson said. “The makeup of the team is different and I think now with Paul (Silas) as coach the young guys have more confidence to go out there and play basketball and not worry about coming out of the game.

Basically, Jackson is trying to say without saying that Brown had to go. And I don't think anyone would disagree. Brown's management style has always been a little odd and can really wear on younger players. D.J. Augustin was having trouble playing with any confidence as he looked over his shoulder at the bench after every turnover. Tyrus Thomas couldn't ever seem to find the floor. And the best players like Jackson and Gerald Wallace just didn't seem to be all that interested.

All of those things are obvious symptoms of a coach losing a team. So like Jackson said, it kind of had to be done.

Especially when you consider at 13-21, the Bobcats are only a half game out of the eight-seed in the East. That really just speaks to how absolutely awful the lower half of the East is, but also shows that the season isn't a lost cause for this team. The Bobcats have some players and while losing Raymond Felton turned out to be a much bigger deal than anyone ever thought it would be, a little five-game winning streak or a plus-.500 month and this team is almost a lock for the postseason.

And I'm not sure they would be anywhere near this position if Brown were still in charge. A necessary move indeed.

Via PBT

Posted on: December 25, 2010 3:28 pm
Edited on: December 25, 2010 4:14 pm
 

Felton gets the best of Rose in Knicks win

Knicks point guard comes up big to help Knicks topple Bulls on Christmas.
Posted by Matt Moore


Raymond Felton isn't mentioned as a top point guard in the league with so many amazing players at the position. His performance on Christmas Saturday against Derrick Rose and the Bulls. Felton finished with 20 points on 9 of 18 shooting, 12 assists, 5 steals, and 5 turnovers to Rose's 25 points, 7 rebounds, 8 assists, 6 steals and 7 turnovers, with 12 of 28 shooting. But it was Felton's play in the fourth quarter that was essential at both ends. He managed to disrupt Rose enough and snagged two steals to help the Knicks pull away while the Bulls' offense went into the tank.

Then with the lead cut to six inside of a minute, Felton threaded a behind the back bounce pass to Wilson Chandler who used the space afforded to get his man in the air, then slice to the bucket for the score that iced the game. It was the kind of play he made all day, that he's made all season. Chicago elected to try the Boston approach on Amar'e Stoudemire and throw all their defense at him, which left space. Felton took advantage of it.

In particular, Saturday's game showed the difference in Felton under Mike D'Antoni versus Larry Brown. Under Brown, Felton would need to peel back on possessions like the fourth quarter jump ball he obtained, to set the offense. Under D'Antoni, Felton saw an opening and immediately attacked the basket.

Stoudemire gets all the marquee attention at the Garden, but Felton was the big difference for the Knicks today.

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Assorted bullet thoughts: 
  • Chicago finished with a 94 efficiency rate, which is horrific. They scored 12 points in the 4th, and wen through an 8-minute drought in that quarter, which allowed the Knicks to pull away in a close one.
  • 45 combined turnovers today for the two teams, who apparently had a little too much egg nog last night.
  • Landry Fields was simply everywhere, and is the kind of player that rarely finds himself on Mike D'Antoini's teams. A fierce rebounder who makes all the little plays, gets good steals, and will do whatever is asked. He was also very efficient with 5 of 7 shooting.
  • Kyle Korver is up there with Ray Allen for best "off-the-curl-screen" catch-and-shoot three-point shooter. His only playing twenty minutes has to make you scratch your head a bit.
  • Boozer, Rose,and Deng all played 40+ minutes Saturday, and the Bulls have a back-to-back Sunday on the road at Detroit. That should be fun. 
Posted on: December 23, 2010 12:40 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:47 pm
 

Jordan's Bobcats add Charles Oakley as assistant

The Charlotte Bobcats have added owner Michael Jordan's long-time friend, Charles Oakley, as an assistant coach. Posted by Ben Golliver jordan-oakley

Michael Jordan and Charles Oakley go back a long time. Before getting traded to the New York Knicks, Oakley was famously Young Jordan's basketball bodyguard, an enforcer tasked with protecting the high-flying star from nightly drubbings. The pair teamed up briefly again during Jordan's comeback with the Washington Wizards, and they've long been known for their hard-partying off-court exploits.  On Thursday, Yahoo! Sports reports that Jordan has tabbed Oakley as one of the assistants to join interim head coach Paul Silas, on a staff which will reportedly also include Stephen Silas and Ralph Lewis.

At first glance, this looks like an uber-rich friend doing a favor for his rich friend, but this might not be the worst idea in the world. With former head coach Larry Brown departing so quickly after making comments about problems in the locker room, it's difficult to think of a better head-cracking enforcer than Oakley. If getting young players to behave and play harder is what's needed, nobody can scare some sense into them quite like Oakley, who made his reputation as a physical rebounder on the tough-as-nails Knicks teams of the 1990s.  I always thought Oakley could wind up as the single best high school security officer of all time, and that's pretty much what he'll be asked to do with the Bobcats, so this feels like a natural fit. To be honest, I'm sitting here at my desk, 3,000 miles away from Charlotte, afraid to cross the line on any more quips, lest Oakley hunt me down. If I was sitting next to him on the bench, or having him glower at me during practices, I would be giving 100 percent, no questions asked. Surely the Bobcats will fall in line. For Oakley, the position will require that he exercise a bit more prudence in his public comments. Earlier this week, in an interview with Miami radio station WQAM, for example, he referred to TNT commentator Charles Barkley as a "***hole" and cursed repeatedly, according to a transcript posted on SportsRadioInterviews.com.  That kind of thing will get you fined right out of the league by NBA Commissioner David Stern. Charlotte isn't going anywhere anyway, so this move rates an A+ based on the potential entertainment factor alone.
Posted on: December 22, 2010 4:52 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:46 pm
 

Who will Michael Jordan pick to replace Brown?

Charlotte Bobcats head coach Larry Brown has resigned and his staff has reportedly been fired. Bobcats owner Michael Jordan is reportedly set topaul-silasname Brown's replacement on Thursday. Who will it be? Posted by Ben Golliver

Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan is obviously frustrated with the direction of his team, which is currently in fourth place in the Southeast Division with a record of 9-19. Jordan has been shopping his two co-captains, Gerald Wallace and Stephen Jackson, and earlier today we noted that Bobcats head coach Larry Brown resigned, and his entire coacing staff is reportedly departing along with him. So who will Jordan tab as Brown's replacement? Here's a look at seven possibilities, some more serious candidates than others. Paul Silas: Both Yahoo! Sports and CBSSports.com's Ken Berger report that Silas is the early favorite to take the job, and he's an NBA lifer. Silas was LeBron James's first coach in Cleveland, and was also the head coach of the New Orleans Hornets.  Back in April 2008, before Brown was hired, Silas called the Bobcats head coaching position a "dream job." According to the report, he lives in North Carolina. His career coaching record is 355-400. Mike Woodson: Again, according to CBSSports.com and Yahoo!, Woodson is another strong possibility. He coached the Hawks from 2004-2010, before departing after a disappointing playoff exit last Spring. Under his guidance, the Hawks made the playoffs each of the last three seasons. His career coaching record is 206-286. Darrell Walker: The former head coach of the Toronto Raptors and Washington Wizards, Berger reports that Walker is close to Jordan. His career record as a head coach is 56-113, and he is currently an assistant coach with the Detroit Pistons. Walker played in the NBA for 11 seasons, and was briefly a teammate of Jordan's in 1992-1993 with the Chicago Bulls. Patrick Ewing: A rival of Jordan's both in college, at Georgetown and in the pros, as a Hall of Fame center for the New York Knicks, Ewing brings no head coaching experience to the table. However, he's served as an assistant coach with the Orlando Magic for a number of seasons. His hiring would be quite surprising, however Jordan is known to surround himself with people he trusts, and his relationship with Ewing spans three decades. Yahoo! lists Ewing as "under consideration," while Berger says he is "in the mix." Jeff Van Gundy: Ewing's former coach, who also coached the Houston Rockets, is a regular in NBA coaching carousel chatter. Currently an analyst for ESPN. He's the brother of Orlando Magic coach Stan Van Gundy, and boasts a career record of 430-318. He's been rumored to be linked to jobs in the past, and was even rumored to be a potential replacement for Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra if their season continued to go poorly, but he hasn't coached in the NBA since 2006-2007. Mark Jackson: Another former Jordan rival on the court, Jackson is widely considered the best former player who has yet to be given an NBA head coaching job. A point guard for multiple teams, including the New York Knicks and Indiana Pacers, Jackson is No. 3 on the NBA's all time assists leaderboard, trailing only John Stockton and Jason Kidd. Jackson is Van Gundy's broadcasting partner on ESPN and is known for coining really annoying phrases such as, "Mama, there goes that man!" and "Hand down, man down!" He's also been linked to multiple jobs, but has never taken the bait. Mike Brown: The former coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers was let go earlier this summer when Cavs owner Dan Gilbert was trying to do everything possible to retain free agent forward LeBron James. He might be the most talented coach available, but is known for his slow-down style on offense. His career record is 272-138, and he won 50 or more games in four out of his five seasons in Cleveland, including 60+ wins twice. Berger says Brown is not under consideration. Who do you think should be the next coach of the Bobcats? Weigh in on Facebook right now.
 
 
 
 
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