Posted by: C. Smith
06/05/13 10:51 am EST

The list of quality head coaching candidates is shrinking every day.  The Pacers are dragging their feet on giving teams permission to speak with Brian Shaw.  And Billy Cunningham ain’t walking through the Sixers locker room doors.  So the Sixers are in a bit of a predicament with their coaching search.  But are they desperate?

After reading a report from Adam Zagoria of you may think Hinkie & Co. are just that…According to Zagoria, the 7-6 are one of three teams that have contacted 72-year old Larry Brown about a head coaching vacancy.

The other two teams, according to the report, are the Brooklyn Nets and “possibly” the Los Angeles Clippers.

Now last month, I pleaded for the Sixers to at least meet with Phil Jackson who is in the senior citizen age bracket and has been out of the League for a bit as well, so I’ll be the first to say that there is nothing wrong with scheduling a sit down with LB.  On-court novices such as Josh Harris and Hinkie could certainly learn something from the only coach in basketball history to win a title in both college and the NBA.

However, that is as far as it should go.

It would be ridiculous to think that the Sixers are seriously considering a return to Philly for Brown.


Here are a few reasons why this idea is simply insane for the Sixers:

  • Brown doesn’t believe in advanced analytics/stats and their applications to the NBA (“They just don’t work in basketball.”), so he and Hinkie would not be a good fit together.
  • He is 72 and has had major health issues in the past.
  • The way he he left the Sixers back in 2003 was a disgrace and this fan base has not forgotten that fact.
  • His time in Charlotte (his last NBA job) was a mess and numerous players turned on him in the media.

There are also a few reasons why the timing of these rumors seems peculiar for Brown & SMU:

  • Brown and SMU have a strong incoming recruiting class that includes Texas guard Keith Frazier.
  • Brown’s son, L.J. (Episcopal Academy), is an incoming freshman at SMU.  He is not enrolling on an athletic scholarship, but it is unclear if he will have a role with the basketball team.
  • SMU has recently spent a fortune on improving their basketball facilities and support staff to help Brown.
  • Brown disciples Eric Snow (SMU Dir. of Player Dev.) and George Lynch (SMU Strength & Conditioning Coach) would both be out of a job (Unless of course they follow LB back to the NBA.).

If you follow hoops closely, you know that Brown, who has not coached in the NBA since he was fired by Charlotte 28 games (9-19) into 2010-11 season, desires a return to the NBA someday.  So these rumors are likely being floated out there by Brown’s agent or his “people”.  I contacted two NBA front office executives on the idea of Brown returning to the Sixers.  The first one laughed at the thought of the Sixers hiring LB and the second emailed me back saying that he “highly doubted” the Sixers were giving Brown serious consideration.

For the Sixers sake, I hope that these reports are just rumors and that the godfather of playing “The Right Way” stays in Dallas-Fort Worth.


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5 Responses to “COACH SEARCH: LARRY BROWN ?!?”

  1. Wang
    5. June 2013 at 11:36

    Wholeheartedly agree. DO NOT come back, Larry Brown. The days of NBA coach demanding absolute control over everything, and riding players to comply with his old-fashion regimen are over. He is obsolete, period.

  2. Steve Toll
    5. June 2013 at 11:54


    Top 1 Coach of All Time

    How dare you besmirch his good name!!!!!

  3. Toady
    5. June 2013 at 13:13

    The real problem for me with LB is that he is to basketball what Parcells is to football. They are both highly successful because of their relatively unique schemes and the teams assembled to execute them. Unfortunately their uniqueness tends to make it virtually impossible for someone else to take over after they are gone and as such, teams have to be largely overhauled all over again. Given Brown is already 72, it is not hard to believe that we would just get a roster assembled that could execute his scheme before he retires, pops a vessle, blows a knee, etc. and we would be rebuilding all over again. Hire young.

  4. George
    5. June 2013 at 19:36

    Is it such a stretch to believe that they will just keep Curry or Mckie and focus more on roster development until their coach comes? If it ends up being Sampson so be it, this roster just needs an influx of talent. At this point, I just hope we can draft someone and destroy our cap in the off season

  5. George
    5. June 2013 at 20:31

    Lol I meant not destroy our cap. I know this goes against that, but I got giddy hearing we might go after josh smith. I just hope that there is more than that, even with my ridiculous fanboy crush I know he isn’t enough with this roster

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