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 SNY.tv 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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