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The acclaimed author Neal Gabler has a long piece on coach Larry Brown today over at Grantland:

At the age of 72, with the Naismith Hall of Fame on his résumé and his standing as the only basketball coach ever to have won both an NCAA championship and an NBA championship, you have to wonder why Larry Brown is riding the team bus nearly four hours down I-35 through Waco, Georgetown (not that Georgetown), Round Rock, and Austin to San Marcos and Texas State University; why at six one morning, he drives his Chevy Malibu to a Houston high school to scout a kid while Coach K flies in on his private jet; why last July alone he hauled himself around the country to Philly, Indiana, Las Vegas, Orlando, two outposts in the Texas hinterlands, and Hampton, Virginia, where John Calipari of Kentucky and Bill Self of Kansas, two of Brown’s closest friends, sat seigneurially in the stands focusing on three or four prime recruits; why he spends his afternoons on the practice floor teaching basketball to hardworking young men who are not and will never be among the basketball elite and who, Brown jokes, have to Google him to find out who he is; why he tolerates games in half-empty arenas where the cheerleaders are louder than the crowd and where he can’t help but pop up off the bench during nearly every possession, gesticulating at his players like a ground crewman directing a plane to the gate, and why he risks suffering the losses even though his veins bulge, his face reddens, and he has been known to break out in a rash during a game; above all, why he has left his family back in Philadelphia — his beautiful young wife and his teenage son and daughter, whom he adores — to live in a residential hotel in Dallas, where he eats takeout food and spends most nights alone.

“He doesn’t need this,” admits his assistant coach, Tim Jankovich. “He could be drawing a 4-iron around a tree.”

So why is Larry Brown subjecting himself to this?

Check it out.

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1 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Feb 7, 2013 8:23 pm

He's a bum. Worst Knicks coach ever (yes, worse than I.T.) and has walked out on his players several times.

2 Alex Belth   ~  Feb 7, 2013 9:26 pm

Couldn't disagree more. He's a great coach. He had a horrid Knicks team. And if you like Stu Jackson was a better coach than Brown, we need to have a discussion. LOL

3 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Feb 7, 2013 9:46 pm

[2] Hey, Stu was so good that the Stern-meister had to make him a Veep in the NBA cause it wasn't fair to the other coaches!

4 Alex Belth   ~  Feb 7, 2013 10:02 pm

3) Check mate. LOL

5 RagingTartabull   ~  Feb 8, 2013 9:42 am

the Knicks thing was a marriage made in Hell from jump, there was plenty of blame to go around for that debacle.

I always had a little bit of a soft spot for Larry, the person he hurt the most with his constant movement was himself honestly. Found homes in Indiana and Detroit, never should have left either one.

6 RagingTartabull   ~  Feb 8, 2013 9:47 am

and Isiah actually wasn't that bad of a COACH, he was a comically inept GM and President...but he wasn't the worst in-game coach I've ever seen.

7 joejoejoe   ~  Feb 9, 2013 2:06 am

Buying out the entire Knicks roster for $150M in 2006 was a good idea. To move forward you must recognize sunk costs, a concept first explained by noted NBA economist Michael Ray Richardson.

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