Larry Brown (basketball)
As a player, Brown won with the U.S. basketball team at the XVIII. Summer Olympics in Tokyo in 1964 the gold medal. Since 1976, he trained in the U.S. professional league NBA, and before that in the ABA diverse teams. Also known as the trainer for various varsity teams Brown worked. Between 1976 and 1979 he coached the Denver Nuggets in the NBA, which he had previously coached in the ABA. For two seasons between 1981 and 1983 he was the coach of the New Jersey Nets, as well as for four seasons (1988 to 1992) with the San Antonio Spurs. In the meantime, he coached the team from UCLA and the University of Kansas. The latter he led in 1988 to the surprise NCAA title. After two brief engagements with the Los Angeles Clippers and Indiana Pacers Brown came 1997 on the Philadelphia 76ers. With these he reached the 2001 NBA finals series, but it lost to the Los Angeles Lakers. On 27 September 2002 Brown was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
2003 Brown resigned as coach of the Sixers and is hired by the Detroit Pistons. These he led in 2004 against the Los Angeles Lakers to the championship title. Brown is the first and so far the only coach who achieved a title win in the NCAA and NBA. In July 2005, he was fired by the Pistons. The New York Knicks Brown submitted a contract offer over 50 million U.S. dollars for five years, which he accepted on 27 July 2005. Larry Brown is now the highest paid coach in U.S. professional sports of all time. After just one season to Brown and the Knicks parted but again.
On 29 April 2008 it was announced that he would accept the coach of the Charlotte Bobcats. The Bobcats, he led in the 2009/2010 season to the first play-off participation in the club's history. After Brown was started with the Bobcats in the 2010/2011 season with nine wins in 19 defeats with little success, he had to give up the job as head coach.
2012 Brown took over as coach for the SMU Mustangs, the team at Southern Methodist University.
Larry Brown is a very defensive oriented coach who puts on secure and accurate structured play without a lot of freedom for the players, great value. He makes very high demands on its players and also does not hesitate to criticize the media.