Could Hall of Famer Larry Brown become a high school basketball coach?

Could Hall of Famer Larry Brown become a high school basketball coach?


Could Hall of Famer Larry Brown become a high school basketball coach?


Larry Brown (Photo: USA TODAY Sports Images)

Larry Brown (Photo: USA TODAY Sports Images)

Carolina, Denver, New Jersey, San Antonio, L.A. Clippers, Indiana, Philadelphia, Detroit, New York, Charlotte.

UCLA, Kansas, SMU.

Larry Brown is a coaching lifer, as he’s been a head coach at the college or professional level since 1972.

But if the legend has his way, he’ll be coaching in a much different venue next season.

A small high school gymnasium.

Brown, who resigned from SMU in July amid some murkiness (academic fraud), told he had a job offer from a team in Italy, but felt he didn’t have enough international experience. But he’s not opposed to taking over a high school team in East Hampton, N.Y., where he lives.

“I’m going to speak to the AD there,” Brown told the Kansas City Star’s Gary Bedore, who indicated the opening is for head coach.

“If I do that, I can’t do it halfway. They told me I can still speak and go to colleges, but I don’t want to cheat the kids. So if I’m going to do it, I’ll do it 100 percent. I’ve got so much I’ve been taught from players (he worked with) and coaches I played for. I just want to share it somehow.”

East Hampton athletic director Joe Vasile-Cozzo told Newsday that Brown has expressed interest. Jesse Shapiro, the team’s coach, resigned last week.

“In fairness to Larry, he has maintained that he’s not sure, but that if he does do it, he wants to be in it 100 percent,” Vasile-Cozzo said. “And I’m like, ‘Whatever works for you, we’re game.’ ”

Brown is an older fellow, though, at age 76. He might have to channel his inner Norman Dale.

“I don’t look in the mirror and I don’t celebrate birthdays,” Brown said. “I don’t think there’s any difference in my passion than when I was a young coach. I hope somebody in some way realizes I could be an asset, but we’ll just wait and see.”

If that doesn’t work out, Brown indicates he could start a basketball academy with former NBA players. Perhaps include Allen Iverson, who was just inducted into the Pro Basketball Hall of Fame?


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