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Celtics and Timberwolves interested in former Pistons coach Larry Brown

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports:

Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown has an interest in joining Doc Rivers’ Boston Celtics staff as an assistant coach, assuming Lawrence Frank accepts the Detroit Pistons’ head coaching job, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

Frank and the Pistons are discussing terms of a deal over the weekend, league sources said, but there is still no agreement in place. However, the Pistons and Frank are both anxious to forge a partnership.

Despite Brown’s credentials and good relationship with Rivers, the Celtics coach is inclined to promote a well-regarded young assistant on his staff – Mike Longabardi – sources said. Nevertheless, Rivers hasn’t ruled out the idea of further discussing a spot for Brown on his bench next season.

Brown, 70, tried to become a candidate for NCAA jobs at UNLV, Oklahoma, Missouri and Penn State in the spring, but those schools never gave him serious consideration.

Jerry Zgoda of the Minneapolis StarTribune:

After interviewing Rick Adelman and Don Nelson over the weekend, the Timberwolves intend to interview Larry Brown and possibly one or two others in this first phase to replace fired coach Kurt Rambis.

When the Wolves will interview Brown, who has coached teams to both NBA and NCAA titles, is uncertain because of a recent death in his family, according to a league source with knowledge of the team’s search.

Considering how desperate Brown appears to stay in coaching, I wonder whether he and the Pistons discussed their vacancy. Obviously, it didn’t go anywhere, but I’m curious whether either side called the other.

Brown is one the best and most fascinating coaches of all-time in any sport, and although I’d like to see him coaching somewhere next year, I’m sort of glad it won’t be in Detroit. On the other hand, I would’ve been sort of glad if it were in Detroit.

Yes, my feeling on Brown are complex.

2 Comments

  • Jul 25, 201112:30 pm
    by khandor

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    Dan,
    The most apt descriptive adjective I have ever heard characterize the coaching personality of <a href=”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Larry_Brown_%28basketball%29″>Lawrence Harvey Brown</a> is “<a href=”http://www.trueknowledge.com/q/what_does_%22peripatetic%22_mean”>peripatetic</a>” … which fits him to a T. He is easily one of the best and the worst coaches in basketball history all wrapped into the same person.

  • Jul 25, 20117:50 pm
    by Scott

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    It would have to be Boston. Brown would probably have a heart attack 2 weeks into coaching the Timberpuppies.

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