Dream come true: Brown introduced as Knicks coach
New York, NY (Sports Network) – The New York Knicks introduced Hall of Famer
Larry Brown as the 22nd head coach in franchise history on Thursday.
Although terms of the deal were not released, several reports indicated that
it is a five-year contract worth between $50 million and $60 million.
Born in Brooklyn in September of 1940, Brown has often described the Knicks as
his “dream job.” He grew up idolizing legendary coach Red Holzman, who guided
the Knicks to their last NBA title in 1973.
Last week Brown was relieved of his duties as head coach of the Pistons, just
two years into a five-year, $25 million contract. Brown had led Detroit to the
NBA championship in 2004 and his Pistons were beaten in seven games by San
Antonio in the NBA Finals this past season.
The 64-year-old Brown, though, wasted little time in securing a new job, as he
met with Knicks president of basketball operations, Isiah Thomas, last
Thursday and then met with interim head coach Herb Williams on Monday.
A three-time ABA Coach of the Year and the 2001 NBA Coach of the Year while
with the 76ers, Brown joined the Pistons after spending six seasons with
Philadelphia. His basketball resume includes 33 years of coaching at the
collegiate or professional level. He has also had coaching stints with the
Denver Nuggets, Indiana Pacers, Spurs, Los Angeles Clippers, New Jersey Nets
and the ABA’s Carolina Cougars. He was the head coach at UCLA and the
University of Kansas, where he won the National Championship with the Jayhawks
In his NBA career, Brown has compiled a 987-741 record and has 100 postseason
He has had only three losing seasons as a head coach (1988-89 Spurs, 1996-97,
Indiana, 1997-98 Philadelphia).
Brown, who was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2002, has a big
job ahead of him in New York, as the Knicks went 33-49 this past season. They
haven’t won a playoff series since 1999-2000.