Brown rejoins Sixers as executive VP
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) – The Philadelphia 76ers announced on
Saturday they have named former head coach Larry Brown the club’s executive
Brown’s role with the club will be to assist team president Billy King and the
front office and staff in personnel decisions in addition to other special
“Larry Brown has been a friend and mentor to me for many years and his
knowledge of the game of basketball is unparalleled,” King said. “Adding his
basketball knowledge to the existing staff gives us a valuable resource.”
Brown has served 23 seasons as a head coach, spending time with eight
different clubs in that span, and holds an all-time mark of 1,010-800, making
him the fourth winningest coach in league history.
Brown coached the 76ers from 1997-2003 — his longest tenure with one club
over his well traveled career — and guided the franchise to a 255-205 record,
including five playoff appearances and the 2001 NBA Finals, when they fell to
the Los Angeles Lakers in five games.
“Billy came to me and asked if I would be interested in getting involved with
the organization again,” said Brown. “Obviously, Billy has been a close friend
for more than 20 years and I respect his work immensely. I am flattered that
he asked me. I was very excited about the opportunity of working with him
again and doing whatever I can to help him bring a winner to this city, a city
that my family and I love.”
After Brown resigned as Philadelphia’s coach and vice president in May 2003,
he joined the Detroit Pistons and led the team to the 2004 NBA championship
and the 2005 NBA Finals.
The 66-year-old Brown then took over as coach of the New York Knicks for the
2006 campaign, but was fired last June after going 23-59.
Brown, who also spent time coaching in the college ranks, is the only head
coach in basketball history to win both an NCAA Championship and NBA title. In
1988, Brown’s Kansas club captured its first National Championship in 36
In his NBA career, which includes time as a player, he has also coached
Denver, New Jersey, San Antonio, the Los Angeles Clippers and Indiana.