By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Former coach Larry Brown was at the Final Four of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship on Saturday at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. Yet, he was in a tough position.
Brown was reportedly there to support his mentor Bill Self, who is the Kansas Jayhawks head coach. But he’s also a good friend with Jay Wright, the Villanova head coach.
Plus, Brown says that he and Wright are friends.
“Jay’s [been] here twice in the last three years, won more games in four years than anybody,” Brown said. “Bill won 14 championships in a row, conference championships. I’m pretty lucky to be around them both.”
The Wildcats dismantled the Jayhawks 95-79 to advance to the National Championship game. Villanova will be looking for their second National Championship in three-years when they face the Michigan Wolverines on Monday night.
The 77-year-old was last the SMU Mustangs head coach from 2012 through 2016. He was mentioned as being brought onto Anfernee Hardaway’s Memphis Tigers head coaching staff, but nothing has become official.
Brown also coached in the NBA from 1988 through 2010. He was the head coach of the San Antonio Spurs, Los Angeles Clippers, Indiana Pacers, Philadelphia 76ers, Detroit Pistons, New York Knicks, and the Charlotte Bobcats.
He also was the head coach of the Denver Nuggets (1974-79) and the New Jersey Nets (1981-83). Brown was the UCLA Bruins and the Jayhawks head coach, as well.
Brown was a college champion with the Jayhawks in 1988. He also was the NBA Coach of the Year with Philadelphia in 2001 and won the NBA Championship with the Pistons in 2004.
Wright has been the Wildcats head coach since 2001. Self has been the Jayhawks head coach since 2003.
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