Happy 70th Birthday to NBA Head Coach Larry Brown. Considered one of the greatest teachers in the history of the game, Coach Brown ranks 6th on the NBA’s all time career wins list. Coach Brown has been coaching since the early 70’s and has been the Head Coach for 9 different NBA teams. In addition to coaching in the NBA, he has also coached two Division 1 basketball teams (UCLA from ’79 to ’81 and Kansas from ’83 to ’88) and two ABA teams.
Coach Brown wasn’t always Coach Brown. He was actually a very good player in his heyday. After his days as the starting point guard for the University of North Carolina, Brown played professional basketball in the ABA for five different teams in the ‘60s and ‘70s. He would lead the ABA in assists for three straight seasons from ’67 to ’69 and still holds the ABA record for most assists in a single game (23). Brown also won a Gold Medal as a point guard with the U.S. Olympic team in 1974.
As a Head Coach, Brown has won an NBA World Championship (‘04 with the Pistons), an NBA Coach of the Year award and 1,089 career regular season games. He is also the only coach to win a NCAA Division I Championship and an NBA World Championship. Coach Brown is still doing his thing as the Head Coach of the Charlotte Bobcats. In two seasons as Head Coach of the Bobcats, Coach Brown turned around a 32-50 team in '07-'08 into the #1 team in points per game allowed in ’09-’10 and coached them into their first playoff appearance in team history. Happy Birthday Coach Brown!