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Larry Brown went to Long Beach High School and then studied at the University of North Carolina, but was considered undersized to play in the NBA, so he started his playing career in the NABL’s Akron Wingfoots in 1964, and representing the USA national team, which won the gold medal at the 1964 Olympic Games.

He briefly worked as an assistant coach at North Carolina, and then played in the ABA league for the New Orleans Buccaneers (1967–68), Oakland Oaks (1968–69), Washington Caps (1969–70), Virginia Squires (1970–71), and Denver Rockets (1971–72). Brown coached the Carolina Cougars from 1972 to 1974, and then debuted in the NBA as the new head coach of the Denver Nuggets, where he worked from 1974 to 1979. Larry returned to college basketball when he took over UCLA (1979-1981), and was then appointed as the head coach of the NBA’s New Jersey Nets from 1981 to 1983.

Brown spent the next six years at the University of Kansas, and was named the Coach of the Year in 1988 when he won the national championship, before joining the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA. He led the Spurs from 1988 to 1992 and then worked with the Los Angeles Clippers (1992-1993), Indiana Pacers (1993-1997), and Philadelphia 76ers (1997-2003). Later in 2003, Brown took the job as the head coach of the Detroit Pistons, and won the NBA title in his debut season with them, defeating the Los Angeles Lakers in five games in the finals. In 2005, he led the Pistons to another NBA Final, but lost to the San Antonio Spurs in seven games, and the following July, the Pistons decided to buy off his contract and allowed him to sign with the New York Knicks.

Larry joined the Knicks on a five-year $50 million deal, but they fired him after only one season and a disastrous 23-59 record. From 2008 to 2010 Brown worked with the Charlotte Bobcats and led them to their first-ever playoff appearance in 2009, but he left in December 2010 after starting the season badly, recording nine wins and 19 defeats. From 2012 to 2016, Larry coached the SMU Mustangs, but in July 2016 he resigned at their coach.

Larry Brown won numerous awards as a player including the ABA All-Star MVP (1968), and made it to the ABA All-Star game on three occasions (1968-1970), while as coach, he was named the NBA Coach of the Year (2001), and won the bronze medal as the head coach for the USA national team at the 2004 Olympics in Athens.

Regarding his personal life, Larry Brown has been married to Shelly since 1993 – other details are kept private.

Structural info

  • Net Worth: $70 Million
  • Date Of Birth: September 14, 1940
  • Place Of Birth: Brooklyn, New York City, New York, United States
  • Height: 1.75 m
  • Weight: 73 kg
  • Profession: Basketball coach
  • Education: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Nationality: American
  • Spouse: Shelly Brown
  • Children: Madison Brown, Kristen Brown, Alli Brown, L.J. Brown
  • Siblings: Herb Brown
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  • After an extremely unsuccessful season in New York, rumored to be negotiating a buyout with team management. His name frequently comes up when a coaching vacancy develops. [June 2006]
  • Inducted into the Philadelphia Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 2013.
  • He’s the only U.S. male to play and coach in the Olympics.
  • He has never coached a team for more than six seasons.
  • His nickname is “Pound for Pound” because of his initials L.B.
  • He was the first coach to win an NCAA and an NBA title.
  • Inducted into the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 1994.
  • Inducted into the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 1990.
  • Played for Frank McGwire and Dean Smith at North Carolina. Also served as an assistant to Coach Smith.
  • Won a gold medal in the 1964 Summer Olympics in basketball. Coach of the team was Henry Iba who coached in his first Olympics.
  • Brother of Herb Brown, an assistant coach with the Detroit Pistons (as of 2005).
  • Only coach to win a championship in college and the pros.
  • Played 5 years in the ABA, averaging 11.2 points for his career. League record-holder for assists in a single game (23).Head coach of: Carolina Cougars (ABA, 1972-1974); Denver Nuggets (ABA, 1974-1979); UCLA (NCAA, 1979-1981); New Jersey Nets (NBA, 1981-1983); University of Kansas (NCAA, 1983-1988); San Antonio Spurs (NBA, 1988-1992); Los Angeles Clippers (NBA, 1992-1993); Indiana Pacers (NBA, 1993-1997); Philadelphia 76ers (NBA, 1997-2003); Detroit Pistons (NBA, 2003-2005); New York Knicks (NBA, 2005-2006); Charlotte Bobcats (NBA, 2008-Present.Also named head coach for Team USA men’s basketball in 2002.
  • Head coach of 2004 NBA Champion Detroit Pistons.
  • Head coach of 2001 NBA Eastern Conference Champion Philadelphia 76’ers.
  • Head coach of 1988 NCAA Champion University of Kansas Jayhawks.
  • Elected to Basketball Hall of Fame in 2002.


Title Year Status Character
Allen Iverson: The Answer 2016 TV Movie Himself
Dean Smith 2015 TV Movie documentary Himself
Mike & Mike 2012-2014 TV Series Himself – Southern Methodist University Men’s Basketball Coach / Himself – Southern Methodist University Head Basketball Coach / Former Basketball Coach / …
Iverson 2014 Documentary Himself
Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel 2014 TV Series Himself – Basketball Coach (segment “Larry Brown”)
30 for 30 2010-2012 TV Series documentary Himself
Rome Is Burning 2008 TV Series Himself
ESPN 25: Who’s #1? 2004-2007 TV Series documentary Himself
ESPN SportsCentury 2000-2006 TV Series documentary Himself
Late Show with David Letterman 2005 TV Series Himself
Charlie Rose 1996-2005 TV Series Himself / Himself – Guest
Quite Frankly with Stephen A. Smith 2005 TV Series Himself
Pardon the Interruption 2004-2005 TV Series Himself
Costas Now 2005 TV Series Himself
The Top 5 Reasons You Can’t Blame… 2005 TV Series Himself
The Harlem Globetrotters: The Team That Changed the World 2005 TV Movie documentary Himself
The 2004 NBA Finals 2004 TV Mini-Series Himself (Coach – Detroit Pistons)
2001 NBA All-Star Game 2001 TV Special Himself – Eastern Conference Head Coach
1977 NBA All-Star Game 1977 TV Special Himself – Western Conference Head Coach
Archive Footage
Title Year Status Character
60 Minutes Sports 2016 TV Series documentary Himself – NCAA Basketball Coach (segment “Three Kings”)
Mike & Mike 2015 TV Series Himself – Southern Methodist University Head Basketball Coach
Rome Is Burning 2010 TV Series Himself


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