Mar 2, 2013; Birmingham, AL, USA; SMU Mustangs head coach Larry Brown reacts during the game against the UAB Blazers at Bartow Arena. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

Sixers Coaching Search: Why the Sixers Should Pursue Larry Brown

With Doug Collins resigning as head coach at the end of the 2012-2013 season, the team that has hired seven different coaches since the 2003 season is once again left with the task of finding the coach that will lead them to the promised land.

When looking for potential candidates, look no further than the last truly successful Sixers’ coach, Larry Brown. If anything, the hiring of Brown would spark some interest in the 76ers once again.

In terms of a coaching resume, Larry Brown’s is the epitome of just that. Brown has won at every level that he has coached at. At age 72, he is currently the head coach at SMU.

Brown won a gold medal at the 1964 Summer Olympics as coach of the USA Men’s Team, an ABA Championship in 1968-1969 with the Oakland Oaks, an NCAA Championship in 1987-1988 with the Kansas Jayhawks, and finally an NBA Championship in 2003-2004 with the Detroit Pistons.

As the Sixers’ head coach, Larry Brown lasted from the 1997-1998 season throughout the 2002-2003 season during the Allen Iverson era before abruptly quitting the job and heading to Detroit. In his years as head coach in Philly, Brown compiled a record of 212-205 and led the team to their first NBA Finals appearance since 1983 in 2001 before losing to the Los Angeles Lakers.

The long-time head coach was inducted the the Hall of Fame as a coach in September of 2002. He has an impressive record of 1098-904 in the NBA alone, despite coaching at the college ranks as well as the ABA.

Brown has proven to be a winner regardless of where he was, even leading the Charlotte Bobcats to their first and only postseason appearance in his last stint in the NBA. A winner is exactly what the Sixers need at this juncture; why not Larry Brown?

 

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