Former Bobcat’s coach Larry Brown is bored


 Larry Brown’s latest basketball stop had nothing to do with taking another coaching job.

Brown was a guest at Villanova’s practice Thursday to catch up with the Wildcats and his good friend, coach Jay Wright. Brown lives near campus and visited for the first time since he parted ways with the Charlotte Bobcats in December.

“He’s allowing me to hang around,” Brown said, “and get my basketball fix.”

Brown was a frequent visitor at Villanova games and practices for two seasons after he was fired by the New York Knicks. Wright, who has led the seventh-ranked Wildcats to a 16-2 record, considers Brown a mentor and friend.

“I love these kids,” Brown said. “I just love being around him.”

Brown, who said he’s bored without basketball, joined Wright for a team breakfast. Wildcats players and coaches took turns talking to Brown and shaking hands.

“I would like to” coach again, Brown said. “I don’t want to end the way this one ended. Right now, the most important thing is I’m getting time with my family.”

The 70-year-old Brown, a Hall of Fame coach, was in the third season of his 13th professional and college head coaching job. He left with an 88-108 mark for the Bobcats. His 1,327 victories in the ABA and NBA are nine shy of supplanting Don Nelson for the most all-time.

Wright, in his 10th season at Villanova, loves having Brown stop by and give advice.

“Oh, it’s the best,” Wright said. “He just has so much to offer to any coach. We’re lucky he’s here.”

Brown said he enjoys watching friends and former assistants such as Kentucky’s John Calipari or Kansas’ Bill Self have success.

“I feel like I’m part of that,” he said.

Brown is the only coach to win NBA and NCAA titles.

…When I read this story it completely came from left field. Larry Brown has stepped down from coaching the Bobcats a few months ago and now he is bored and looking for work? He also left the Knicks job in his second year of a 5 year contract. I understand that he loves basketball but the man is 70 years old and old people get bored a lot just staying at home. The weird part about this whole article is that he is talking with the Villanova basketball team and Jay Wright. Of all teams and places he chooses Villanova. Overall, he is a good coach who is one of the most successful coaches ever in the NBA. I hope Larry Brown gets back to coaching soon because you don’t want him to get bored again. The one thing you don’t want him do is be like Isiah Thomas and coach College Hoops…

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