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Larry Brown on Brad Stevens’ departure
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On July 3, 2013 @ 11:39 pm In Wirenews | Comments Disabled
by Eric Prisbell, USA TODAY Sports
Basketball Hall of Famer Larry Brown is the only coach to win an NBA title (2004, Detroit Pistons) and NCAA Division I title (1988 Kansas), which makes him a rarity. The fact that he found success at both levels is almost as rare.
Brown spoke to USA TODAY Sports on Wednesday about Brad Stevens’ departure from Butler University to the Boston Celtics:
“Most of these (college) guys who go to the NBA, nobody gives them enough time to really get a chance to turn it around and do it the right way. So I hate to see him leave college because I have so much admiration for him but he’s a great kid. And I think with Danny (Ainge) and that organization, it’s going to be great. I am really happy for him.
“Every job is a challenge. I think it would be more of a challenge if he had to coach a team expected to win. The biggest thing, he has people in place there who know what it takes. They didn’t just hire this kid thinking that he is going to win an NBA championship right away. They realize that it is a learning process. And now he has to get some good people with him to sit there and help him because it is a different game.
“I always tell my assistants in college, ‘An NBA coach makes 30 decisions in a game, and a college coach probably makes five.’ And then you magnify that with 82 games, and exhibitions and playoffs, in college you play 30-something games. I am pretty confident that Danny will surround him with good people who are loyal and who will help him through this process. He’ll do great.
“If you can coach, you can coach. I have always said that. There are great coaches on both levels. My whole thing is, as a college coach, you are in charge of your program. As a pro coach, the success ones, the GM, the owner and the coach are connected at the hip. And the ones that aren’t successful, there is no connection there, only if you … [For more on NCAA and NBA champion Larry Brown on Brad Stevens, click here.]
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