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Jun 4, 2014

Lakers Rumors: Larry Brown not interested in coaching job

By on 7:26 PM

Larry Brown has been mentioned as one of the leading coaching candidates for the Los Angeles Lakers. Despite the glitz and glamour of Hollywood, he isn't interested in coaching the Lakers.

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In an interview with USA TODAY Sports, Brown spoke about his relationship with Lakers' general manager Mitch Kupchak:
"I've always kept in touch with Mitch; I admire the hell out of him. I talk to Mitch all the time. [But] we're not talking about coaching the Lakers. I've read some of the names. They've got a long list of good people to choose from, and I'm here at SMU. I want to win a national championship."
Brown definitely has the credentials to be the next coach of the Lakers. He remains the only coach to win championships at the NBA level and in the NCAA. He won the national championship with Kansas in 1988, and led the Detroit Pistons to an NBA championship in 2004.

However, his record has been tarnished, when he briefly coached the New York Knicks. He openly argued with Knicks' players, and led the team to a disappointing 23-59 record. He left New York after one year to coach the Charlotte Bobcats from 2008 to 2010, before returning to the collegiate ranks with SMU.

The SMU Mustangs went 15-17 in Brown's first season with the team, but has turned it around in his second year. In 2013-14, the Mustangs had a respectable 27-10 record, and Brown is optimistic about SMU's future:
"I'm just so thankful SMU gave me this chance. We have made such progress. We've got a bunch of young kids already committed for the future and I'd love to finish it out here... I'd love to see (the Lakers) get a great coach, because I love Mitch and I love that franchise. But I'm thrilled where I am. I feel so fortunate I've had this chance."
Moreover, his son attends SMU, where he just finished his freshman year. It doesn't look like he's making a leap back to the NBA anytime soon.


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