Brown: I 'wouldn't consider' Isiah my friend

May, 11, 2011
Let’s just say Larry Brown and Isiah Thomas won’t be going out to dinner anytime soon.

In an interview with ESPN New York 1050's Michael Kay on his YES Network television show, “CenterStage,” Brown, the former New York Knicks coach, said that he “wouldn't consider” Thomas, his former boss, a friend, nor does he “look forward to seeing him.”

“I don’t have a relationship with him at all,” Brown told Kay. “He gave me a chance. I appreciate that. But I wouldn’t consider him a friend. I don’t look forward to seeing him, but I don’t wish him bad.”

Brown was fired by Thomas after guiding the Knicks to a woeful 23-59 record in 2005-06 -- the second-worst record in the entire NBA and tied for the most losses in franchise history.

“I didn’t like working for him,” Brown said. “People beat him up. I don’t want to beat him up, [but] I just didn’t enjoy working for him. He thought what he did was right, and I want to leave it at that.”

The Knicks hired Brown prior to the start of the 2005-06 campaign and gave him a five-year $50 million contract in hopes that he would turn around the flailing franchise.

But Brown didn’t get much of a chance. He feuded with point guard Stephon Marbury -- a favorite of Thomas, criticized other players and was replaced by Thomas himself on June 23, 2006.

Brown, who owns a 1,098-904 NBA coaching record over the course of his 27-year career, is the only basketball coach in history to win both an NCAA championship (1988, Kansas) and an NBA title (2004, Detroit Pistons).

The Brooklyn native was inducted into the Hall of Fame as a coach in 2002.

Brown coached the Charlotte Bobcats from 2008-10, leading the franchise to its first-ever playoff berth in 2009-10. However, he and the team parted ways after the Bobcats kicked off the 2010-11 campaign by going just 9-19.

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