“For my birthday this year, I want a cake this big!”
September 14, 2010: Lawrence Harvey Brown, the current coach of the Charlotte Bobcats, was born in Brooklyn, NY, 70 years ago today. Standing 5-foot-9 (now, not as a 1-year-old), Brown began his basketball career as a point guard for Long Beach High School before attending the University of North Carolina where he played under Dean Smith. Brown was a star for the Tar Heels, but due to his lack of size, he was unable to make the transition to the NBA, thus propelling him into coaching.
His first head coaching job came in 1972 with Davidson College, but since then he's coached (deep breath) the Carolina Cougars (ABA), the Denver Nuggets, the UCLA Bruins, the New Jersey Nets, the Kansas Jayhawks, the San Antonio Spurs, the L.A. Clippers, the Indiana Pacers, the Philadelphia 76ers, the Detroit Pistons, the New York Knicks and the Charlotte Bobcats.
During his 38-year coaching career, Brown has garnered pretty much every single coaching award there is. He's been named the ABA Coach of the Year (1973, 1975, 1976), Naismith College Coach of the Year (1988), NBA coach of the Year (2001) and coached the Jayhawks to a national championship in 1988 and the Pistons to an NBA title in 2004.
SportsCenter.com would like to wish a great big happy birthday to Larry Brown. Keep on coaching, coach!