Larry Brown wants basketball role

Updated: March 28, 2012, 1:34 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

Amid a report that he's shown interest in SMU's coaching vacancy, Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown said Wednesday that he'd like to return to basketball in some form.

Brown told ESPN.com's Dana O'Neil that he has not been contacted by the Mustangs, but declined to answer whether he had reached out to the school. The Brown-SMU link was reported earlier by the Dallas Morning News.

"I'm not going to be politicking for a job right now," the 71-year-old Brown said. "I'd like to get back involved in the game in some capacity. Whether that's as a coach, assistant, running a team or just as a resource, I don't care."

Brown's last job was as coach of the Charlotte Bobcats, which ended in 2010, his seventh NBA job since leaving Kansas after winning the 1988 NCAA championship.

"Everyone has been calling me today," Brown told O'Neil on Wednesday. "I don't want people to be feeling sorry for me, like I'm looking for a job. I'd like to get back involved, yes, but I'm not sitting here politicking."

Brown won the NBA championship with Detroit in 2004. After leaving the Jayhawks, he also coached the San Antonio Spurs, Los Angeles Clippers, Indiana Pacers, Philadelphia 76ers and New York Knicks.

SMU fired Matt Doherty March 13 after six seasons.

Dana O'Neil covers men's college basketball for ESPN.com.

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