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“He has held a record nine NBA jobs and was 1,098-904 (.548 winning percentage) with Denver, New Jersey, San Antonio, the Los Angeles Clippers, Indiana, Philadelphia, Detroit, New York and Charlotte. He took all of those teams but the Knicks to the playoffs. SMU last went to the NCAA tournament in 1993. Doherty was fired March 13 with one year left on his contract after going 80-109 in six seasons. Brown's hiring was welcomed by Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle, who was fired by the Pistons in 2003 and replaced by Brown. Brown won a championship in his first season and took the Pistons to the NBA finals again before leaving to join the Knicks. "It's a big-time hire," Carlisle said. "He's a guy that I know well, he's a friend. To get a guy in that stature and status to the city of Dallas to coach at SMU, it's a big deal. It's a big deal. He'll do a great job." Information from The Associated Press and ESPN.com senior basketball writer Andy Katz contributed to this report.
When I look in the mirror, I get kind of scared. But inside, I feel like I can do this forever.” -- New SMU coach Larry Brown