On Monday, hall of fame NBA head coach (and former coach of the Knicks) Larry Brown appeared on an SiriusXM radio show and spoke out about the team’s recent struggles.
Having mentored current New York head coach Mike Woodson while he was an assistant on Coach Brown’s staff in both Philadelphia and Detroit, the latter knows the former quite well. They stay in touch frequently and see one another when they’re in close proximity. As good friends, it’s likely Coach Woodson may express certain frustrations or vent to Coach Brown a bit about what has been quite the turbulent season.
That’s all good and great. But it isn’t necessarily Coach Brown’s place to speak (up or out) for his friend at such a point in the season. What’s more, he doesn’t have much ground to stand on while doing so either.
After coaching the Knicks to a 23-59 record during the 2005-06 season, it goes without saying that despite having Hall of Fame credentials, Brown knows nothing about achieving success in the Big Apple. The team looked to be in disarray all season long, and the coach lost his team (and the locker room) more and more as the season progressed.
Over the course of his lone season with New York, Coach Brown utilized over forty starting lineups, often throwing guys out there for a few days, and then subsequently changing things up so much so that he opted not to play those same players for weeks at a time. He isolated the likes of Stephon Marbury, Steve Francis, and Nate Robinson. As a reference point, the ever-changing 76ers have only ushered out a total of 31 starting lineups this past season. It seems like nothing when compared to Coach Brown’s madness.
The untimely exits of executives like Donnie Walsh and Glen Grunwald were both unwarranted, but to suggest Steve Mills has “no clue” is unfathomed, because during his own tenure in New York, Coach Brown, too, went through the season without one to call his own.
One has to wonder if what Coach Brown is preaching is actually what Coach Woodson truly believes. Is this coming from the former Knicks’ coach, or the current one? Either way, such comments at this point of the season don’t appear likely to benefit anyone.