Always good to hear from Larry Brown.
And if you're still a little unfamiliar with Sam Hinkie -- so is Larry.
Brown, now the head coach at SMU, was one of the many college coaches on hand at the 2013 Reebox Classic Breakout at Philadelphia University on Wednesday and was asked about the Sixers' current rebuilding process under Hinkie.
When a reporter prefaced a question saying he wasn't sure if Brown knew a lot of the Sixers' new GM, Brown quickly interjected, joking, "I don't think anybody knows him."
He was then asked if he found it unusual for a franchise to still be without a coach this late in the offseason, to which he responded: "I don't want to get into that."
But of course, Brown couldn't avoid talking about the team's future altogether.
"They got an unbelievable kid in the draft, an unbelievable young point guard," he said, referencing Michael Carter-Williams. "Hopefully, they're going to be back. It's going to take a little time, but when you trade to get Bynum, and he doesn't play, and you give [Maurice] Harkless and [Nik] Vucevic and Lou Williams and Andre Iguodala, I mean it's hard to make a comeback that quickly. So I hope people are patient, and I'm confident that if they're patient, getting two young great ones [Carter-Williams and Nerlens Noel] like that, they're on the right track."
Brown was finally asked his interest in returning to the NBA, following reports in early June that three teams, including the Sixers, had contacted him about their coaching vacancies.
"I'm alright where I am, but thank you so much," he said, referring to fans who might like to see him return.