A source with intimate knowledge of the situation confirmed to Comcast SportsNet that the Sixers, along with a couple other NBA teams, have shown interest in former Sixers coach Larry Brown for their current head coaching vacancies.
The source wasn’t certain how serious the interest is -- it's important to note that the Sixers' contact came before Sam Hinkie replaced Tony DiLeo as general manager -- or if teams are just paying respect to the Hall of Famer. The source said Brown is happy with his head coaching position at SMU but would be interested in possibly running an NBA franchise, calling the Sixers a natural fit because of Brown’s Philly connections.
On Tuesday, SNY reported that the Nets, Sixers and a third team -- possibly the Clippers -- contacted Brown about their coaching openings.
Brown appeared as a guest on 97.5 The Fanatic on Wednesday and downplayed any connection between himself and the Sixers.
"They have new ownership,” Brown said. “I think when Tony [DiLeo] was let go I don’t think that they would have any interest in somebody like me. I love the team, I love the city. I have always felt that if there was any way I could help as a resource because of the way I was treated I would love to do that. But I think there are probably a lot of great options out there for them.”
Brown, 72, just completed the first season of his 14th coaching gig. His Mustangs went 15-17, then brought in the nation’s 14th ranked recruiting class, according to Rivals.com. Brown’s son, L.J., is an incoming freshman at SMU, though he won’t be playing basketball.
Brown coached the Sixers from 1997-2003, winning a Coach of the Year award in 2001, when he led them to the Finals.