This afternoon, the Knicks will announce the hiring of NBA vagabond Larry Brown as the new coach of the Knicks. The contract pays Brown around $10 million per season. Brown is 64 and is already a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame. He has coached teams to both an NCAA title and an NBA championship, and is widely regarded (along with Phil Jackson) as the NBA's top coach.
While the move was sudden, nothing is too surprising about Brown's switching jobs. In the past 15 years, he has coached the Spurs, Clippers, Pacers, Sixers, and Pistons. In each case, Brown arrives, whips a team into improvement and contention, then gets restless and departs. This was never more clear than last week, when he negotiated a buyout of his contract with the Pistons...a team that has been in the NBA Finals for the past two years!
Brown also has a reputation for over-tinkering with his player roster, which will be interesting considering that (a) the Knicks are so free spending; and (b) that they're so bogged down in long-term contracts that trades are going to be tough. It has already been rumored that Stephon Marbury may be the first to go. The good news for fans is that there is no doubt that Brown will improve the team in 2006.
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