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Larry Brown Interested in C’s Assistant Opening?


Adrian Wojanarowski of Yahoo! Sports has the scoop, with the C’s weighing Brown against internal candidates for the newly vacant top assistant position:

Despite Brown’s credentials and good relationship with Rivers, the Celtics coach is inclined to promote a well-regarded young assistant on his staff – Mike Longabardi – sources said. Nevertheless, Rivers hasn’t ruled out the idea of further discussing a spot for Brown on his bench next season.

Rivers agreed to a new five-year, $35 million contract in June, and the Celtics aren’t dying to pay for a high-profile assistant like they’ve had recently in Tom Thibodeau and Frank, sources said. And yet as one league source close to Brown said, “Larry would do this for less than the going rate.”

Rivers and Brown discussed a spot on the Celtics’ coaching staff in 2007, but Brown decided to stay with the Philadelphia 76ers as a consultant. Since the Charlotte Bobcats fired Brown in late 2010, he’s been passed over with but sparse consideration for several NBA head coaching openings – and even been turned back in his overtures for several college jobs, too.

It’s no secret how close Brown and Rivers are. Doc had this to say about Brown when he was let go by the Bobcats earlier this season:

“It’s disturbing I guess. I have a great relationship with Larry, so it’s tough. He’s a great coach. It’s a tough business, as we have learned….way too much.”

Still this could be the ultimate conundrum for Rivers entering (hopefully) what will be next season. Go old like the rest of the roster for one great basketball mind in what will likely be a one-year stint for Brown and one final title run? Even if it comes at the risk of overlooking some worthy candidates in-house? Or go young with a guy like Longabardi for both now and likely the future in probably is the safer choice? You can make a strong case either way. It’s a situation we will have more on next week, but I’d be surprised to see any resolution soon.

  • LStrike

    Our window is closing. Doc should choose the assistant who will be the best bet to help the Celtics win a championship THIS year.

    Whichever one that is, I don't know.

    • dslack

      Yes, agreed.

  • I_Love_Green

    Sign Larry for this year. He'd work great with Doc, and then next year we could promote Longabardi.

  • Batman

    Hell if we're gonna sign Brown just bring Allen Iverson back from turkey, get the old timers crew back together

    • The other Alex

      Just the thought of Delonte and AI playing in the backcourt .. oh boy

  • I_Love_Green

    Now that I think about it, do you guys think there would be a little power struggle between Doc and Larry? I mean, obviously Doc is our guy, but Larry is a legendary head coach, so I wonder how he'd handle an assistant coaching job.

    • Batman

      I'm more worried about a power struggle between Rondo and Larry
      Larry is notoriously hard on his star guards and Rondo is as stubborn as Iverson

  • Gary Carter

    I do not think we need Larry Brown, he has been associated with tooooo much loooosing lately.

    • http://acanthosisnigricans.org acanthosis nigricans

      Definitely agreed. The Celtics don't need him.

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