Former Tar Heel player and assistant coach Larry Brown announced on Wednesday that he is not yet ready to leave his coaching job with the Philadelphia 76ers.
The only issue in Brown's mind was whether he had the ability to give back to his players all that they have given to him. After spending some time with his family he decided the answer is yes. "I just thought I was ready to go on," Brown said. "Coming back for rookie camp, being around the players is something I truly love."
The past two years have been a whirlwind of activity for the 60-year-old coaching veteran. Following the 1999-2000 season Brown spent the summer in Australia with USA's gold medalist Dream Team III as an assistant coach. He coached the East to victory in the 2001 NBA All-Star Game. In March Brown was diagnosed with acid reflux and a hernia. He then guided the injury-riddled Sixers to the NBA Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers, losing in 5 games.
After pondering the toll over the last two seasons Brown concluded, "I couldn't have a better job. This is the only place I want to coach." Larry Brown's current contract has four years remaining.