Larry Brown "certainly interested" in SMU job

Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown, who has been talking about getting involved in basketball again in some capacity, said on NBA TV Saturday night that he would "certainly be interested in SMU," a job he's been linked to now for a couple of weeks. Brown is expected to interview for the job Sunday.

Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown made an appearance on NBA TV Saturday night as an analyst, but before he could start talking hoops, he was asked about his interest in the head coaching vacancy at SMU that he's been linked to recently.

"I'd like to coach or be involved in basketball in some capacity," he said on live television. "I feel like I have something to offer. I would certainly be interested in SMU, but at the same time, I have bigger fish to fry."

And by fish he means his current gig as an analyst.

Brown was asked if he has had conversations with SMU, but wouldn't give a yes or no, but rather a, "I can't tell you that" response. He boasts a 1,098-904 record in the NBA and a 177-61 record at the college level.

Brown has been the only coach to win both NCAA and NBA titles, having led Kansas to the 1988 championship and the Detroit Pistons to one in '04.

He may be 71, but Brown clearly still has the coaching itch.

"I just want to be part of this game," he said. "I loved being a college coach. Really the two years I coached as the freshmen coach at North Carolina might have been the happiest two years of my life. But I love the game and I feel like I have something to give and I want to be part of it.

"I don't know about games, I'm not crazy about coaching games," he continued. "But I love practice … I always worry about whether my team is prepared for something that might happen, whether we did the job in practice. And that troubled me a little bit. But I love the preparation. I love being around the coaches, being around the players. What I found in pro and college, is [the players] want to get better and they want a coach who's going to teach them and that's something I really love."

Later in the show, Brown was asked who would play him in a movie and he said Allen Iverson, who had his famous "practice" press conference spiel under Brown's watch while with the 76ers.

Brown is expected to interview for the head coaching job at SMU Sunday.

Watch the video of Brown on NBA TV here.


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