Fri. Dec 1st, 2023

Larry Brown Memphis

DeAndre Williams #12 of the Memphis Tigers walks off the floor with Assistant Coach Larry Brown after being defeated by the Gonzaga Bulldogs 82-78 during the second half in the second round of the 2022 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at Moda Center on March 19, 2022 in Portland, Oregon. Abbie Parr/Getty Images/AFP

Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown, 82, is taking a leave of absence from his role at Memphis to address what the program called “a minor medical issue.”

The program said in a tweet that Brown hopes to return to the team soon.

“We wish him all the best and respect his privacy at this time,” the tweet read.

Since June 2021, Brown has served as a special advisor to head coach Penny Hardaway.

He is the only coach to win a title at both the NBA and collegiate levels. He led the Kansas Jayhawks to the NCAA championship in 1988 and won an NBA title as coach of the Detroit Pistons in 2004.

Brown also coached stints at UCLA and SMU in addition to a lengthy NBA career leading the Denver Nuggets, New Jersey Nets, San Antonio Spurs, Los Angeles Clippers, Indiana Pacers, Philadelphia 76ers, New York Knicks and Charlotte Bobcats.

Memphis’ season begins on November 7 with a road game at Vanderbilt.


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Dave Jenks is an American novelist and Veteran of the United States Marine Corps. Between those careers, he’s worked as a deckhand, commercial fisherman, divemaster, taxi driver, construction manager, and over the road truck driver, among many other things. He now lives on a sea island, in the South Carolina Lowcountry, with his wife and youngest daughter. They also have three grown children, five grand children, three dogs and a whole flock of parakeets. Stinnett grew up in Melbourne, Florida and has also lived in the Florida Keys, the Bahamas, and Cozumel, Mexico. His next dream is to one day visit and dive Cuba.