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Larry Brown to coach in Italy

Larry Brown

FILE - In this March 6, 2016, file photo, SMU head coach Larry Brown works the sideline during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Cincinnati, in Cincinnati. Larry Brown says he is resigning as SMU’s basketball coach, ending a four-year run during which the Mustangs made the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1993 and then were banned from postseason play last season. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)


Larry Brown has moved from job to job – coaching Davidson, Carolina Cougars, Denver Nuggets, UCLA, New Jersey Nets, Kansas, San Antonio Spurs, Los Angeles Clippers, Indiana Pacers, Philadelphia 76ers, Detroit Pistons, New York Knicks, Charlotte Bobcats and SMU – for numerous reasons. Ego. Money. Restlessness.

But I believe he also wants to spread his basketball wisdom as far as he can. The basketball purist wants to get as many players as possible to “play the right way.”

Brown will take that message overseas. Torino in Italy hired him, the team announced.

The well seemed to have run dry for Brown as a head coach in the NBA and college basketball. He’s too closed-minded, too old-fashioned and too unaccepting of the NCAA’s (admittedly, horrible) rules. He was left with high-school options.

Or, apparently, Italian.

Perhaps, Brown will succeed in Europe, where coaches hold more power. He was once a great coach, and maybe that will translate better there. At minimum, it’ll be an interesting experiment – the Hall of Famer in a foreign land.