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Larry Brown


Larry Brown is an American basketball coach and former player who is an assistant coach of the Memphis Tigers. Larry Brown is the only coach in basketball history to win both an NBA title and an NCAA national championship.

Early Life

Larry Brown was born on September 14, 1940, with the name Lawrence Harvey Brown. As of now, he is 82 years old. He is Jewish and his birthplace is Brooklyn, New York. His maternal grandfather Hittelman was from Minsk, Belarus.

His mother, Ann Brown, met his father Milton Brown who was a furniture salesman when she was 26 years old. Moreover, he has an older brother named Herbert and has been an NBA head coach.

Unfortunately, he lost his father in the year 1947 due to a ruptured aneurysm. His mother lived for 106 years.

Larry Brown – Education

This amazing player attended Long Beach High School. In Israel, he won a gold medal with Team USA in basketball at the 1961 Maccabiah Games, on a team that included Art Heyman and Charley Rosen.

He attended the University of North Carolina, where he played basketball under legendary coaches Dean Smith and Frank McGuire. However, he was an All-Atlantic Coast Conference player in 1963.

Larry Brown – Career

A stellar player for the Tar Heels in the early 1960s, Larry was considered too small to play in the NBA. He started his post-college career with the NABL’s Akron Wingfoots, where he played for 2 years (1964–1965).

In addition, he led the Wingfoots to the 1964 AAU National Championship. Later, he was chosen for Team USA’s 1964 Summer Olympics team, which won the gold medal.

After a brief stint as an assistant coach at North Carolina, this player joined the upstart American Basketball Association, playing with the Oakland Oaks, New Orleans Buccaneers, Washington Caps, Virginia Squires, and Denver Rockets.

In 1968, he was named MVP of the ABA’s first All-Star Game and was named to the All-ABA Second Team the same year. However, he led the ABA in assists per game during the league’s first three seasons.

Later, when he ended his playing career, Larry was the ABA’s all-time assist leader. His total of 2,509 assists places him 7th on the ABA’s career list. Therefore, he holds the ABA record for assists in a game with 23. Therefore, he was a three-time ABA All-Star.

Larry Brown

Caption: Larry Brown posing with the basketball. Source:

More about the career

Larry has a 1,275–965 lifetime professional coaching record in the American Basketball Association (ABA) and the National Basketball Association (NBA). And, he is the only coach in NBA history to lead eight teams (differing franchises) to the playoffs.

In addition, he also won an ABA championship as a player with the Oakland Oaks in the 1968–69 season and an Olympic Gold Medal in the year 1964. He is also the only person ever to coach two NBA franchises in the same season ( Clippers and Spurs). Before coaching, this player played collegiately at the University of North Carolina and professionally in the ABA.

On September 27, 2002, he was enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame as a coach. On July 8, 2021, the National Basketball Coaches Association awarded him the Chuck Daly Lifetime Achievement Award.

Larry Brown – Brand Endorsements

Larry has not disclosed any information about endorsing any brands. Maybe, he has not endorsed any brands till now. However, there are no records of his endorsement on any popular sites like Wikipedia.

Personal Life

Talking about his personal life, Larry married a former realtor, Shelly Galster Brown in 1993. The Browns have three daughters and one son. They were blessed with a beautiful daughter as their first child, Kristen Brown. Later, their daughters Madison Brown and Alli Brown and their son L.J Brown joined the family.

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Caption: Larry Brown with his wife. Source: Showbizcast

Body Measurements

Brown is 5 feet 9 inches tall which is equivalent to 1.75 meters. This personality weighs around 75 kilograms (165 lb). He has grey-colored hair and beautiful hazel eyes. However, other information regarding his body measurements is not available till now.

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Caption: Larry Brown watching the match. Source:

Social Media

This amazing player is active on Twitter with the username @LarryBrownSMU. He has a verified Twitter account with around 10.4k followers. However, he is not available on other social media accounts like Instagram and Facebook.

Net Worth

The former American basketball coach has a net worth of around 70 million dollars. It is estimated that Larry earned approximately $156 million during his coaching career.

Moreover, he has an annual salary of about $2 million. Overall, his amount of wealth comes from his primary career as a Basketball Coach and player.