Larry Brown Quotes

I feel all great teams have two things in common: defense and rebounding. So, we stress defense and rebounding every day as the most important aspects in the game to win.

–Larry Brown

Failure does not come from losing, but from not trying.

–Larry Brown

As a coach, I feel if you can get your players to play hard and together on the defensive end, they will automatically be unselfish at the offensive end.

–Larry Brown

The point guard is there to serve others; to keep them involved and organised

–Larry Brown

All the successful teams I’ve ever seen have 3 characteristics: They play unselfish, they play together, and they play hard.

–Larry Brown

Kids today don’t know the difference between instruction and criticism .

–Larry Brown

Matter of fact, I spoke to him today and he wanted me to write down what kind of makeup of the team we would like – what kind of guards, forwards and centers.

–Larry Brown

The older you get the harder it is, … I’m not a good flier. I’ll take my Valium when we get to Florida.

–Larry Brown

When you’re losing game after game after game it’s tough. It’s hard to keep them up. It’s hard to get guys to keep competing. It’s really tough on the young kids. But you can’t stop coaching and trying to get better. You hope you have something positive to talk about.

–Larry Brown

The Larry Brown situation, I hate that, man. I respect Larry Brown, he’s a great coach. But I don’t like what he has become. This is getting to be redundant.

–Larry Brown

I look out there and I just think we’re running up and down the court. I see guys jumping up in the air and if they don’t have something, they try to invent plays. I guess we probably have to walk the ball up the rest of the year and call a play, see if we can keep people from shooting 57 and getting 120 points.

–Larry Brown

You’re not supposed to have to coach effort. I’ve never been in a situation where that’s ever been an issue. I’ve always been in places where I knew you could count on the effort. But again, this is as young a group as I’ve had in a long time.

–Larry Brown

I have a new appreciation for him because I’m with him longer now. Watching him play and grow as a player and a person so that makes me feel good … just hearing my friends call me that watching him play how much they think he’s improved and he’s trying to do what we want.

–Larry Brown

That’s his wife. That’s entirely different. He was worried about Kendra. That’s why he went in the stands, he saw her falling back.

–Larry Brown

I told him I wanted him to listen. I told him I appreciated the way he cheered for his teammates at the end of (Wednesday’s) game. It meant a lot. I was sorry that the crowd, some of the people booed him. And I told him I just wanted him to let us coach him the rest of the year. He’s not going anywhere, and let’s move on.

–Larry Brown

Say it was last summer, I think you’d probably make that choice. I think he’s going to improve.

–Larry Brown

I looked out on the court, we had our summer team out there to beat a pretty good team. You know we are playing a playoff team and competing, and it was really fun to watch.

–Larry Brown

 

 

It was a change coaching Chauncey because he’s a scoring point guard. You know, I expect a lot from point guards in terms of getting everybody involved and being an extension of the coaching staff on the court … We’ve both been kind of learning. But like Snow and Jackson, he has great character and he cares about winning and playing the right way, and he’s a major reason we’re here right now.

–Larry Brown

Well, if he’s miffed he’s not as smart as I think he is. I’m not worried about it. He had a great practice. He’ll have an opportunity to play. It’s entirely up to him.

–Larry Brown

It’s killing me because I’m the coach and I’ve got the responsibility to make the team play better. Obviously, we’re not getting better. We didn’t compete with New Jersey. They dominated every area.

–Larry Brown

We’re just young. And I guess this is the process you have to live with.

–Larry Brown

We’re playing under control a little bit better and not just running up and down the court. When you’ve got guys like Jalen and Steve who will make the extra pass, it just seems to open it up for everybody. I feel good about everybody’s contribution.

–Larry Brown

I look around, the young kids can make a mistake, but it’s generally with effort and that will go a long way to correcting itself, … We’ve got to get all of us doing that, because you’re going to make mistakes. Take a bad shot, turn the ball over. It’s going to happen, but you can’t compound it by not doing your job, and understanding the trust, I always talk about trust, if I don’t hustle back I affect my whole team, and I have to believe strongly enough not to ever let that happen.

–Larry Brown

I loved the effort. We shared the ball, and it was more fun to watch with them trying like they did. We played hard, and we played unselfishly. I thought we were ready.

–Larry Brown

I look around, the young kids can make a mistake, but it’s generally with effort and that will go a long way to correcting itself, … We’ve got to get all of us doing that, because you’re going to make mistakes. Take a bad shot, turn the ball over. It’s going to happen, but you can’t compound it by not doing your job, and understanding the trust, I always talk about trust, if I don’t hustle back I affect my whole team, and I have to believe strongly enough not to ever let that happen.

–Larry Brown

They come every single day and play with passion. It might not always be right. But when you don’t have to coach effort, it’s a big step.

–Larry Brown

I don’t look at it like that, … I’ve been in holes before. My whole thing is to see if we can get better. That’s the key. I don’t worry about the record. I worry about us getting better. And if we get better, things usually have a way of taking care of themselves.

–Larry Brown

The bottom line is we don’t have a rotation, we don’t know who can play. So it’s going to take time. Eventually we’re going to have an eight- or nine-man rotation and we’ll probably have nine happy guys and five that are unhappy.

–Larry Brown

I think if you look at the M. O. of this team all year, we have had trouble making stops. We have turned the ball over, we lead the league in turnovers, points of turnovers, and assist-to-turnovers. I keep telling them if you want to play playoff basketball, you’ve got to take care of the ball and execute. We don’t get it and we have to keep working on it.

–Larry Brown

I’m mad, … But that’s my responsibility. I’ve got to get guys to play the right way. But I see a two-on-one break, and we don’t make a pass. Defensively, a guy beats us and there’s nobody there to help out.

–Larry Brown

 

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