Larry Brown is such a friggin Liar....read the article in the papers today where he says he and AI never had any on court problems then read the excerpts from different news sources on their on court problems during the time they were at Philly....
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The least likely scenario is they learn to work together and forge a productive relationship the way Brown and Allen Iverson did in Philadelphia. Brown seemed offended that Marbury had compared his situation to Iverson's on Monday.
"He came to every game trying to win as hard as he possibly could," said Brown, who coached Iverson from 1997-2003. "He played hurt, broken down. He competed every single night. ... And they all knew that every single night he tried to win the game. Right? MVP of the League, MVP of the All-Star Game. He took us to the Finals with three starters out. He competed every single minute of every single game. And I think he got better."
Of course, Brown and Iverson had their share of public spats as well over Iverson's practice habits.
"Never had a problem with Allen on the court," Brown said. "Not on the court. On the court, he tried to win every game."
Iverson has come under fire recently for outwardly shunning coach Larry Brown, even refusing to play the entire second half of a game.
Brown had a contentious relationship with Allen Iverson, but the two worked together despite several disputes.
At one point, the All-Star guard nearly was traded to Detroit. A few times, Brown came close to leaving, and once had to be talked out of quitting by Croce and general manager Billy King.
The biggest issue, however, is not the way Allen Iverson dribbles the ball, but how he disposes of it. He is a point guard with a shooting guard’s mentality, if not the skills. "He’s taking jump shots, and he’s not a jump shooter," says his coach Larry Brown. "When was the last time you saw him take a pick-and-roll and get to the rim?"
"If you come down and jack up a bad shot and nobody else touches the ball, what good have you done?" Brown told Iverson earlier this year. "Those four guys, they don’t want to come back down on defense. They don’t really want to pick up your guy on the switch, set you a good screen next time. It gets old for them real fast."
“I have this problem with Allen for five years now. I like his winner attitude and that he’s never giving up. But he wants to run some things like he wants it to run. This situation must change. Immediately!!!"
The disappointing 2001-2002 season and the 76ers keep up with the amazing season before. Larry Brown was also disappointed about Allen’s elbow surgery on the beginning of the training camp. After the debacle against the Celtics, Brown wanted to trade Iverson again. He almost offered Iverson to every team in the NBA, but he didn’t find any exchange partner for him.
detroit free press
A narcissist and revisionist like Larry Brown always enjoys an opportunity to weave his autobiography yet again, during another one of his rebirths. All a sportswriter is left to do is admire and pay homage to a man who has achieved so much in basketball, yet never coached an NBA championship team. Besides, Larry Brown would never lie to promote his Hall of Fame credentials or hide some of the more despicable aspects of his personality, right?
So, Larry Brown complained, as he loved to do in Philadelphia, about Allen Iverson and the people who supported him during many years of varying success. In the mind of Larry Brown, the team, not the coach, set double standards for rules during practice; Allen Iverson was an "****" who simply did not want to learn or be led, which left the coach no choice but to leave because he could not coach a team of "****" any longer.
The only problem with the tale-of-the-oppressed Larry Brown is that it is all fiction. The team was a product of the coach's own making: despite his denials, he ran the team, coached its players, and had the final say on personnel decisions; he could decide which **** he wanted and which **** he did not want. When Larry Brown bemoaned the fact that he "never knew what his role was," Pat Croce, former Sixers President, responded on 610 WIP's Morning Show with the following: "That man is so full of feces that it makes you nauseous. Everyone had to laugh at that. I couldn't get him to Philadelphia unless I also gave him the title of 'grand pooh-bah.' He was vice president of basketball. He made all the decisions . . . How can he even say [that he didn't have final say]? He had to say that tongue in cheek. He had to be kidding. Every decision was ultimately his decision. Yes, he ran things through Billy. Yes, he would ask [director of player personnel] Tony DiLeo. He had the ultimate decision...on every single call. The only thing that I ever countered him on, the only one, is that I never wanted Derrick Coleman back." [as quoted by Phil Jasner of the Philadelphia Daily News].
Of course, Mr. Brown does slip and tell the truth from time to time, even when it might be a bit incriminating. When he said that he was tired of going to practice to coach the Sixers, Pat Croce collaborates this: "He leaves, and not only leaves, but the next day he goes to New York and interviews with Houston, and then he goes into Detroit. That bothers me. And then he disses Allen Iverson when he's at the dais, pretending he's joking, saying, 'But, oh, I never missed practice.' Well, that's bull, because I know he missed practice, 'cause I had to call him at home to get him to work. He missed practice more than once. I think he's divorced himself from Philadelphia. It bothers me. That bothers me. I don't think he should have left, to be honest with you."
In a business where everyone is admittedly fighting for their own best interest, Larry Brown takes it another step towards the absurd. When Larry Brown wanted to leave Philadelphia, his bosses took the high road and let him walk without even seeking compensation from his next employer while he was under contract, thus making it easier for him to find a new job. In return, noting but lies and distortion and a little self-aggrandizement on the part of the coach. Then again, the city that had given him a free ride for some many years could not expect any less from Larry Brown.
It is time to celebrate the death of Mr. Brown's integrity
Brown preaches loyalty, yet he is known for jumping ship. He preaches the "right way," yet he allowed Allen Iverson to run the show single-handedly in Philly. He criticizes immature players, yet unprofessionally casts blame on everyone other than himself when things do not go according to plan.