EAST HAMPTON, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Larry Brown might soon land a surprising new gig: high school coach.
The nomadic NBA and college coaching veteran has expressed interest in coaching the boys varsity team at East Hampton High School, according to multiple reports.
“In fairness to Larry, he has maintained that he’s not sure, but that if he does do it, he wants to be in it 100 percent,” the school’s athletic director, Joe Vasile-Cozzo, told Newsday. “And I’m like, ‘Whatever works for you, we’re game.’
“The bottom line is he loves basketball and he loves working with kids,” Vasile-Cozzo added. “We would be thrilled to have him in any capacity.”
Vasile-Cozzo said he spoke with Brown about the school’s vacancy Tuesday morning and plans to talk with him again Tuesday night. He said one thing Brown wants to ensure is that the job works with his schedule.
“If I do that, I can’t do it halfway,” Brown told The Kansas City Star. “They told me I can still speak and go to colleges, but I don’t want to cheat the kids. So if I’m going to do it, I’ll do it 100 percent.”
Brown, 76, has owned a home in the area for more than a decade, according to Newsday. He was born in Brooklyn and attended Long Beach High School on Long Island.
The Hall of Famer is the only coach to win college and NBA titles, winning with Kansas in 1988 and with the Pistons in 2004. He also has coached the Nets, Knicks, 76ers and Pacers, among others.
Brown most recently coached Southern Methodist University, which he led to its first NCAA tournament appearance in more than 20 years.
The NCAA, however, placed SMU on probation last year, took away scholarships and declared the program ineligible for the 2016 postseason, citing “academic fraud, unethical conduct and head coach control.”
Brown resigned in June.
East Hampton went 18-3 last season and lost to Harborfields in the Suffolk County Class A final. The Bonackers’ recently hired coach, Jesse Shapiro, abruptly resigned last week.