The latest rumors sound a lot more serious and an announcement appears imminent so it’s time I sounded off about the Larry Brown to the Knicks situation. My feelings here are not that complex and can probably be summed up in one word: history.
History as in Pat Riley. When Riley took over the Knicks things almost immediately started going well for the team. They jelled and finally began to win after years of being losers. But when it ended it ended very badly with Riley coming within a inch of negotiating with the Heat against league rules. (Can you say tampering?)
If you look at Larry Brown and his history, both recent and ancient (remember when he was coach of the Nets?), you can see a trend that leads to the distinct possibility, no probability, that history (the Riley scenario) will repeat itself. Brown is one of the top coaches around and will do great for the Knicks. He’ll be a little more challenged here than in Detroit where he inherited a team that was a lot closer to a championship than the team he’s getting here. But I’m pretty sure he can pull it together and actually teach Isiah Thomas a thing or two about being a President/GM in the process. But when it ends, whether it’s 2 years, 4 years or ten years down the line, it’ll end badly. History, both that of Riley and Brown, is our best teacher.