Italian hoops just a lot more interesting. Larry Brown has agreed to terms to be the next coach of FIAT Torino (Italy-Serie A) for the 2018-19 season. The 77-year-old Brown has an extensive coaching resumé that goes back to the late 70’s. He won an NBA title with the Detroit Pistons in 2004 and was also the US National Team head coach that year. Brown was a coach in the NBA from 1989 to 2010. His longest stint was with the Philadelphia 76ers, from 1997 to 2003. Brown also led the Kansas City Jayhawks to an NCAA title in 1988.
This is the first time that a coach of his pedigree and stature. Brown was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2002. There will be an interesting meeting of the minds as he gets exposed to European, specifically domestic Italian basketball. This is a big step for the Italian franchise. Torino finished 2017-18 in 11th place with a disappointing 13-17 record. Brown will be bringing a treasure chest full of experience coaching at the highest levels of the game. Expectations will be great but Brown has a lot to offer. His last coaching experience was in the NCAA as head coach of Southern Methodist University’s Men’s Basketball Team from 2012 to 2016. He is a winner and knows what it takes to build a franchise into one. He will need to make some adjustments, with this being his first time to coach a pro team in Europe, but there should not be any serious obstacles for the veteran coach.
Former player Danny Calabria has already been selected join Brown’s coaching staff as an assistant.