Larry Brown
Brown in 2014
Personal information
Born (1940-09-14) September 14, 1940 (age 83)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Listed height5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Listed weight165 lb (75 kg)
Career information
High schoolLong Beach (Lido Beach, New York)
CollegeNorth Carolina (1960–1963)
NBA draft1963: 7th round, 55th overall pick
Selected by the Baltimore Bullets
Playing career1967–1972
PositionPoint guard
Coaching career1965–1967, 1972–2022
Career history
As player:
1967–1968New Orleans Buccaneers
19681971Oakland Oaks / Washington Caps / Virginia Squires
19711972Denver Rockets
As coach:
1965–1967North Carolina (assistant)
19721974Carolina Cougars
19741979Denver Nuggets
19811983New Jersey Nets
19881992San Antonio Spurs
19921993Los Angeles Clippers
19931997Indiana Pacers
19972003Philadelphia 76ers
20032005Detroit Pistons
2005–2006New York Knicks
20082010Charlotte Bobcats
2018Auxilium Torino
2021Memphis (assistant)
2022Memphis (advisor to HC)
Career highlights and awards
As player:

As coach:

* Vacated by the NCAA
Career ABA playing statistics
Points4,229 (11.2 ppg)
Rebounds1,005 (2.7 rpg)
Assists2,509 (6.7 apg)
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Career coaching record
ABA & NBA1327–1011 (.568)
Basketball Hall of Fame as coach
College Basketball Hall of Fame
Inducted in 2006
Men's basketball
Representing the  United States
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1964 Tokyo Men's basketball
Head coach for the  United States
Bronze medal – third place 2004 Athens Men's basketball
Assistant coach for the  United States
Gold medal – first place 2000 Sydney Men's basketball
FIBA Americas Championship
Head coach for the  United States
Gold medal – first place 2003 San Juan Men's basketball

Lawrence Harvey Brown (born September 14, 1940) is an American basketball coach and former player who last served as an assistant coach for the Memphis Tigers. Brown is the only coach in basketball history to win both an NCAA national championship (Kansas Jayhawks, 1988) and an NBA title (Detroit Pistons, 2004). He has a 1,275–965 lifetime professional coaching record in the American Basketball Association (ABA) and the National Basketball Association (NBA) and is the only coach in NBA history to lead eight teams (differing franchises) to the playoffs. He also won an ABA championship as a player with the Oakland Oaks in the 1968–69 season, and an Olympic Gold Medal in 1964. He is also the only person ever to coach two NBA franchises in the same season (Spurs and Clippers during the 1991–92 NBA season).[1] Before coaching, Brown played collegiately at the University of North Carolina and professionally in the ABA.

Brown was enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame as a coach on September 27, 2002. On July 8, 2021, the National Basketball Coaches Association awarded Brown the Chuck Daly Lifetime Achievement Award.[2]

Early life and early basketball accomplishments

Brown is Jewish[3] and was born in Brooklyn, New York.[4] His maternal grandfather Hittelman was from Minsk, Belarus, and his mother's family immigrated to the United States in 1910 and opened a bakery in Brooklyn.[5] His mother met his father Milton Brown, a furniture salesman, when she was 26 years old.[5] He has an older brother, Herbert, who has been an NBA head coach.[5] In 1947 his father died suddenly of a ruptured aneurysm.[5] His family moved first to Brooklyn, then to Long Beach, New York, on Long Island.[5] His mother lived until the age of 106.[5]

A 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) point guard, Brown attended Long Beach High School.[6] He won a gold medal with Team USA in basketball at the 1961 Maccabiah Games in Israel, on a team that included Art Heyman and Charley Rosen.[7][8][9]

Brown attended University of North Carolina, where he played basketball under legendary coaches Frank McGuire and Dean Smith. Brown was an All-Atlantic Coast Conference player in 1963.[9]

Playing career

A stellar player for the Tar Heels in the early 1960s, Brown was considered too small to play in the NBA. He began his post-college career with the National Alliance of Basketball Leagues's Akron Wingfoots, where he played for two years (1964–65). He led the Wingfoots to the 1964 AAU National Championship. Brown was selected for Team USA's 1964 Summer Olympics team, which won the gold medal.[3]

After a two-year stint (1965-1967) as an assistant coach at North Carolina, Brown joined the upstart American Basketball Association, playing with the New Orleans Buccaneers (1967–68), Oakland Oaks (1968–69), Washington Caps (1969–70), Virginia Squires (1970–71), and Denver Rockets (1971–72). Brown was named MVP of the ABA's first All-Star Game in 1968, and was named to the All-ABA Second Team the same year. Brown led the ABA in assists per game during the league's first three seasons, and when he ended his playing career, Brown was the ABA's all-time assist leader. His total of 2,509 assists places him seventh on the ABA's career list, and he holds the ABA record for assists in a game with 23.[10] He was a three-time ABA All-Star.[11]

Coaching and management career

Early years: 1969–1983

Brown in 1979

Brown's first head coaching job was at Davidson College in North Carolina in 1969. He resigned after less than two months, having never fielded a team or coached a game. He did not discuss the reasons for his resignation, saying only that "it was in the best interests of Davidson and myself".[12] He has later stated that it was a matter of the program reneging on promises made.[13]

Brown coaching UCLA circa 1981

Brown moved on to the ABA and coached with the Carolina Cougars and then the Denver Nuggets, who later joined the NBA in 1976, for five and a half seasons from 1974 to 1979. He then moved on to coach for UCLA (1979–1981), leading his freshman-dominated 1979–80 team to the NCAA title game before falling to Louisville, 59–54. However, that appearance was later vacated by the NCAA after two UCLA players were found to be ineligible—one of the few times a Final Four squad has had its record vacated. Brown was the head coach for the NBA's New Jersey Nets for two years following that, from 1981 to 1983.

University of Kansas: 1983–1988

Brown began his tenure at the University of Kansas (1983–1988), replacing the fired Ted Owens, who had overseen back-to-back losing seasons in 1981–82 and 1982–83. Brown's impact was felt almost immediately, as the 1983–84 Jayhawks put together a 22–10 record, finished in second place in that year's Big 8 standings, upset Oklahoma to win the 1984 Big 8 Tournament, and advanced to the 1984 NCAA Tournament's Round of 32 before losing to Wake Forest. In the meantime Brown signed the most coveted high school player in the country, Danny Manning, to play for KU after signing his father, Ed Manning, to a position as an assistant coach.

Perhaps Brown's finest team at Kansas was the 1985–86 team. This squad put together a 35–4 record, the first 30-win season in KU history. They won the Big 8 regular season title for the first time since 1978, defeated Iowa State to win the 1986 Big 8 Tournament, and advanced to the 1986 Final Four before losing to Duke in the semifinals.

In the 1987–88 season, Kansas got off to a mediocre 12–8 start, including 1–4 in the Big 8, and the end of the Jayhawks' 55-game homecourt winning streak in Allen Fieldhouse. Ultimately, behind the high-scoring of Danny Manning, KU rallied to win nine of their next twelve games to finish third place in the Big 8 and qualify for the 1988 NCAA tournament as a 6-seed in the Midwest Regional. Kansas then proceeded to defeat 11th-seed Xavier, 14th-seed Murray State, and 7th-seed Vanderbilt before meeting rival Kansas State, which had beaten KU twice in three meetings that year. KU upset the 4th-seeded Wildcats 71–58 in the Elite Eight to reach the Final Four in Kansas City's Kemper Arena. Once there, Kansas upset the East Region's #2 seed Duke, 66–59, avenging an overtime loss at home to the Blue Devils earlier in the season. Two nights later, the Jayhawks, who became known as "Danny and the Miracles", upset the Southeast Region's #1-seed and fellow Big 8 rival Oklahoma, 83–79, to avenge a regular-season sweep by the Sooners and win the 1988 NCAA championship. Manning, who scored 31 points and grabbed 18 rebounds in the final, was named Most Outstanding Player of the Tournament. Kansas concluded the year 27–11; the 11 losses remain a record for most losses by an NCAA champion to this day.

Two months later, Brown opted to return to professional coaching, departing KU for the San Antonio Spurs. In his five seasons at Kansas, Brown had one Big 8 regular season title, two Big 8 postseason titles, five NCAA Tournament appearances, three Sweet 16 appearances, two trips to the Final Four, and one national title. As a collegiate coach, he had a cumulative coaching record of 177–61 (.744) in seven seasons, including a 135–44 (.754) record at Kansas. His efforts led to him being named "Coach of the Year" for the NCAA in 1988 and "Coach of the Year" for the Big Eight Conference in 1986.

After Brown left Kansas to return to the NBA, NCAA sanctions were levied against Kansas in the 1988–89 season as a result of recruiting violations; potential transfer Vincent Askew was provided with money to leave his campus visit to visit his ill grandmother. No players on any of Brown's teams were named in the report, and Askew did not transfer to Kansas. The Jayhawks were given three years' probation and banned from the 1989 NCAA Tournament–to date, the only time a defending champion has been barred from defending its title. They were also docked one scholarship for the 1989–90 season, and barred from paid visits during the 1989 calendar year. As harsh as these sanctions were, the infractions committee seriously considered imposing a "death penalty" on Kansas, which would have resulted in canceling the entire 1989–90 season. Indeed, enforcement director David Berst said that Kansas was "on the bubble" for a death penalty. However, the committee opted against imposing a death penalty because Askew was the only player who received impermissible benefits, and because Brown had returned to the NBA by then.[14][15]

San Antonio Spurs: 1988–1992

Brown was hired to coach the San Antonio Spurs in 1988, signing a five-year, $3.5 million contract.[16] With Brown at the helm, the Spurs won two consecutive Midwest Division titles. In his second season, the Spurs, led by David Robinson–who finally joined the Spurs after serving his two-year naval commitment–vaulted from the worst record in franchise history to the best. Brown remained with the Spurs until he was fired on January 21, 1992.[17] He described his tenure later as a rocky one in his press conference for his next coaching position, saying "In San Antonio, we won 21 games my first year, and that never satisfied our owner (referring to Red McCombs). From Day 1, I felt he felt he made a terrible mistake in hiring me, and no matter what we did after that I always felt that was the case...I have a commitment from the Clippers. I think they made a statement, and I think that statement will be made to the players. I don't know if our players in San Antonio ever felt that I was in control of the basketball end."[18]

Los Angeles Clippers: 1992–1993

On February 7, 1992, Brown was hired to coach the Los Angeles Clippers.[19] He took a sub-.500 team in 1992 and guided them to their first winning season since the franchise moved to Los Angeles and their first playoff berth since they were the Buffalo Braves in 1976. He followed that up the next season with another playoff appearance in 1993. Brown resigned his position on May 21, 1993.[20] The Clippers claimed to be surprised by the move, as he left with two years remaining on a contract that paid him $750,000 a year while on vacation in May. Brown claimed he resigned in February, which they accepted, although he stated that they tried to later offer him a contract for life (with a request from owner Donald Sterling himself) that they did not follow up on. He was the first fulltime Clippers coach to finish with a winning record in his tenure and the only one until Vinny Del Negro twenty years later.[21]

Indiana Pacers: 1993–1997

Brown was hired by the Indiana Pacers in June 1993.[22] Prior to Brown being their coach, the Pacers had never won a postseason series since joining the NBA. He proceeded to lead them to the conference finals on two occasions. On December 13, 1996, he won his 594th game as an NBA coach with a 97–94 victory over the Boston Celtics. Combined with his wins in the NCAA and the ABA, it was his 1,000th combined win as a head coach.[23] He resigned his position on April 30, 1997, citing his frustration with the team's inability to advance past the conference finals, which he felt was his responsibility. In four seasons, he had gone 190-138.[24][25]

Philadelphia 76ers: 1997–2003

Brown was hired as head coach of the Philadelphia 76ers in 1997. The 76ers had lost 60 games prior to Brown's arrival, but they were brightened by the emergence of Allen Iverson, who won Rookie of the Year. The 1997-98 season was the only one under Brown that the 76ers did not reach the postseason, as they went 31-51. In the strike-shortened 1998-99 season, they finished 6th in the Eastern Conference to reach the postseason for the first time since 1991. They advanced to the Semifinals after a first-round win, but they lost to the Indiana Pacers in a four-game sweep. The following year was essentially a repeat as they lost again to the Pacers in the Semifinals. The 2000-01 season, however, would be different. Bolstered by the efforts of Iverson, who led the league in scoring with 31.1 points per game and the defensive dominance of Dikembe Mutombo, the team rocketed their way to 56 wins, the first 50-win season since the 1989-90 team. They dispatched the Pacers in four games but had to deal with tough opponents in the Toronto Raptors and the Milwaukee Bucks in the Semifinals and Conference finals, respectively. Philadelphia won each of those series in seven games. They faced the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers in the 2001 NBA Finals, who had not lost any of their postseason games that year. The Sixers gave them trouble in Game 1 of the series, which saw them pull off an overtime win 107-101 with Iverson scoring 48 points. As it turned out, it would be the only highlight of the Finals for the Sixers, who lost the next four games to lose the series. After the season, Brown was named Coach of the Year.

The following year saw the team plagued by injury while making the playoffs as a 6 seed. They lost to the Boston Celtics in five games. The next year, they went 48-34 and made it in as a 4 seed. They beat the Charlotte Hornets in the first round before the Detroit Pistons ended their season with a six-game victory. Brown resigned his post in 2003. Brown also served as Director of Basketball Operations in Philadelphia.[26]

In 2005, Allen Iverson, who frequently clashed with Brown when he played for him in Philadelphia, said that he was without a doubt "the best coach in the world".[27]

Detroit Pistons and U.S. National Team: 2003–2005

Brown was hired to replace Rick Carlisle to coach the Detroit Pistons. Brown won his first (and ultimately only) NBA championship during his first year with the Detroit Pistons in 2004, defeating the Los Angeles Lakers four games to one in the 2004 NBA Finals. By doing so, Brown became the first, and so far only, coach to lead teams to both NCAA and NBA titles. Brown is also the only NBA coach to take two teams (76ers and Pistons) to the NBA Finals against the same opponent (Los Angeles Lakers in 2001 and 2004), lose the first time, and win the second.

Brown was chosen as the head coach for the United States men's basketball team at the 2004 Summer Olympics.[28] That team won the bronze medal at the Olympics; it was the first U.S. men's basketball team to fail to win gold at a Summer Olympics since NBA players began playing on the U.S. men's team in 1992.[29]

In May 2005, rumors surfaced that Brown would become the Cleveland Cavaliers' team president as soon as the Detroit Pistons finished their postseason. At any rate, the Pistons played the San Antonio Spurs to seven games in the 2005 NBA Finals. The Pistons were up two points with 9.4 seconds to play in game 5 and had to defend an inbound play. Rasheed Wallace was assigned to guard Robert Horry. On the play, Wallace trapped Manu Ginobili, who passed it away to Horry, who found time to shoot the game-winning three for the Spurs. Chauncey Billups (the Finals MVP from the previous year), who was not in the game for the final play, stated later that Brown "just kind of choked" in that game.[30]

On July 19, 2005, the Pistons, displeased with Brown's public flirtations with other teams—bought out the remaining years of Brown's contract, allowing him to sign with another team.[31][32] A week later, on July 28, 2005, Brown became the head coach of the New York Knicks,[33] with a 5-year contract reportedly worth between US$50 million and $60 million, making him the highest-paid coach in NBA history.

New York Knicks: 2005–2006

Brown (center) coaching the New York Knicks in 2005

On January 13, 2006, the Knicks beat the Atlanta Hawks to give Brown his 1,000th win in the NBA, making him only the fourth coach to do so (at the time, the other three were Lenny Wilkens, Don Nelson, and Pat Riley; coincidentally, all three had previously served as coach of the Knicks at some point in their careers.[34]

Brown's tenure as Knicks head coach lasted one season. The Knicks fired him on June 23, 2006, after he led the team to a 23–59 record. Brown's season with the Knicks was marred by public feuds with his own players, most notably point guard Stephon Marbury.[35] After the firing, the Knicks declined to pay the remaining sum (more than $40 million) under Brown's contract on the grounds that he had been terminated for cause. Before the contract dispute was to be heard by NBA Commissioner David Stern, Brown reached an agreement with the Knicks wherein the team agreed to pay him $18.5 million.[36]

Philadelphia 76ers front office: 2007–2008

In January 2007, Brown became Executive Vice President of the Philadelphia 76ers.[36] Brown resigned in April 2008.[37]

Charlotte Bobcats: 2008–2010

On April 29, 2008, Brown signed to become the head coach of the Charlotte Bobcats – his ninth NBA coaching job.[38] He managed to keep the relatively young team in playoff contention. The following season, Brown guided the Bobcats to the franchise's first ever playoff appearance. Charlotte was the eighth team he had led to the postseason, an NBA record.

On December 22, 2010, Brown parted ways with the Bobcats after the team started the 2010–2011 season with a record of 9–19. His departure was officially characterized as a resignation, but other sources reported that Brown was fired.[39][40] Assistant coach Jeff Capel II told The Charlotte Observer that the entire coaching staff had been fired.[39]

He returned to Lawrence, Kansas to coach in an exhibition match on September 24, 2011, for the "Legends of the Phog" event, opposite Ted Owens, in which various Kansas Jayhawks Basketball alumni played an exhibition game during the 2011 NBA lockout.[41]

Southern Methodist University: 2012–2016

On April 17, 2012, ESPN reported that Brown was to be named the new head coach of the SMU Mustangs, replacing Matt Doherty, who had been fired from SMU earlier in March. Tim Jankovich, the head coach of Illinois State, was hired as the coach-in-waiting.[42]

After a rebuilding season in 2012–2013 (15–17), Brown brought SMU into the national conversation the following year, as the school made its first appearance in The Associated Press Top 25 rankings since 1985.[43] SMU went on to be the overall number one seed in the National Invitational Tournament, losing in the final game of the tournament to Minnesota, and finished the year with a record of 27–10.[44][45] In the following 2014–2015 season, SMU won the American Athletic Conference tournament and secured its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1993.[46]

On September 29, 2015, Brown was suspended by the NCAA for 30% of the Mustangs' games in the upcoming 2015–2016 season, and the team was banned from 2016 post-season play, placed on probation for three years, and lost nine scholarships over a three-year period. The NCAA found that Brown failed to report violations when a former administrative assistant committed academic fraud on behalf of a student-athlete and he initially lied to enforcement staff about his knowledge of the potential violations.[47]

On July 8, 2016, Brown announced his resignation as head basketball coach.[48]

Auxilium Torino: 2018

On June 12, 2018, Brown accepted the proposal of Auxilium Torino to become the new head coach of the Italian basketball club of the Lega Basket Serie A (LBA).[49] On June 17, he officially became new head coach of Torino.[50] He was fired midseason on December 27 with the team's record at just 5–19.[51]

University of Memphis: 2021–2022

In June 2021, Brown joined the coaching staff of the Memphis Tigers men's basketball program, as an assistant coach under head coach and former NBA player Penny Hardaway.[52] Brown had most recently served as an assistant coach in 1967.[52] After the 2021–22 season, Brown transitioned to an advisory role for Memphis before stepping down mid-season due to health concerns.[53]

Career playing statistics

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high
 *  Led the league
Denotes seasons in which Brown's team won an ABA championship



  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high
Denotes seasons in which Gilmore's team won an ABA championship
* Led the league
* ABA record

Regular season

1967–68 New Orleans 78 36.0 .366 .213 .813 3.2 6.5* 13.4
1968–69 Oakland 77 30.9 .436 .229 .794 3.1 7.1* 12.0
1969–70 Washington 82 33.7 .440 .256 .825 3.0 7.1* 13.7
1970–71 Virginia 29 18.3 .404 .500 .831 1.6 4.2 5.5
Denver 34 23.9 .360 .263 .824 1.8 6.1 8.4
1971–72 Denver 76 26.5 .437 .200 .811 2.2 7.2 9.1
Career 376 30.1 .412 .230 .813 2.7 6.7* 11.2
All-Star 3 20.7 .444 .667 .778 2.0 5.0 8.3


1968 New Orleans 17 40.9 .425 .222 .820 3.5 7.6 16.7
1969 Oakland 16 33.4 .428 .000 .844 3.3 5.4 14.0
1970 Washington 7 38.4 .452 .200 .882 5.0 9.7 13.9
1972 Denver 7 30.1 .420 .000 .958 1.4 5.1 9.3
Career 47 36.4 .429 .172 .848 3.3 6.8* 14.3

Head coaching record


Regular season G Games coached W Games won L Games lost W–L % Win–loss %
Playoffs PG Playoff games PW Playoff wins PL Playoff losses PW–L % Playoff win–loss %
Team Year G W L W–L% Finish PG PW PL PW–L% Result
Carolina[a] 1972–73 84 57 27 .679 1st in East 12 7 5 .583 Lost in Division finals
Carolina[a] 1973–74 84 47 37 .560 3rd in East 4 0 4 .000 Lost in Division semifinals
Denver[a] 1974–75 84 65 19 .774 1st in West 13 7 6 .538 Lost in Division finals
Denver[a] 1975–76 84 60 24 .714 1st in West 13 6 7 .462 Lost in ABA Finals
Denver 1976–77 82 50 32 .610 1st in Midwest 6 2 4 .333 Lost in Conf. Semifinals
Denver 1977–78 82 48 34 .585 1st in Midwest 13 6 7 .462 Lost in Conf. Finals
Denver 1978–79 53 28 25 .528
New Jersey 1981–82 82 44 38 .537 3rd in Atlantic 2 0 2 .000 Lost in first round
New Jersey 1982–83 76 47 29 .618
San Antonio 1988–89 82 21 61 .256 5th in Midwest Missed Playoffs
San Antonio 1989–90 82 56 26 .683 1st in Midwest 10 6 4 .600 Lost in Conf. Semifinals
San Antonio 1990–91 82 55 27 .671 1st in Midwest 4 1 3 .250 Lost in first round
San Antonio 1991–92 38 21 17 .553
L.A. Clippers 1991–92 35 23 12 .657 5th in Pacific 5 2 3 .400 Lost in first round
L.A. Clippers 1992–93 82 41 41 .500 5th in Pacific 5 2 3 .400 Lost in first round
Indiana 1993–94 82 47 35 .573 4th in Central 16 10 6 .625 Lost in Conf. Finals
Indiana 1994–95 82 52 30 .634 1st in Central 17 10 7 .588 Lost in Conf. Finals
Indiana 1995–96 82 52 30 .634 2nd in Central 5 2 3 .400 Lost in first round
Indiana 1996–97 82 39 43 .476 6th in Central Missed Playoffs
Philadelphia 1997–98 82 31 51 .378 7th in Atlantic Missed Playoffs
Philadelphia 1998–99 50 28 22 .560 3rd in Atlantic 8 3 5 .375 Lost in Conf. Semifinals
Philadelphia 1999–2000 82 49 33 .598 3rd in Atlantic 10 5 5 .500 Lost in Conf. Semifinals
Philadelphia 2000–01 82 56 26 .683 1st in Atlantic 23 12 11 .522 Lost in NBA Finals
Philadelphia 2001–02 82 43 39 .524 4th in Atlantic 5 2 3 .400 Lost in first round
Philadelphia 2002–03 82 48 34 .585 2nd in Atlantic 12 6 6 .500 Lost in Conf. Semifinals
Detroit 2003–04 82 54 28 .659 2nd in Central 23 16 7 .696 Won NBA Championship
Detroit 2004–05 82 54 28 .659 1st in Central 25 15 10 .600 Lost in NBA Finals
New York 2005–06 82 23 59 .280 5th in Atlantic Missed Playoffs
Charlotte 2008–09 82 35 47 .427 4th in Southeast Missed Playoffs
Charlotte 2009–10 82 44 38 .537 3rd in Southeast 4 0 4 .000 Lost in first round
Charlotte 2010–11 28 9 19 .321
ABA Career[a] 336 229 107 .682 42 20 22 .476
NBA Career 2,002 1,098 904 .548 193 100 93 .518
Career Total 2,338 1,327 1,011 .568 235 120 115 .511
  1. ^ a b c d e Indicates season in the American Basketball Association (ABA).


Statistics overview
Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
UCLA Bruins (Pacific-10 Conference) (1979–1981)
1979–80 UCLA 22–10 (17–9) 12–6 4th NCAA Division I Runner-up (vacated)*
1980–81 UCLA 20–7 13–5 3rd NCAA Division I second round
UCLA: 37–16 (.698) 25–11 (.694)
Kansas Jayhawks (Big Eight Conference) (1983–1988)
1983–84 Kansas 22–10 9–5 2nd NCAA Division I second round
1984–85 Kansas 26–8 11–3 2nd NCAA Division I second round
1985–86 Kansas 35–4 13–1 1st NCAA Division I Final Four
1986–87 Kansas 25–11 9–5 T–2nd NCAA Division I Sweet 16
1987–88 Kansas 27–11 9–5 3rd NCAA Division I Champions
Kansas: 135–44 (.754) 51–19 (.729)
SMU Mustangs (Conference USA) (2012–2013)
2012–13 SMU 15–17 5–11 11th
SMU Mustangs (American Athletic Conference) (2013–2016)
2013–14 SMU 27–10 12–6 T–3rd NIT Runner-up
2014–15 SMU 27–7 15–3 1st NCAA Division I Round of 64
2015–16 SMU 25–5 13–5 2nd Ineligible[47]
SMU: 94–39 (.707) 45–24 (.652)
Total: 266–99 (.731)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

National team

Team Year G W L W–L% Tournament TG TW TL TW–L% Result
United States 2004 18 15 3 .833 Olympics 8 5 3 .625 Won bronze medal
Career 18 15 3 .833   8 5 3 .625  


See also


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