July 26 -- The NBA's coaching nomad, Larry Brown, is indeed one of the best at his craft in basketball history. Brown has posted winning records in 29 of his 33 seasons as a professional or NCAA head coach. Even more impressive is the fact that Brown hasn't even taken a season off since making his coaching debut with the Carolina Cougars in the ABA in 1972.

The following is a look at Brown's long, strange journey -- one that's seen him lead eight pro teams and two colleges over his career.


He got game: A younger Brown, then a guard for the New Orleans Buccaneers, receiving the MVP trophy with George Mikan on his left and Rick Barry on his right after the first ever ABA All-Star game in 1968.
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Carolina In My Mind: Brown began his coaching career with the Carolina Cougars of the ABA in 1972.
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Golden Nugget: In his second pro coaching job, Brown coached the Denver Nuggets during their last two seasons in the ABA ('74-76) and their first three seasons in the NBA ('76-79).
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Net Factor: Brown spent two seasons patrolling the sidelines for the New Jersey Nets ('81-83), compiling a 91-67 record.
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I'll Be Back: Brown returned to the NBA after a five season-stint at Kansas University, which he left following an NCAA national championship in 1988. Brown coached parts of four seasons with the San Antonio Spurs ('88-92).
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Cut the Cake: Brown was fired by the Spurs during the '91-92 season, but he was quickly rehired that same season by the Clippers, whom he garnered his 600th win with.
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Hoosierland: After leaving the Clippers in '92-93, Brown joined the Indiana Pacers the following season. He spent four campaigns there ('93-97), twice leading the franchise to the Eastern Conference Finals.
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Brotherly Love: The next five seasons were spent in Philadelphia, where Brown's fragile relationship with star pupil Allen Iverson always seemed to be fodder for the press. Nevertheless, the two joined forces in 2000-01 to lead the 76ers to a Finals appearance, while Brown garnered Coach of the Year honors.
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Larry Legend: Brown won the ultimate coaching honor the following year, earning an induction to the Basketball Hall of Fame on Sept. 27, 2002.
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At last: In his first season with the Pistons in 2003-04, Brown became the only coach to win both an NCAA and NBA title.
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Short end of the stick: Brown nearly added another championship to the Pistons' trophy case the following season, but Detroit fell short in Game 7 of the Finals to the Spurs. On July 19, the Pistons relieved Brown of his coaching duties.
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