Legendary teacher and coach of the game, Larry Brown is the recipient of the 2021 Chuck Daly Lifetime Achievement Award, the National Basketball Coaches Association announced.
Brown boasts an incredible coaching resume over 42 years that includes the 2004 NBA Championship with the Detroit Pistons, an NCAA National Championship with Kansas in 1988 and an NBA Coach of the Year award with Philadelphia in 2001 among many other accolades.
President of the National Basketball Coaches Association and current Indiana Pacers head coach Rick Carlisle had the following to say about the announcement.
"Larry Brown has achieved coaching success at the highest levels of basketball in a career that began in 1965 as an assistant to Dean Smith at the University of North Carolina," said Carlisle.
The NBCA would like to congratulate longtime @NBA Coach Larry Brown on being awarded the 2021 Chuck Daly Lifetime Achievement Award!- NBA Coaches Assoc. (@NBA_Coaches) July 8, 2021
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"Not only is he a Hall of Famer and the only coach to have won an NBA and NCAA Championship, he has won multiple Olympic medals and numerous Coach of the Year Awards. Larry's 'Coaching Tree' is ridiculously wide-ranging and includes close to fifty current or former Head Coaches. Congratulations to Larry on this well-deserved and prestigious recognition."
Brown, who was honoured to receive the award is the only coach to have led eight different NBA teams to the playoffs.
"I am honored to receive the Chuck Daly Lifetime Award for multiple reasons," said Brown.
"Chuck Daly was a great coach and a great person whose work and legacy are appropriately celebrated with this award. To be mentioned in the same conversation with the previous recipients is truly humbling. I want to thank all of the Coaches with whom I coached and those I coached against, so many of whom are great competitors and friends. And thanks to the players I had the good fortune to coach. I am very proud of what my teams accomplished. Lastly, I want to thank the NBA Coaches Association and the Selection Committee for this honor."
The award dates back to 2009, with the previous winners listed below:
Del Harris (2020), Frank Layden (2019), Doug Moe (2018), Al Attles and Hubie Brown (2017), K.C. Jones and Jerry Sloan (2016), Dick Motta (2015), Bernie Bickerstaff (2014), Bill Fitch (2013), Pat Riley (2012), Lenny Wilkens (2011), Jack Ramsay and Tex Winter (2010) and Tommy Heinsohn (2009).
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