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Friday, May 12, 2006

Hubie Brown Interview Published at HoopsHype

Hall of Famer Hubie Brown led the Kentucky Colonels to the 1975 ABA title and twice won NBA Coach of the Year honors. He is a world renowned clinician and widely considered to be the best basketball analyst on television. I recently had a chance to speak with Brown about how he started in broadcasting and his memories of coaching Artis Gilmore and coaching against Julius Erving. He is passionate about the game of basketball and determined to help the public understand the beauty and the intricacies of the game. Here is a link to my interview with him:

Hubie Brown: "Dr. J could turn your building against you"

posted by David Friedman @ 4:49 PM


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At Saturday, May 13, 2006 10:08:00 PM, Blogger illest said...

Hubie Brown is the best. His analysis is the incredible. He doesnt miss anything. Growing up in New York I loved it when he coached the Knicks and my father used to tell me about that Kentucky team and how he was an assistant to Costello when the Bucks had Jabbar.

Im only 30 but I remember when the NBA was on USA. From time to time NBATV would show the Celtics v. Bullets game 5 or 6 I think from 82. That was a USA game with Brown and Albert. They also showed the NBA draft with Doucette and Carnesseca.
Look at all the coaches who were assistants under Hubie:
Richie Adubato, Mike Fratello, Bob and Brian Hill, Frank Layden, Brendan Malone, Ricky Pitino and Ron Rothstein. Thats the most ever.

I also like how Hubie said John Drew was a cement head, and when Hubie was on Rome and he said that (when he coached Memphis) he coached guys that made Bonzi Wells look like Mary Poppins.

Great interview just like the other ones you have done.

At Sunday, May 14, 2006 1:24:00 AM, Blogger illest said...

Acutally I think it was Jim Carralas (forgot how to spell his name) who did the draft. He also did Knick games.

At Sunday, May 14, 2006 5:46:00 AM, Blogger David Friedman said...

Unfortunately, I didn't have USA at that time, so I didn't see those games when they were originally broadcast. I first saw Hubie on TV when he was with CBS.

I agree with everything that you said about Hubie Brown. I looked forward to interviewing him for a long time.

At Tuesday, May 16, 2006 11:31:00 AM, Blogger illest said...

Speaking of the Knicks how do you feel about them?

At Wednesday, May 17, 2006 4:42:00 AM, Blogger David Friedman said...

Of course, the easy way to answer this question is to cite the infamous Micheal Ray Richardson quote: "The ship be sinking." TNT's Kenny Smith recently mentioned the follow-up to that, which was also classic. Someone asked MRR how far it could go and MRR, mixing metaphors as easily as he got assists and steals, declared, "The sky's the limit."

I believe that Isiah Thomas is a capable basketball executive; I may be one of the few people who hold that belief, but he did draft RoY Damon Stoudamire, Tracy McGrady, Channing Frye and Nate Robinson, among others. He also did well as a coach in Indiana when that team underwent a transformation from a veteran unit that reached the NBA Finals to a younger, rebuilt team centered around Jermaine O'Neal.

On the other hand, Stephon Marbury is probably my least favorite talented player. By that I mean that he is clearly a gifted scorer and has the ability to pass the ball, but I can't stand watching him play. He has no understanding of when to pass and when to shoot, plays little defense and he overdribbles as much as any guard in recent memory.

So, when the Knicks hired Isiah to run their basketball operations I thought that he would turn things around...until he brought in Marbury. Then I wasn't sure which of my theories would prevail: that Marbury is a (talented) loser or that Isiah knows how to build a basketball team. When Isiah hired Larry Brown to coach the Knicks, I thought that Brown could rein in Marbury like he did with Iverson and Billups; I guess I was wrong about that one.

The Knicks are a mess and I don't see how they can be fixed other than just dumping some of their players and starting over. Chicago felt that Tim Thomas didn't fit in with their team, so they paid him and sent him home. He is doing well in Phoenix, but that doesn't mean that he would have done well playing for Skiles. I think that if the Knicks can't trade the "overdribbling" twins of Marbury and Steve Francis that they need to send them home. Maybe they, Sprewell and Shawn Kemp can form a touring team of ex-All-Stars.


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