The coach with the eighth-most wins in NBA history is once again out of a job, as Italian team Fiat Torino confirmed today that Larry Brown will no longer be the head coach of the club. Assistant coach Paolo Galbiati will take over for Brown.
In a press release issued by Fiat Torino, the team announced that – after some deliberation – Brown and the club had made the mutual decision to part ways. However, the longtime NBA head coach appeared to be on the hot seat leading up to the move.
As Emiliano Carchia of Sportando tweeted late last night, Brown was booed by Fiat Torino fans during another home loss this week. His team had a 4-8 record in LBA (Italian League) play and an 0-10 mark in EuroCup games.
Brown, who began his head coaching career way back in the ABA in 1972, had stints with Denver, New Jersey, San Antonio, the Clippers, Indiana, Philadelphia, Detroit, New York, and Charlotte over the course of his lengthy NBA coaching career. In total, he posted a 1,098-904 regular season mark and went 100-93 in the playoffs. He led Detroit to a championship in 2004, and also appeared in the NBA Finals in 2001 and 2005 with the Sixers and Pistons, respectively.
Brown, 78, hasn’t coached in the NBA since 2010, having spent several years (2012-16) as the head coach for SMU. He became the coach of Fiat Torino approximately six months ago, so his stint in Italy didn’t last long.