By ADAM ZAGORIA
NEW YORK — Larry Brown came close to joining Penny Hardaway’s staff at Memphis, and now he thinks the former NBA guard will thrive as a head coach at his alma mater.
“I think he’s way ahead and then he hires [associate head coach] Sam [Mitchell] and he has Mike Miller and all these kids want to be in the NBA and you got all these NBA guys,” Brown, the only man to win an NBA and an NCAA title as a coach, told me Tuesday morning at Columbia University where he is coaching the USA East Coast All-Star team.
“But the way I think Penny is personally, the way he relates to people, makes you feel good about yourself. I think he’ll do really, really well,”