Former Pistons coach Larry Brown receives lifetime achievement award

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Posted at 8:46 AM, Jul 09, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-09 08:46:53-04

(WXYZ) -- Larry Brown, who led the Detroit Pistons to an NBA Championship in 2004, was awarded the 2021 Chuck Daly Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Basketball Coaches Association on Thursday.

In addition to the NBA Championship with Detroit, Brown also led Kansas to an NCAA National Championship in 1988, making him the only coach in history to win both titles.

“Chuck Daly was a great coach and a great person whose work and legacy are appropriately celebrated with this award," said Brown. "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.”

The 80-year-old Brown was hired Thursday by the University of Memphis, joining Penny Hardaway's staff as an assistant coach.