Producer: Nick Dolin
Correspondent: Bryant Gumbel
At 73, Larry Brown is a true basketball legend. As a player, he was selected to three ABA all-star games, won an ABA championship and captured a gold medal at the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games. As a coach, Brown won an NCAA title and Naismith College Coach of the Year award with the Kansas Jayhawks in 1988, and an NBA title and Coach of the Year award with the Detroit Pistons in 2004, making him the only head coach in history to win championships with both a college and pro team.
Over his 40-plus years in coaching, he has earned a reputation as a turnaround strategist who makes losing teams into winners. Now at the helm of Southern Methodist University, his 15th team (including the 2004 Olympic team), the New York-bred Brown has done it again. After years of losing in half-empty arenas, the Mustangs are entering the final stretch of an impressive season that has seen them nationally ranked for the first time in nearly three decades and packing the stands. REAL SPORTS host Bryant Gumbel goes one-on-one with the Hall of Fame coach to find out what keeps him motivated.