Charlotte center Nazr Mohammed played for Larry Brown in Detroit. I ask him how he’d describe Brown to somebody who had never met him and he says, "I have an example."
One day before a Detroit practice, Brown stopped Mohammed and asked if he had seen Kentucky play the night before night.
Of course Mohammed had watched the Wildcats. He played for the Wildcats. He is a Wildcat for life.
Brown began to talk excitedly about a play Kentucky ran and the more he talked the more excited he became. Here’s a guy who has been coaching so long he used to wear leisure suits to basketball games, and he still gets thrilled when he sees a new twist.
So at practice that day he taught his professional players the college play he had seen on TV. And when the Pistons played, they used it.
Did it work?
"Of course," said Mohammed. "It was Kentucky."