In Their Own Words

Basketball
1964 and 2004 Olympics
6th Maccabiah

Larry’s first international basketball competition took place at the 6thMaccabiah Games before he went on to play for the University of North Carolina.  He then went on to the 1964 Summer Olympic Games as a member of the gold medal-winning basketball team and returned to the Olympics in 2004 as the Head Coach for the USA Basketball Team.

His professional playing career began with the American Basketball Association in 1967 and he turned to coaching in 1972.  Larry was Head Coach for the Philadelphia 76ers from 1997 – 2002 where he led the team to the NBA Finals in 2001 and was named the NBA Coach of the Year.  He was inducted into the National Basketball Hall of Fame as a Coach in 2002.

Larry is now the Head Men’s Basketball Coach at Southern Methodist University where he is the only head coach to have won an NBA title (with the Detroit Pistons in 2004) and an NCAA title (with Kansas in 1988).  He and his wife Shelly reside with their son and daughter.  Larry also has two daughters and six grandchildren.

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