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Larry Brown States When He Coached New York it was Like Living that Rockwell Song

Posted by Thomas the Terrible on January 23, 2008

Ah the 80′s I’ll never forget that time. I’m a child of the 80′s. It was a time of greed, Reaganomics & plenty of musical one hit wonders. People had not figured out what a freak Boy George of Culture Club was & Michael Jackson’s skin pigmentation was still black. Larry Brown former New York Knicks coach states he was living in the 80′s while coaching the hapless Knicks. He states his life was a surreal version of the 80′s hit song by Rockwell titled “Someone’s Always Watching Me”.

In the February issue of “Philadelphia” magazine, Brown states the Knicks had “spies throughout the arena” watching his every move.

“Imagine when you get to work, they don’t talk to you,” he said. “They had security people standing close to me in press conferences, and spies throughout the arena.”

Now Larry Brown realizes what others realize and that is, this was the start of “Operation I’m a Fuck Up” that was first envisioned by Isiah Thomas & placed into action by James “007″ Dolan.

For the one year that Brown was the coach the Knicks compiled a 23-59 record. Thomas might break that or he might not. Brown chastised Stephon “Sexual Deviant” Marbury in public something that the entire Knicks team did earlier this season. After the season, Brown gave interview to the New York press without a “public relations official” present. That might have been what sealed his fate.

According to this story, the Knicks have used spying tactics before.

“The stories from the reporters are endless: layers of institutional paranoia; public relations officials who openly eavesdrop on private conversations with executives and players; the threat-and implementation-of cutting off reporters who are perceived to be critical of the team. “Everyone is so worried about upsetting Jim Dolan, or getting fired, and as a result people aren’t themselves,” said Mr. Beck. “If you transplanted the same individuals and put them in another city, then they’d be far more interesting. They’d be themselves.”


To their credit, the Knicks’ press officials don’t deny Mr. Dolan’s unusually hands-on role in managing their downtrodden core of reporters. “I think it’s fair to say that Jim [Dolan] is aware of, and a part of, the shaping of the media policy,” said Barry Watkins, the senior vice president of communications for the Garden.


The policy was instituted in the summer of 2001. (Coincidentally, one supposes, the last year the Knicks had a winning record.)”

Brown is many things, but in this case he can’t be lying. If the press is complaining about being spied on, reporters being eavesdropped on by Knick officials, employees half-joking that if they talk out of turn to any press member that they’d be fired, and then what Brown says has to be reasonably true re: being spied on within MSG. They wouldn’t be doing that now to the local press if they hadn’t been doing that early to anyone else, like Larry Brown.

If David Stern wasn’t such a coward about dealing with the multitude of out-of-control problems in New York, and how far the Knicks are from winning their last title some 30-odd years ago, this would be a much bigger story than it is. It’s a bunker mentality, and it’s making a historic franchise in the world’s biggest media market into something far worse than an unfunny joke.

One Response to “Larry Brown States When He Coached New York it was Like Living that Rockwell Song”

  1. Joel said

    I remember when Rockwell came out and said back in the 80′s that he would sell more albums than Michael Jackson ever would. I wonder how that is working out for him…

    As for the Knicks, I think that David Stern will do something, but it will be behind the scenes. Remember that league offices are in New York and the Knicks was his favorite team growing up (he’s on record saying this)…

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