Kansas coach Bill Self will be inducted into the Naismith Hall of Fame on Friday, but before then, old friend Larry Brown took time to offer congratulations and also some advice.
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Brown, who gave Self his first coaching job as a graduate assistant for KU in 1985-86, wrote an open letter to Self on The Players’ Tribune on Tuesday, first talking about his admiration for his pupil.
“Bill is sincere. Bill is honest,” Brown wrote. “I can’t stress how rare that is. The kids can tell right away that he has their back.”
Brown, who coached KU from 1983-88, will be introducing Self at Friday’s ceremony. Before that moment, Brown suggested Self “sit back and have a glass of red wine.”
“I want you to reflect on all the success you’ve had at a young age as a coach,” Brown wrote. “Understand the impact that you’ve had on all those fortunate enough to coach with you during that time. But also recognize all the people that helped you along the way.”
Brown ends the letter by revealing his favorite part about Self.
“I’ve had the great fortune to work with many great coaches in my life. Unbelievable basketball people. But I can’t say that I’d want to, in my own free time, hang out with every coach that I’ve come to know,” Brown wrote. “But I’d want to hang out with Bill.”
The Naismith Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony begins at 5:30 p.m. Friday.