Veteran of five ABA seasons as a player. Performed in three ABA All-Star Games. MVP of first ABA All-Star Game in 1968. Quarterbacked Oakland Oaks to ABA Championship in 1968-69. Led ABA in assists in 1967-68, 1968-69, and 1969-70. Finished ninth in assists in 1970-71 and third in assists in 1971-72. Ended playing career as ABA's career assist leader (2,509 in 376 games). Coached for four years in the ABA with Carolina (1972-73 to 1973-74) and Denver (1974-75 to 1975-76). Four-year record of 299-107 for a stellar .682 winning percentage. Named ABA Coach of the Year three times (in 1972-73 with Carolina and both years with Denver). Had a 79-5 home record with Denver in the ABA.
From Jim O'Brien's 1970-71 Complete Handbook of Pro Basketball:
In the Fall of 1976, the Nuggets played their very first games in the NBA. In November 1976, Bill Hirsch interviewed Nuggets coach Larry Brown to get Brown's first impressions of the league with the "ugly-colored brown ball."