NEWARK, NJ - APRIL 23: Former New Jersey Nets forward Derrick Coleman answers question from the media during a halftime media availability for former Nets players who were honored at halftime against the Philadelphia 76ers at Prudential Center on April 23, 2012 in Newark, New Jersey. Tonight's game is the last home game the Nets will play in New Jersey since the franchise will being moving to play at the Barclays Center in the New York City Borough of Brooklyn for the 2012-13 NBA season. starting in theNOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Chris Chambers/Getty Images)
The Syracuse Orange are leaving the Big East but Derrick Coleman might be sticking around.
"I’ve talked to him,’’ Coleman said. "I’m honored. It’s something I will entertain.’’
The NBA careers of Coleman and Brown crossed on two occasions; both in Philadelphia. Coleman played for Brown for two years while with the 76ers in 1998 and 1999. Coleman then left for Charlotte before returning to Philadelphia in 2001.
Brown has already hired two assistant coaches. Illinois State head coach Tim Jankovich will come on to be SMU’s coach-in-waiting. Brown has also apparently hired Houston assistant Ulric Maligi. So it remains unclear where Coleman, who has no college coaching experience and seemingly no connection to Texas, would fit in.
Coleman currently lives in Detroit though he made quite a few appearances at Syracuse basketball games this season.
Meanwhile, Brown, seemingly unaware that SMU is not a professional team, is busy "firing" players.