11:44 PM ET
TORONTO — After National Basketball Coaches Association president Rick Carlisle spent several minutes praising the winner of this year’s Chuck Daly Lifetime Achievement Award, former Utah Jazz coach and executive Frank Layden, he turned the microphone over to Layden to give his remarks.
“Rick, how many more years you got in this term as president?” Layden asked.
When Carlisle responded that he didn’t know, Layden shot back, “We got to work on your delivery a little bit,” drawing laughter from the assembled crowd for his news conference.
That was just one of many times Layden broke up the room over the next 20 minutes or so, as the 88-year-old gave a rollicking speech that touched on his life in the sport. That included his growing up in Brooklyn, New York, playing in college at nearby Niagara University and then coaching both in high school, collegiately back at Niagara and then for several years with the Jazz before moving into the front office.
Layden, who had his entire family — including his son, Scott, a longtime executive currently working for the Minnesota Timberwolves — in attendance, was clearly enjoying the moment, and