|Born||July 28, 1962|
|Fields||Computer Science, National Basketball Association|
|Institutions||University of California, Irvine|
Larry Coon is a computer scientist and Information Technology Director with University of California, Irvine, but is known throughout the NBA as an expert of the NBA Collective Bargaining Agreement. The New York Times writes that Coon is cited more frequently than basketball inventor James Naismith.
Coon maintains, edits and answers questions about the NBA salary cap and updates his website, CBAfaq.com, when any corrections or new information are brought to his attention. He writes for The New York Times, ESPN.com and Hoopsworld.com, makes occasional television (ESPN's Outside the Lines) and radio appearances, and frequents the NBA fan forums RealGM and LakersGround, where he is a highly respected moderator.
The NBA Players Association provides the entire CBA for fans to inspect, but simply links to Coon's website for users who have specific questions about the contents of the CBA. In The Book of Basketball, sportswriter Bill Simmons calls Coon an "Internet hero" for his detailed, 40,000 word site. TNT's David Aldridge lists Coon among the innovators of the Basketball Blogosphere which he called the NBA innovation of the decade. Aldridge also lists Coon among the power players of the 2010 free agent market.
- Simmons, Bill. The Book of Basketball: The NBA According to the Sports Guy. ESPN, 2009. 150.
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