If you’ve been living under the proverbial rock or you just happen not to care about the NBA in general, the Charlotte Bobcats sport the worst record in Basketball at a robust 7-57 clip. So naturally, they’re the laughingstock of the NBA and every hack sportswriter who happens to be on deadline to file something is just taking up space piling on to what admittedly is a bad situation at best. However, whomever decided to rile up Larry Brown out of his mid day nap and ask him his opinion on the Bobcats needed to do some actual research on the situation before they decided to ask.
Just so we’re clear Larry Brown was on the Dan Patrick show this morning, virtually pissing and moaning over the fact that he hasn’t let go of not coaching in the NBA anymore, on top of which piling onto the misery that is the Charlotte Bobcats. For anyone who’s paid attention to the latter 3rd of his career, Larry Brown has been the architect of his own destruction. Whether it was flirting with other jobs from other teams: Brown was negotiating the Knicks coaching job while he was coaching the Pistons in the NBA Finals AND the one that no one mentions, jockeying for the 76ers team president position in the offseason while he was still the coach of the Bobcats. So lets not fool ourselves into thinking that Larry Brown is the bastion of honesty here, he hasn’t been and it’s a question if he ever was.
So when Larry Brown was asked about his tenure by Dan Patrick claiming that the Bobcats owner Michael Jordan doesn’t have the people around him to tell him now, perhaps it just me, but that didn’t seem to make any sense. Mainly because the 2008 through 2010 Charlotte Bobcats were built how Larry Brown specified, to borrow a quote from Bill Parcells, Larry Brown was cooking the meal with the groceries he bought. Lets not forget that Jason Richardson (whom in my opinion, is still the best shooting guard the Bobcats ever had) was traded to Phoenix along with a rookie Jared Dudley for Raja Bell and the ever inconsistent Boris Diaw. Let’s also not forget that due to the fact that Larry Brown did not appreciate Emeka Okafor’s lack of passion for basketball, traded Okafor for Tyson Chandler. Brown was the same man who drafted DJ Augustin over Brook Lopez and Alexis Ajinca(who’s no longer in the league) over Serge Ibaka and Nicolas Batum. Oh, but the whining wasn’t done from Larry either, not until the Bobcats mortgaged a 1st round pick and Flip Murray for Tyrus Thomas. Mind you that while I haven’t mentioned the Steven Jackson trade, when you look at the particulars (Vladimir Radmonovich and Raja Bell) it was a steal, so that’s the ONE deal that made sense at the time.
So at the end of the day, I hope people might actually take notice that Larry Brown might not be one of the most reliable folks to talk about Michael Jordan or the Bobcats, especially when he’s the reason that the Bobcats are they way they are currently.