Wednesday, April 25th, 2012 at 2:00 pm  |  21 responses

Larry Brown: Michael Jordan’s People in Charlotte ‘Don’t Have a Clue’

After Michael Jordan fired him as head coach of the Charlotte Bobcats in 2010, Larry Brown (SMU’s new bench boss) says he hasn’t spoken to MJ since. Today, Brown teed off on Mike and the Bobcats’ bumbling front-office. Per the Charlotte Observer: “I understand how unfiltered Brown can be from the 2 ½ seasons I covered him coaching the Charlotte Bobcats. But I was still taken aback this morning by how emphatically he ripped his former boss, Michael Jordan, and his former coworkers in Charlotte. Brown is back at work as coach at Southern Methodist. He went on the Dan Patrick Show Wednesday morning and of course was asked about the Bobcats’ plight. Among Brown’s comments regarding Bobcats owner Jordan and the organization that fired him in December of 2010: ‘He’s around people who don’t have a clue … He had people around me that made me sick … It was almost like they were spies wondering what we were doing and getting back to him … A coach, a GM and a president all have to be attached at the hip.’ […] It’s a safe bet Brown’s comments were directed toward president of basketball operations Rod Higgins, who was the buffer zone between Brown and Jordan. Brown was frustrated by a lot of things as coach, particularly the decision to trade Tyson Chandler for what amounted to salary-cap relief when they acquired Erick Dampier’s unguaranteed contract. Brown felt he was handed a team with no chance to compete his last season in Charlotte. He told that directly to the two leaders of that team, Gerald Wallace and Stephen Jackson, in so unfiltered a way that Wallace and Jackson decided Brown had given up on the franchise (and by extension, them). That was the first step toward the Bobcats-Brown divorce three months later.”

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  • http://itsahardwoodlife.blogspot.com omphalos

    Yeah I think Brown was the wrong coach for the Bobcats at that point in time. He’s the guy you bring in after you’ve tanked and have room to grow, not right before you begin the rebuild.

  • http://nba.com GP23

    Somebody explain to me. Why did Larry Brown leave the Detroit Pistons when they were on top of their game? He should’ve retired there.

  • toinefan88

    Brown can’t stay anywhere for more than 3 or so years. He gets restless. The Knicks should have kept him for atleast another year or two based on his resume but the front office is waaaay too impatient.

  • http://www.twitter.com/_dfrance dfrance21

    ^Because Brown likes projects. Once Detroit won the chip he got bored. Let SMU becaome a success, he’ll cite “burnout” and leave them too.

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  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    In related news: Larry Brown also made the astute observation that Sylvester Stallone was in every rocky movie…
    . #thisguysagenius

  • http://www.soundcloud.com/tray-5 T-Ray

    Lol nbk with the Twitter swag.

  • http://www.alllooksame.com Tarzan Cooper

    Anthony davis, come on down!

  • http://blak4rest.com Forrest Lee

    Jordan’s gross mismanagement gets a pass here? Puleez. Isn’t this the same guy who helped extend the lockout? Maybe a little karma?

  • FnF

    What’s that girl…*BARK* Larry Brown has gone missing?!?!

  • ClydeSays

    LB def. likes to talk isht, so I take everything he says with a grain of salt. But if you look at what’s gone on with the ‘Cats these last few years, it points to a team with serious problems.

    MJ could probably find some great young minds to run a team Moneyball style, if he’s worried about salary. Giving a guy like Tyrus Thomas 40 million is not the way to fight your way out of the NBA cellar. On the plus side Thomas is logging career lows in points, FG%, boards, etc…

  • bike

    ‘He’s around people who don’t have a clue…’. No, MJ doesn’t have a clue. He’s so clueless about management he can’t even muster up any competitive fire to prove his critics wrong.

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    I can get 75 wins in my first year as GM of the Bobcats in 2k12 association mode and I’m pretty sure that makes me more qualified than most of Charlotte’s execs.

  • hushabomb

    The move I hated was when the Bobcats traded Crash. He made the All Star team, career highs in points and rebounds and plays defence. He was there when you started and gave marvellous service. And to trade him away for nothing. Well the Bobcats now got what they deserved. @MJ, let GM Cho make the right choice in the draft. Whether its Davis, Kidd-Gilchrist, Lamb, Barnes or Sullinger let him make the decision. Your strike rate with draft picks is woeful!!!!

  • anonymous

    barnes shouldnt even be in the draft. I have no idea what his upside is supposed to be. he is as stiff as a board. doesnt bend and doesnt break.

  • http://www.google.com/news BETCATS

    I agree that they destroyed his team. But Larry got his way for his first 2 years. They traded away all the team’s 3 point options, brought in Diop’s stupid contract, and allowed Larry to have a say in every other personnel move that happened. He’s just bitter that they started rebuilding when he was coach. To be honest, I wish the Chandler/Diaw/Wallace/Jackson/Felton group with pre-injury Tyrus Thomas/DJ/Gerald Henderson/Derrick Brown anchoring the bench got a full year together too. MJ decided to scrap it and gamble the franchise future on ping pong balls. What an out of character move…

  • KC

    It’s pretty clear the MJ either doesn’t care about running the franchise the right way or he is toally inept at doing so. Larry brown is an accomplished coach with an NCAA championship and an NBA championship. He has improved every team he has taken over except this pitiful franchise. MJ is currently one of the worst owners in sports.

  • Justin G.

    Wow, own a team for 2 years and become one of the worst owners in sports? SMH at all you people who think you know what’s what


    Thank you we didn’t notice that from the record and the kwame

  • coyboo

    MJ is the Kim Jong Il of the NBA

  • anonymous

    that was a good story justin. only MJ bought a minority stake and became head of basketball operations after the 2005-2006 season and has been moving up the ladder of hierarchy ever since. So he has had a hand in the their business transactions for going on 7 years. Prior to that, he did a marvelous job at washington in drafting kwame for the first overall selection since kwame has gone on to have a great career. but youre right there is no cause for all the criticism just a 22-game losing streak, minimal talent, very little upside, and a (7-58) record with one game left.