Does Larry Want Out Of Charlotte?
Some may recall how Coach Larry Brown purposely and strategically avoided answering questions about returning to coach the Bobcats next season. The local press tried to ask questions that left Larry with some wiggle room, and he obliged by telling Charlotte that he’d think it over and figure it out this summer.
Well as it turns out, NBA head coaches have duties that don’t allow them to take the full summer off. Larry Brown was back in Charlotte for a few days to scout some second-tier college draft talent at the team’s practice facility. This time around, the press wanted to get the word on Brown’s decision. Rather than smile and tell the local media that he was happy to announce that he’d be back on the sidelines for the Bobcats, he snubbed the writers and camera guys and tried to focus on the basketball-oriented part of his job. After some griping and guessing by the local newspaper writers, Brown gave the reporters a few statements to chew on after the next day’s workout session.
Regarding his status for the upcoming season, Larry shared, “I’m here coaching. Obviously, I’m under contract and doing my job.” Charlotte Observer’s Rick Bonnell pushed him for more and he gave a less-than-enthusiastic reply of “I’m here. If I wasn’t here, it’d be another thing.”
So, how long will Brown stick around?
A few more weeks? A couple of months?
For a coach that fans consider to be peerless and someone appreciated by every level of the organization, it doesn’t sound like Larry Brown is all too excited by the opportunity to return to Charlotte and make several millions of dollars to do what he does best. In order to get a better perspective on his position, let’s look at what he’s done since the end of the regular season.
1. He’s reached out to the Sixers about a front office position.
2. He coached the Bobcats through a 0-4 sweep by the Magic.
3. He refused to commit to leading the team next season.
4. He’s used the “I’m under contract” line to describe his position with the Bobcats.
Is there a limit to how far Michael Jordan will allow this to drag on?
There are only 30 head coaches on the NBA level, and unfortunately Charlotte’s got the guy that doesn’t really want this job any more. What do you do with a brilliant coach that will never be satisfied with his situation? Can the team follow a guy that conducts his job like this?
POLL : Will Larry Brown Be Back?
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