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Larry Brown steps down as Bobcats coach

Posted on: December 22, 2010 4:09 pm
Edited on: December 22, 2010 5:09 pm
Charlotte Bobcats head coach Larry Brown steps down as team struggles, Michael Jordan announces. michael-jordan-larry-brown Posted by Matt Moore

UPDATE 5:03 p.m: Ken Berger of reports that the separation was amicable, but that Jordan called Brown in this morning to inform him he and his staff would be let go. He also asked Brown for a list of candidates, but stipulated, this is to be considered an interim position. That decision will likely narrow their list of candidates. For more on possible Bobcats replacements, Ben Golliver breaks it down including a list of candidates according to Ken Berger, including Paul Silas, Patrick Ewing, and Dan Majerle. 

UPDATE 4:13 p.m.: NBA FanHouse reports that the entire staff has been let go and that a new coach is expected to be installed tomorrow (which makes it sound like he's drywall). 

Larry Brown has resigned as Charlotte Bobcats head coach, Bobcats Chairman and CEO Michael Jordan announced today in the following press release: 

“I met with Coach Brown two weeks ago about the team’s performance and what we could do to improve it. We met again this morning after practice. The team has clearly not lived up to either of our expectations and we both agreed that a change was necessary,” Jordan said.

“This was a difficult decision for both of us, but one that needed to be made. I want to thank Larry for everything he has done for our team. He has played a key role in this organization’s development including coaching us to our first-ever playoff appearance last season. Larry will continue to be a valuable advisor to me regarding the team. The search for a successor will begin immediately.”

This marks a huge change of direction for the Bobcats, and it's unlikely that Brown himself is through coaching. He was linked to coaching vacancies in Philadelphia as recently as last summer prior to the hiring of Doug Collins. With Brown out, the Bobcats are now a sinking ship with long-term contracts and no one at the helm. Jordan just claimed majority ownership last year, and now after making the playoffs for the first time in franchise history, the team finds itself in utter disarray. How they'll get back to calmer waters is anyone's guess, but one thing is for sure. Brown will have better opportunities open to him for his next job than the Bobcats will for their next head coach. 


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Since: Jul 22, 2007
Posted on: December 22, 2010 6:28 pm

Larry Brown steps down as Bobcats coach

I agree, Jordan was a disaster as a GM with the Wizards.
If he wants to own the team fine but Michael REALLY, do yourself a favor and hire a personnel guy/GM you do not have an eye for talent.
Most great players never make good coaches or good GM's except in VERY rare cases ie: Larry Bird comes to mind recently other than that guys like Isaiah Thomas, Kevin Mc Hale heck the biggest example is Elgin Baylor, the only reason he kept his job was because he came cheap and we all know how cheap Donald Sterling is.
Point is Jordan needs to understand his limitations - YES Michael you DO have them! understand his limitations and bring in a first rate GM to run the Bobcats.
He needs to put his ego aside and know that it's just not his strong suit, stay in the owners office, make appearances, keep the interest in the team and let the GM do what he needs to do to put a winner on the court.

Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: December 22, 2010 5:55 pm

Larry Brown steps down as Bobcats coach

Great players don't always make great GM's. Jordan has to hold himself somewhat accountable since all personel decisions have gone through him. They underrated Chandler as well as Felton.

Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: December 22, 2010 4:27 pm

Larry Brown steps down as Bobcats coach

Wow, what a surprise.  Not really.  I knew sooner or later that he would "resign" as "Egoairness" himself put it.  Get a real team with more than a couple of marginal stars at best before you start accepting "resignations" Jordan. Then again, maybe it is time for a new Chairman and CEO. 

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