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Posted on: December 22, 2010 4:52 pm
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Who will Michael Jordan pick to replace Brown?

Charlotte Bobcats head coach Larry Brown has resigned and his staff has reportedly been fired. Bobcats owner Michael Jordan is reportedly set topaul-silasname Brown's replacement on Thursday. Who will it be? Posted by Ben Golliver

Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan is obviously frustrated with the direction of his team, which is currently in fourth place in the Southeast Division with a record of 9-19. Jordan has been shopping his two co-captains, Gerald Wallace and Stephen Jackson, and earlier today we noted that Bobcats head coach Larry Brown resigned, and his entire coacing staff is reportedly departing along with him. So who will Jordan tab as Brown's replacement? Here's a look at seven possibilities, some more serious candidates than others. Paul Silas: Both Yahoo! Sports and CBSSports.com's Ken Berger report that Silas is the early favorite to take the job, and he's an NBA lifer. Silas was LeBron James's first coach in Cleveland, and was also the head coach of the New Orleans Hornets.  Back in April 2008, before Brown was hired, Silas called the Bobcats head coaching position a "dream job." According to the report, he lives in North Carolina. His career coaching record is 355-400. Mike Woodson: Again, according to CBSSports.com and Yahoo!, Woodson is another strong possibility. He coached the Hawks from 2004-2010, before departing after a disappointing playoff exit last Spring. Under his guidance, the Hawks made the playoffs each of the last three seasons. His career coaching record is 206-286. Darrell Walker: The former head coach of the Toronto Raptors and Washington Wizards, Berger reports that Walker is close to Jordan. His career record as a head coach is 56-113, and he is currently an assistant coach with the Detroit Pistons. Walker played in the NBA for 11 seasons, and was briefly a teammate of Jordan's in 1992-1993 with the Chicago Bulls. Patrick Ewing: A rival of Jordan's both in college, at Georgetown and in the pros, as a Hall of Fame center for the New York Knicks, Ewing brings no head coaching experience to the table. However, he's served as an assistant coach with the Orlando Magic for a number of seasons. His hiring would be quite surprising, however Jordan is known to surround himself with people he trusts, and his relationship with Ewing spans three decades. Yahoo! lists Ewing as "under consideration," while Berger says he is "in the mix." Jeff Van Gundy: Ewing's former coach, who also coached the Houston Rockets, is a regular in NBA coaching carousel chatter. Currently an analyst for ESPN. He's the brother of Orlando Magic coach Stan Van Gundy, and boasts a career record of 430-318. He's been rumored to be linked to jobs in the past, and was even rumored to be a potential replacement for Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra if their season continued to go poorly, but he hasn't coached in the NBA since 2006-2007. Mark Jackson: Another former Jordan rival on the court, Jackson is widely considered the best former player who has yet to be given an NBA head coaching job. A point guard for multiple teams, including the New York Knicks and Indiana Pacers, Jackson is No. 3 on the NBA's all time assists leaderboard, trailing only John Stockton and Jason Kidd. Jackson is Van Gundy's broadcasting partner on ESPN and is known for coining really annoying phrases such as, "Mama, there goes that man!" and "Hand down, man down!" He's also been linked to multiple jobs, but has never taken the bait. Mike Brown: The former coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers was let go earlier this summer when Cavs owner Dan Gilbert was trying to do everything possible to retain free agent forward LeBron James. He might be the most talented coach available, but is known for his slow-down style on offense. His career record is 272-138, and he won 50 or more games in four out of his five seasons in Cleveland, including 60+ wins twice. Berger says Brown is not under consideration. Who do you think should be the next coach of the Bobcats? Weigh in on Facebook right now.
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Heat win 7th straight, blast Warriors, 106-84

The Miami Heat dominate the Golden State Warriors in California on Friday night for their seventh consecutive win. Posted by Ben Golliver lebron-james-warriors

It was a tale of two halves in Northern California, as the Golden State Warriors managed to play the Miami Heat mostly even through the first 24 minutes, but got blown up by some fiery outside shooting from LeBron James in the third quarter, as the Heat cruised the rest of the way for their seventh consecutive victory, 106-84. The Warriors looked like a rudderless ship in the second half, thanks in no small part to the absence of starting point guard Stephen Curry, who continues to nurse an injured ankle. The Warriors went big, shifting Monta Ellis over to the point guard spot, but cold shooting proved to be Golden State's undoing, as they couldn't keep up with the run of easy baskets James and company created in transition. James iced it for sure in the closing minutes of the third quarter, dropping in back-to-back-to-back three-pointers, much to his own delight. From there it was all smiles and sunshine for the streaking Heat,  Both James and teammate, guard Dwyane Wade, nearly had triple doubles, despite sitting much of the fourth quarter. James finished with 25 points, seven rebounds and nine assists. Wade led the Heat with 34 points, and added nine rebounds and seven assists. Ellis led the Warriors with 20 points, three rebounds and seven assists. ESPN columnist Bill "The Sports Guy" Simmons provided game analysis, and he mentally sparred with fellow analyst Mark Jackson, which made for some mildly humorous Boston and anti-Boston ribbing. With the win, the Heat improve to 16-8 on the season, and take over the top spot in the Southeast Division, moving into the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference thanks to an Orlando loss. They'll close their current four-game road trip with what should be a gimme in Sacramento against the Kings, arguably the worst team in the NBA, on Saturday night. The Warriors fall to 8-15, still good for third place in the Pacific Division.
 
 
 
 
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