Larry Brown, the former Detroit Pistons coach, with whom he won an NBA championship in 2004, is out as coach of the Charlotte Bobcats.
In a statement, team president Michael Jordan said:
“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 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 is not just a sad day for the 70-year-old Brown, but selfishly, it is a bad day for Pistons fans as well. It has long been assumed that a logical destination for aging veterans Tayshaun Prince and Richard Hamilton would be Charlotte, where they could be reunited with and possibly rejuvinated by their former coach. Also, Brown has never been shy about remaking his roster and romanticizing about other teams’ players.Now the team appears headed toward a dismantling that makes taking on a multiyear contract such as Hamilton’s much less likely. The team could still be interested in the expiring deal of Tayshaun Prince, but the Pistons seem bound by their own financial restrictions while the future ownership of the team remains in limbo.