BROWN DEMANDS AN APOLOGY FROM THE MEDIA
AUBURN HILLS -- I will personally apologize to Pistons Coach Larry Brown if he does not take the Cleveland Cavaliers front office job and returns to coach the Pistons next season.
That is what a fiery Brown demanded of the media Wednesday morning as more questions were fired at him about the Cavs job. He keeps lying and denying saying he has not spoken the Cavs and he does not know what anybody is talking about.
But Chad Ford of ESPN reported that the deal is done. The Cleveland Plain-Dealer reported the same thing. My people have been telling me Brown decided last November he won't coach next season.
"Are you all going to apologize to me, " Brown scolded to the media.
Yep. I will. If we are all wrong and Brown is a choir boy in all this then I will be the first to apologize to him. I will do it personally to him. I will do it on my radio show on AM 1270 The Sports Station, on my Fox Sports Report commentary and on this web log.
What's fair is fair.
However, his players do not believe Brown. The front office does not believe Brown.
Quite frankly Pistons players are angry with Brown. They think he is being hypercritical and can't wait to see him leave.
Here is the problem. Brown tells his players to do things the right way. He preaches team and harmony -- one for all and all for one. Then he goes out and breaks his own rules.
That is why guys are mad. But don't worry. They will play the game for themselves even if they are not playing for their coach.
It was quite interesting how no Pistons players would speak up for Brown. If they believed the media was digging up stuff just to be digging up stuff don't you think one of them would have told us off by now.
That has not happened because they know all of this is true. If it is not true then how come Brown refused to squash the rumors today? How come he has not addressed his team and told them all of this is a lie and not to worry about it?
If I am Brown I have to take a different look at the Cavs job. Every move he makes becomes public. I'd question an organization like that.
You know the old saying "loose lips sinks ships."
Brown and the Cavs will make a disastrous marriage. Both love the media glare and love to have their business out in public. It is not a championship combination.
If I were Brown I would call the Cavs and tell them to take their job and shove it. He cannot succeed there. This is a badly run organization and I would want no part of it.
Actually the Cavs should apologize to Brown for being so unprofessional.
But if he returns to the Pistons and is on the sidelines I will be man enough to say "Coach. I am sorry. We all blew it. "