Monday, May 30, 2005


AUBURN HILLS -- Larry Brown is officially a distraction.
He is a detriment rather than an asset for the Pistons.
The timing of this flirtation with the Cleveland Cavaliers is like asking the pretty girl out after eating an onion sandwich.
Bad sandwich and bad timing.
Brown always talks about playing the right way. He preaches it to his team every day and he sprays those thoughts in the media during every press session.
So why doesn't Brown do the right thing?
Why is Brown so wrong in this?
Look. We all know Brown will not coach next season. In addition to health concerns the man is burned out. He cannot go through another 82 game regular season and playoffs. He is barely getting through this one with his sanity.
How is he going to rev it up and do it again?
He cannot.
But his entire focus should be on the Pistons. They are in trouble. They are at times lifeless and too often clueless in trying to stop this budding new super star named Dwyane Wade.
They need every bit of guidance and focus they can get. I have no doubt Brown is giving them guidance. But is there total focus? There sure doesn't seem to be.
You mean to tell me Tayshaun Prince is focused? Isn't this the defensive glove who smothered Tracy McGrady and Kobe Bryant? But Wade zips by him as if Prince is wearing frog man boots.
You mean to tell me Rip Hamilton is focused? Granted, his calf has ailed him. But his shooting average in this series is closer to Bobby Higginson's batting average than I care to think about.
You mean to tell me Chauncey Billups is focused? You know who I am talking about. This was the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player 11 months ago. A few days ago he committed eight turn overs -- in one half. He won another MVP Award. Most Vulnerable Player.
And you mean to tell me Ben Wallace is focused? This was the poster boy for bringing it every night who struggled to bring it every other night. Fear the fro is a refrain from the past. The Heat are burning the fro so often Big Ben is going to start sporting a Bozo hairdo.
The Pistons all roll their eyes and claim they have no idea what is happening with Brown. Sadly they are playing as if they know every last detail.
This has affected the team and at least plays a small part in them trailing the Miami Heat 2-1 in the Eastern Conference Finals.
Brown should get some blame. But do you know who I blame more?
Everybody I talk to in the league says Cavs owner Dan Gilbert is getting bad advice. That is obvious. If he has the gall to disrupt a playoff series, he is obviously getting bad advice.
How is this any different than when Michigan State busted up the Liberty Bowl for Louisville and practically hired John L. Smith on the sidelines?
That was tacky. And this is tacky.
Brown not only should tell the Cavs to go to hell. But he should say if you want me come and court me when the playoffs are done and not a minute sooner.
But Brown won't do that because he loves to be courted and loved. Even though he shows annoyance to us, deep down he is dancing for joy.
"They love me!" They really do love me."
We all knew LB was high maintenance. But he needs to stop this immediately.
Let's return the focus back to basketball. Even the Heat with motor mouth coach Stan VanGundy have been able to do that.
And unless the Pistons' focus returns we will all be focused on Miami and San Antonio -- the cities that will share the 2005 NBA Finals.


Blogger Dang! said...


Say it ain't so..Larry Brown leaving a team again..oh well...we should have seen that coming. Go Pistons!!!

9:29 PM

Blogger WXOU Sports said...

Terry, I think what Larry is doing is unacceptable. Your in the playoffs. Look around in sports so many guys have had to wait and lost out on jobs becsue they were in the playoffs. I would have told the Cavs to wait until the playoffs were over before you could speak to him!

9:37 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just discovered this blog today and throughly enjoy it. This is the kind of thinking that is not available in the Freep, News, or Oakland Press. Two questions Terry, would you have the guts to write like this in a column for the NEWS, and if so, who do we e-mail to request you get your column back?

9:49 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

We need you back in the mainstream, man. Blogs are fine, Fox Sports Net is good, and your radio show is fun, but I miss seeing your writing. Will you be writing anywhere else ever?

10:09 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Terry, it seems as though Larry really doesn't care about Detroit anymore, since it's pretty muchin the past (i saw Tayshaun's interview on TV about "coach hasn't said anything...").

So, enough about Larry the drama queen-

#1- is it 100% sure Larry will "coach" us on Tuesday and the rest of the playoffs?

#2- What's the deal with the replacements? Do we have to hire a coach that's been fired? Can't we try to hire an existing/established coach? Before we try to spend $10mil/season for someone like Phil Jackson, why don't we offer that kind of money to Greg Popovich, who seems like a perfect fit for us (and is a better coach than Jackson in my opinion)?

10:16 PM

Blogger DonVitoCorleone said...

LB was "rented" by the Pistons for a couple of years. He did what they wanted him to do in year one (fortunately they faced a "broken" Lakers team in the finals).

Year two has been a mess. Only way to save face is to win it all again.

It's time for the Pistons to once again bring in someone who is committed to the Pistons organization...someone willing to put the team and the organization first, rather than their own self-interests. I don't feel bad at all for the organization -- this is what you get when you hire Larry Brown. Deal with it.

Let him go to Cleveland. Let him make personnel decisions. He'll make a mess of the roster -- it's well documented that his roster moves usually suck. Let him ruin that franchise and keep LeBron James off the radar screen. Good riddance.

11:29 PM

Blogger Robbie said...

Good to join the blog.

As I write this, I'm watching Sportscenter report that Larry has accepted the job at Cleveland. I couldn't help to find it somewhat ironic that the same city (which is headed for collegiate greatness Terry), had the same situation occur this past year in the NFL. During the playoffs, the Browns contacted the Patriots about talking with Romeo Crennel. If I'm not mistaken, Crennel said that he would wait until after the season to make up his mind. The Patriots would go on to win the Super Bowl, Crennel accepts the job after the season, and all is well. Why can't the same have happend for the Pistons and Larry Brown? Seems like there is no better way to burn bridges than by pulling this move on the Pistons.. for a Central Divison foe.

12:58 AM

Blogger billionaire said...

I am not mad at Larry because he did something that every piston fan must acknowledge that Carlisle could not do with this team Which was to win a championship. Terry this is a veteran club and Brown has given them the tools too succeed so the players should be professional and not worry about Brown issues. Brown has really screwed up the situation as well by not telling the Cavs to wait. Also Dan the Immature Gilbert should be fined for tampering during league play. I hope lebron leaves because the owner is an idiot. Also I question Brown on his gm skills although it would be better for his health

1:39 AM

Blogger T Foster said...

WXOU Sports,
You are right. If Brown is that important to the Cavs they could have waited. You can have an interim run the team until brown is ready to take over. Besides, he is going to need surgery any way. It is not like he is going to jump in with both feet running.

6:09 AM

Blogger T Foster said...

Why do I have the guts to write something like this? I don't know if it is guts. This is me. This is what I do.
If anyone is upset that my column is no longer in the News you can email sports editor Ruben Luna at or the head man in charge Mark Silverman at

6:12 AM

Blogger T Foster said...

PS Stay tuned.
There may be a chance for me to write for a couple other web sites. I will let you know what happens.

6:12 AM

Blogger T Foster said...

Larry Brown will coach the rest of the playoffs. In fact we might not hear anything more about the Cavs thing. Who knows.
I believe the two major candidates for the Pistons job will be Flip Saunders and Tom Izzo. I've written this before. Check some of the old blogs on this site.

6:14 AM

Blogger T Foster said...

You are right. I do not feel sorry for the Pistons in the long run. You know what you get with Brown. And he will ruin the Cavs franchise and Lebron James will skip elsewhere. The only way he won't is if Brown coaches the team in two years.

6:16 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...


You are so friggin right it's sickening. Great post. This is an outrage and Brown and Gilbert better pay!

9:45 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good riddance LB! I'm tired of all this talk about leaving and playing with words. A good coaching option is Bill Laimbeer with Chuck Daly as his top assistant to help him since he doesn't have NBA experience.

12:03 PM

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