DO YOU GIVE BROWN TIME?
You are Pistons President Joe Dumars.
And you must make a decision.
Let's say your coach Larry Brown has his medical tests and comes to you on Friday. It is the day you've waited all year to make a final decision on whether Brown will coach your team or move on for health reasons.
Brown tells you he cannot make a decision that day. He needs two weeks.
What do you do?
If that is the case I say good bye to Brown. The longer this goes on the less chance that you will get a yes answer from Brown.
My guess is Brown wants out and Pistons owner Bill Davidson wants him out.
So why this game of cat and mouse?
Brown wants to leave without looking like the carpet bagger he is. The Pistons are upset with all the turmoil and baggage he brings. Besides the Pistons have heard the same rumors around the league that I have.
Brown told his buddies around the league in November he was leaving because of burn out.
If you give Brown his two weeks and he says he cannot coach there is a good chance you miss out on Flip Saunders and Natt McMillian. They won't be able to wait that long.
And if you miss out on them and Brown leaves, where does that leave you?
If Brown tells you he wants to stay Friday you have no choice but to keep him for one more year. He is a Hall of Fame coach who put you in the NBA Finals two years in a row, even though I believe he will suffer from burn out next season and you risk his team tuning him out at some point again.
But do you trust Brown if he needs more time?