BEHIND EVERY GREAT MAN././././././.
They always say behind every great man there is a great woman. Well Pistons Coach Larry Brown has a beauty in more ways than one.
His wife Shelley dropped the biggest bomb in this Rolling Stone Larry saga during an interview with the New York Post two days ago. She told Isiah Thomas and the New York Knicks that her husband Larry is not interested in the Knicks job and that the Brown family will be returning to Detroit where Larry will coach the Pistons.
So why not jump for joy and welcome the return of the best coach in the NBA?
Well, she threw a couple of zingers in there. We all know Brown has real health issues. And she said Brown had surgery on his bladder, which had not been reported before. And she said Brown won't know if he can coach the Pistons for another 2-6 weeks.
It means Brown can leave them high and dry in the middle of August if he feels he cannot coach. By then the only coaching candidate left will be a group of CYO coaches from the East side.
Brown and the misses have painted the Pistons in another corner. Some may call it devious. I actually think it is brilliant. It is so brilliant that the Pistons are left holding a ticking time bomb at their door step.
** If they let Brown go they own him $18 million and he can always come back and say he really wanted to coach the Pistons and the only reason he is here is because owner Bill Davidson and President Joe Dumars did not want him.
** If they keep him and Brown returns and actually coaches the Pistons are in a tough spot because players in that dressing room and angry with him. A couple wanted to come out in public and speak out against Brown but were discouraged. A rebellion is a possibility.
** If the Pistons remain silent and Brown says he cannot coach then they are out of legitimate candidates. Do you really want the Pistons 2005-2006 slogan to be: What has Gar done for you?
Of course not.
The question always goes back to what would you do if you were the Pistons? I know Davidson has met with people about this for consultation. The next move is up to him.