BOTH SIDES LOOK SILLY BUT IT IS TIME FOR BROWN AND THE PISTONS TO PART
Here is the other dirty little secret in this Larry Brown saga. It comes from the dressing room at The Palace where Ben Wallace, Chauncey Billups and Rasheed Wallace prepare for games.
From that room comes anger. It boiled during the playoffs. It got hotter after every Brown press conference where he proclaimed he wanted to coach the Pistons the following season.
Players were not buying it and privately hoped their coach walked or was forced out.
This isn't to say a mutiny was on the horizon if Brown returned, but there was a strong possibility.
I've run into players here and there and they privately talked about their anger. Some even wanted to show their displeasure during the playoffs, but were told by President Joe Dumars to keep quiet.
He did not want off-court emotion to affect on court results. The Pistons were locked in life and death series and Dumars thought the Pistons needed every ounce of energy to get past Indiana, Miami and San Antonio.
We will never know the fall out if Brown had returned. But this firing or buy out or whatever you want to call it is probably best for both parties.
The Pistons need to look toward the future because Brown would not have coached beyond this season any way. And even if he returned Brown could not assure 100 percent commitment. The Pistons told him to walk.
The New York Knicks are willing to wait because they don't have a championship caliber team who felt betrayed by their coach. Brown will probably take nearly $60 million in compensation and start fresh.
If he returned to Auburn Hills he had a lot of explaining to do. While Brown could not guarantee he would give the Pistons his all, there were no guarantees players would play the right way for him.
Secondly, Brown and his agent Joe Glass played Dumars and the Pistons like a fiddle. As soon as the Pistons made a decision on Brown Glass was out giving the Brown spin. Dumars was caught flat footed and will give his side of the story today during an interview on my radio show The Sports Inferno 10 a.m. on AM 1270 The Sports Station.
Dumars said he does not want to trash Brown. He simply wants his side of the story out. And then it is up to the people to make up their own minds.
Everybody is a loser in this because the Pistons are the best team Brown will ever coach. And Brown is the best coach the Pistons will ever have. It is a shame they could not work out their differences.
But this is probably best for both sides even though both sides look silly.