THE FULL BROWN-PISTONS STORY
If you look below you will see a web log I wrote on the Detroit News site back in November. I published it with the intention to republish it again this summer to let you know that the Larry Brown drama has been going on longer than you think.
I wrote the blog the day after I talked to one of his buddies in the league. He told me back then that Brown was going to retire. Now I did not say his buddy told me Brown was thinking of retiring. He told me he WAS going to retire.
It already was a done deal. Brown just needed to figure a way out.
The word filtered back to the Pistons and they began making mental notes for a contingency plan for life without Brown.
Brown will tell you he won't coach the Pistons because Pistons President Joe Dumars and owner Bill Davidson did not want him. He wants it to seem as if he is being pushed out.
The way I look at it is Brown already had one leg out the door. The Pistons gave him a forceful push into the streets when he did not guarantee he would sit at the dinner table.
You all came in on the story late. This has been brewing for eight months. After publishing the web log Mike and I did a full Sports Inferno Show (10-1 on AM 1270 The Sports Station) on how Brown was not returning next season. A bunch of you did not believe us. Many of you did. It wasn't until weeks later that others picked up on it.
The Pistons were agitated with Brown and refused to wait him out following his health issues. You can argue that they could have given the best coach in the NBA more time. They were not willing because in their minds Brown was leaving any way. Dumars and Davidson felt they had waited long enough.
Davidson demanded that Brown guarantee that he could give his all to the Pistons next season.
Brown said he planned on coaching the Pistons.
He said he wanted to coach the Pistons.
But he could never guarantee he would be there for training camp, 82 games and the playoffs.
That is when interrogation turned to buy out. And that only happened over the weekend.
The Pistons know they are taking a step down by having Flip Saunders coach the team rather than Brown. This is not a debate of Brown against Saunders. The Pistons were fearful that if they waited too long they might have to settle for Flip Wilson.
You will hear many versions of Brown vs. Pistons. I respect what others have to say. But this is my version.
My version is based on an eight month squabble between the Pistons and Brown, not the one you've heard about the last three months.