ITS OFFICIAL. BROWN IS OFFICIALLY A DISTRACTION TO PISTONS
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?
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.