THE BROWN SAGA HAS GONE ON LONGER THAN YOU THINK
Wed, Nov 17, 2004 at 5:45 AM
SAY SO LONG TO LARRY BROWN?
I expect Pistons Coach Larry Brown to retire at the end of the season. He's had enough and wants to rest.
Brown is down now. He cannot coach because of painful hip surgery. But that is not why he will leave the game after the season. He dreads coaching games and if you cannot get yourself up to coach games any more that is a strong sign you've had enough. An 82-game season plus playoffs is tough enough for players, let alone for a man who is in his 60s and needs a break from the game.
Brown told me a few weeks ago that he loves running practices and loves being around the team. However, game days are difficult for him. And in the NBA it seems as if every day is a game day.
He is at least contemplating retirement. My gut is telling me he has already made the decision and will wait for the appropriate announce it to the rest of us.
If this was the case was it worth drumming Rick Carlisle for Brown? Yes it was. The Pistons won an NBA championship -- something they would not have done last season under Carlisle.
But who replaces Brown? Stay tuned