Billups Blasts Brown
Pistons guard Chauncey Billups is no fan of the way his former coach Larry Brown handled project Darko Milicic.
His fear is that Brown might have "beaten" Milicic up so badly mentally that he may never become a good NBA player.
Billups dumped a big load on Brown' lap during Thursday's Sport Inferno Show at Lucky's of Novi. Fans immediately reacted to what Billups' words much of the day.
“I just think Larry beat him up too much,” Billups said. “He beat him up and tore the kid’s confidence apart too much and it was too tough for him to recover. Maybe having a new face in Flip (Saunders), it is different. Hopefully he didn’t beat him up too much where he can never recover.
“The kid has unbelievable talent and there’s nothing he can’t do out there on the court.”
Milicic, 20, came to the Pistons as a 7-foot jump shooting small forward. Brown attempted to turn him into a post player, an experiment that has yet to pay dividends.
Milicic has scored just 115 points in two seasons and is shooting 29 percent from the field.
Billups said he attempted to talk to Milicic, but said he did not get support from the coaching staff.
“I have done a lot to help him but when I would try to help him with that I was not getting help from the coaching staff,” Billups said. “I just wanted Larry to play him some minutes in the second quarter or third quarter-minutes where it is not going to hurt the game or affect the game. It would get him thinking he can play or he is one of the good players on the team. And that keeps him from having those self confidence problems.”
Billups said Milicic deserved more playing time in the second and third quarters, but Brown refused.
** In the same interview Billups picked the Pistons to return to the NBA Finals to face San Antonio. The Miami Heat made significant changes by bringing in point guard Jason Williams and forward Antoine Walker. But neither are strong defensive players.
“Everybody knows you got to be able to play defense and stop people,” Billups said. “Everybody knows we and San Antonio are the best teams and I think it is going to be the same way.”