Between Blake Griffin's strong-arm dunks, Chris Paul's bickering with Pau Gasol and opponents refuting Griffin's arrogance, drama seems to be at a premium out in Tinseltown. Upon going just 11-9 in the month of March, however, the important issues finally began to conquer the fan-appealing drama.
The Los Angeles Clippers just aren't as good as we built them up to be.
While the true reason for their struggles are debatable, the media has taken to the theory that the blame goes to head coach Vinny Del Negro. While this theory could certainly be questioned, there is one man who was far from hesitant to throw his name into the group of Del Negro's potential replacements.
Legendary head coach Larry Brown, winner of both an NBA and NCAA championship, has expressed interest in the Clippers' head coaching job, according to Ryen Russillo of The Scott Van Pelt Show.
It's worth noting that anything is possible with one of the worst managed franchises in all of professional sports.
Let's just hope they get this one right.
While Larry Brown has the accolades that all but guaranteed him a spot in the Hall of Fame, an honor he received in September of 2002, his recent tenures in the NBA have shown that he may have outstayed his welcome. His overall record of 111-163 in his four seasons since reaching the NBA Finals with Detroit could be accredited to talent, but it's hard to put all of the blame on the players.
Is Larry Brown a Good Fit for the Los Angeles Clippers?
This beckons the question that many may be afraid to ask: Is it possible that one of the most heralded coaches in the history of both professional and collegiate basketball is outdated?
While Brown's most recent stint included a playoff berth led by Stephen Jackson, Gerald Wallace and Tyson Chandler, it also included a 9-19 start that caused the legend to promptly walk away from the game. Considering the Clippers are a young team with much to prove and everything to lose, a coach who walks away when the going gets tough may not be the best idea.
Furthermore, Brown hasn't found a way to successfully utilize a big man on offense in over a decade. For those who argue for Rasheed Wallace, he had the worst shooting percentages of his career under Brown and never seemed to dominate the way he had in Portland.
This leads me to believe that Brown would not be able to properly utilize Blake Griffin. His ability to attack the basket is near-impossible to stop, but his weak mid-range game, inability to shoot threes like 'Sheed and hardly problematic low-post game are all issues that leave Griffin as an anti-Brown-type of player.
If your franchise player doesn't mesh with your new coach, don't do it. If your coach has a history of walking away when he can't handle the pressure, don't do it.
Dear, Los Angeles Clippers: don't do it.