I am purely speculating and have zero idea if this will actually come true, but I believe nomadic coach Larry Brown will be the next coach of the Los Angeles Clippers.
Let’s think this over for a minute and go through the latest from both the Clippers and Bobcats.
Last week, Mike Dunleavy stepped down (forced to step down) as Clippers’ head coach and concentrate solely on his GM duties. Dunleavy is in the last year of his contract, and we all know how cheap Clippers’ owner Donald Sterling is, which leads me to believe he is forcing Dunleavy to stay on in this role and earn the last of his paychecks.
By the way, I am not the only one speculating this and pretty much a forgone conclusion among the sports world. Either way, even if Dunleavy stays on in the future as GM, next year the Clips will need a coach.
On the other side of the coin, the Charlotte Bobcats are in state of flux over ownership. Former Rocket president George Postolos has put in an offer to buy controlling interest in the Bobcats from current owner Bob Johnson. However, minority owner Michael Jordan negotiated a first right of refusal in his contract, and he has the opportunity to buy controlling interest in the Bobcats first.
Basically, Jordan has to match Postolos’ offer if he wants to own the team. If Jordan does not put up the cash, Postolos will be the owner and Postolos has said that he will not keep on the current management, meaning Jordan and his staff. Which leads us to what happens to Coach Larry Brown.
“That’s hypothetical,” Brown said. “I don’t know. I don’t even know who the buyer is. I’m hopeful Michael’s the buyer. I go to bed at night hoping that. A lot of us do.”
Brown’s quote leads me to believe that if Jordan stays on, then Brown stays. If not, he will be moving on. Lets be honest, Coach Brown has no problems picking up and moving to a new team and the Clippers could be a great fit.
Remember the Clips are a team that he has coached before and he took to the playoffs twice in the early 90s in consecutive years. I know, unheard of to see the Clips in the playoffs in two consecutive years.
Bringing Brown back, IMO, would be the ideal choice for Sterling and the Clipper organization. This year, the Clips have underachieved, but have also been hit with the injury bug, most notably first pick in the 2009 draft Blake Griffin missing the entire season.
Brown would be a perfect match for the Clips, he always flourishes with an underachieving team (look back at the Sixers, Pacers, Clippers, etc). He has done a remarkable job this year with the Bobcats, and I do not question that he could do a terrific job with the Clippers next year.
There is plenty talent on that team with Kaman as an all-star center, Gordon a rising scorer in only his second year, and of course Blake Griffin a No. 1 pick who has yet to hit the court. I don’t know how Brown and PG Baron Davis will mesh, but it really doesn't matter. Davis is on the tail-end of his career and is not part of the future of the Clippers, and Brown has worked with lesser point guards (Eric Snow, Haywoode Workman).
Just to add to Brown’s abilities, here is a quote from current Bobcat center Tyson Chandler on his blog ,
“I’ll shoot a hook shot or a short jump shot and I’ll make it and he’ll come back and say, ‘Oh Tyson, come on, you have to get the ball in your fingertips.’ After he says something like that it feels uncomfortable. But then I’ll shoot it and miss it and he’ll say, ‘great shot.’ Your first reaction is to say: ‘What are you talking about, great shot? I just missed that.’ But I’ve come to the realization that he understands that it doesn’t matter if you miss it that particular time. If you continue to shoot the ball the right way and you get to the point where you shoot the same way every single time, you’re going to make a higher percentage. It works out better than if you’re shooting half the time one-way and half the time another. It’s just stuff like that that he’s a stickler on. He’s a stickler on you doing things the right way every single time. You have to have a team that’s receptive to his coaching and his coaching style. Guys have to be willing to learn every day because he’s not going to stop teaching. If you’re the type of person that at some point wants that voice to go away, it’s not. Every player I’ve talked to that has ever played for him says: “You’re going to understand how great he is when you don’t have him.”
You don’t think that could help the Clippers? Living in LA, I pray the Clips get Brown to come out here and coach.