Brown blasts Bobcats, NBPA blasts Fisher
With the Charlotte Bobcats on the verge of becoming the worst team in NBA history, former coach Larry Brown spoke about what went wrong during his time there.
On “The Dan Patrick Show,” Brown said he had communication problems with owner Michael Jordan and was crusched when he was fired.
“It’s one thing for me to get fired, but I have four or five assistants and they’re out there not able to work,” said Brown, who was named coach at SMU this week. “And it was the worst. And when your hero fires you… I just couldn’t believe it. You know I love the guy, think he’s brilliant, but he’s around people who don’t have a clue. And they won’t challenge him. And the more you challenge him, the more you get from him.
“I was sick about it. I haven’t spoken to him since. I don’t like seeing what’s going on.”
Brown led the Bobcats to a 44-38 record in 2009-10, their only playoff appearance. He was dismissed after a slow start the following season and replaced with Paul Silas.
—National Basketball Players’ Association president Derek Fisher has been portrayed as a rogue leader who hasn’t fulfilled his duties since the end of the lockout, according to a memo sent by the NBPA executive committee to its player representatives.
ESPN.com obtained a copy of the memo from a source close to a player representative.
The memo details that Fisher has skipped executive committee conference calls, failed to appear on the union’s behalf, and hasn’t cooperated with executive director Billy Hunter since January; it presents a timeline of events to support its decision last week to ask for Fisher’s resignation.
The division between Fisher and the committee’s other eight members reached a head last week when Fisher asked for an independent audit of the Union’s financial practices without the committee’s permission, and without first conducting a committee vote.