|2005 NBA Finals: The Deepest Levels of Hell.
||[Jun. 13th, 2005|02:10 am]
|[||In the Moment
When Rasheed Wallace cussfully waxed hopeful with comments of playing like "Bad Boys," at 2:10 AM on an early Monday, I decided to write the pre-emptive memorial to a special team which stopped the collective heart of their fans.
"I don't think we've been as aggressive as them . . . "
-Larry Brown, on his team's performance in Games 1 and 2.
In sum, Larry Brown's post-game interview showed a rather vacant appearance. Deep down, however, there rests an icy soul already focused on new horizons. All of his statements pointed at his players, yet the logical answer would not pass acceptance with exception to fools.
For his current actions, including the lack of leadership on the court, the shameless and vague blame on his players, and his untimely nature of subtle malevolence at the greatest stage, Larry Brown shall own a special accomplishment.
CANTO 32 - CIRCLE 9 - COCYTUS - REALM OF COMPOUND FRAUD
*Treachery against those to whom sinners have special ties.
CANTO 32 - ROUND 1 - CAINA
*Traitors to family. Held in ice, heads bent forward.
Larry Brown fears abandonment. Gripped by his fear, he abandons those who would abandon him.
His treachery extends past his team. By his disservice, he births fear of abandonment in the hearts of those he coaches. His actions spread to the brotherhood of the NBA. Surely, the league would be left with distaste for a possibility of teams not in the largest markets with the most marketable players. Fans will also hold reason to desire such stars. If team play is San Antonio versus Detroit, then who would ever want to watch such horrid basketball?
I would not blame Joe Dumars for inaction. However, this is not Larry Brown's team.
In times of weak leadership, the subordinates follow with weak action.
Joe must defend his team from the silent assailant and turn the subtle knife upon its holder.
I apologize to the fans of basketball.
Detroit plays championship-caliber basketball, and it is capable of battle with San Antonio. The Pistons can hang with the Spurs, and they can possibly beat them. Detroit's team is not to blame.