|Words to Share on Larry Brown.
||[Jul. 20th, 2005|07:30 pm]
Isiah Thomas has set a meeting with Larry Brown for a date as soon as Thursday.
Congratulations, New York. If this deal is made, then you have a wonderful talent on the sidelines to guide your team out of the doghouse.
Larry Brown is a tough, brilliant, and very independent man in the twilight of his career. The only real problems Larry faces in basketball are his health, the sum talent of his team, and time.
The brainlesswonder, quoted:
People have some delusion that the head coaches job is to teach young players how to play. That's what assistant coaches are for. Head coaches are there to put a winning system in place. Besides, Larry is actually very good at improving talent.
Larry is a Hall of Fame coach who is very good at improving talent.
A head coach teaches and improves young players by commanding them to run plays and complete their duties. When they complete their tasks, the coach sits back and analyzes the results. Then, he deals out the minutes accordingly from the results. Outside of a little advice here and there, professional players must develop themselves and earn the minutes.
Top coaches like Larry Brown know a thing or two about technique and fundamentals of basketball. That's worked on in the practices. Advice is given, but the actual time spent with players is precious and few on skill-building because the coach has a number of duties to consume 95 percent of the rest of his time.
Larry will give minutes to young players who respond well to him. The shining example: Tayshaun Prince. He wasn't quite as solid of a player before he met Larry. Post-Larry, Tayshaun will be a solid starter at SF for the next 10 years, even if he sleepwalks the rest of his professional life. Tayshaun put in the effort, he listened, and if he was pissed, he never did anything drastic.
However, to hire Larry Brown, as a wise GM, one should insist on a coach-caliber assistant.
Apparently, when asked by Dumars and Davidson, it was mentioned that Larry might have to take a spell of games during this next season to enter the hospital for more corrective surgery. In other words, he'd be the coach, but he could not guarantee every game on the sidelines. Of any of all things written about the Pistons front office, those were the key of Detroit's decision to cut Larry free.
Larry didn't enter the Hall because of front-office work. However, his will remains the biggest hurdle to clear in a negotiation. Larry loves control. He didn't have all of it in Detroit, and that played a part in his talks with Cleveland and the Knicks.
Larry does surround himself with good personnel, but the best of his most recent bunch, Mike Woodson, is running the sidelines in Atlanta. Mike's first year ended with the worst record in the league, but the Hawks would have made the playoffs only in a video game.
Gar Heard, who acted as head coach during Larry's hospital time, did not impress. Granted, the team did not lose most of their games under Heard. He did guide them to a 9-8 record in Larry's absence, but the difference between Heard-Pistons and Brown-Pistons was clear to all who watched. This doesn't take away from Heard's career, but it does point to the immense level of quality in sideline direction that Larry Brown gives his teams.
It also points to Larry being the main coaching leader. There is no question to his authority.
Chances are that Isiah wouldn't give him GM-control. Isiah features a similar independence of mind.
Any suitors looking to win the Finals in the next two years will not receive a 100-game coach in Larry for this next year.
There are no questions as to Larry's talent level, and I'm completely satisfied with his two years in Detroit. Who could ask for anything more? He took Joe's team and turned the corner and headed up the hill for a ring.
Like all people, Larry has some deficiencies, and those have been documented in detail since the summer of 2004.
Good luck, Larry. You deserve a happy ending, and maybe someday you'll stay for it.