Seven years after Larry Brown last caused a whole bunch of drama on the Philadelphia hoops scene, LB is at it again. Think back to May 26th of 2003 and you should recall that Larry Brown resigned as the 76ers head coach because of “personal” reasons, which many at the time said were health related. Those health problems may or may not have been caused by Brown’s tumultuous relationship with then 76ers star Allen Iverson, but one thing seemed clear back in 2003, Brown was going to be out of coaching for a time.
Or so we all thought…
Six days after his resignation press conference in Philly, Larry Brown inked a five-year, $25 million contract to become the head coach of the Detroit Pistons, the same team that had eliminated the 76ers from the NBA playoffs just two weeks prior to his resignation.
But what really irked the 76ers brass and sent the fans in a uproar was that when Brown left the 76ers for the Pistons, he still had two years left on a contract that was set to pay him $6 million a season and the Sixers released him from that contract which contained a clause that prohibited Brown from coaching another NBA team if he left Philadelphia prematurely. Needless to say Comcast Spectacor Chairman Ed Snider was not happy with Brown’s move and slammed Brown for being less then honest with the Sixers about his reasons for resigning.
Now seven years later, Brown’s name is being connected to the Sixers vacant head coaching job and the drama has already arrived in Philadunkia nation…
On Monday, Yahoo Sports featured an article that claimed league sources classified the chances of Brown staying in Charlotte as “minimal at this point”. Also on Monday, Kate Fagan of the Inqy wrote a story which reported that sources told her that the 76ers are waiting on Larry Brown’s season in Charlotte to end so they can talk with him about the 76ers head coaching position and / or replacing Ed Stefanski as the Sixers General Manager.
Of course today Comcast Spectacor Chairman Ed Snider denied there was any truth to those stories. Snider called the reports “total, unadulterated bull.” Those are pretty strong words for a rumor that seems to be picking up a ton of momentum right now and is being reported nationally, not just locally.
However if you rewatch Brown’s post game press conference from last night you may find that there is a lot of truth to Snider’s comments. Brown reacted very strongly when a reporter asked him about the Yahoo story, saying…
“I’ve said I’m not coaching anywhere but Charlotte. Now am I going to go home and talk to my wife and kids? I’ll be 70 years old . . . two young kids . . . Am I going to go talk to them? And find out what I need to do? And am I going to talk to Michael? Yeah . . . absolutely. But I’m not coaching anywhere but for Michael Jordan . . . if he wants me . . . and if I can work it out with my family.”