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December 01, 2009

Effort is non-negotiable

Larry Brown said he's never been more disappointed as Charlotte Bobcats coach than he was by his team's performance in a 108-90 loss Tuesday to the Boston Celtics.

Certainly they've played this badly before. The difference, Brown said, was their lack of effort. To Brown, that's inexcusable.

"You cannot beg people to compete. That's not your job,'' as a professional basketball coach, Brown said.

That rule -- he coaches execution, not effort -- has always been a big deal to Brown. He used to lay that out in every home visit as a college coach; that if recruits and their parents expected him to create motivation where none existed, he was the wrong coach for them.

Brown threw out a slew of zingers in his post-game press conference, but here's a particularly telling one that didn't make my game story:

"You could have taken five people from the stands and run (Boston's) stuff,'' and still have beaten the Bobcats Tuesday.

My. That's one ticked-off coach.

Posted by Observer Sports on December 1, 2009 at 10:47 PM | Permalink


That last comment Brown made was true. Almost every single Boston ran out of a timeout, or inbound worked...and beautifully. It looked like a varsity team practicing against a junior varsity.

Posted by: lamont | Dec 1, 2009 11:05:55 PM

he's so right, though. man, we looked horrible. At least Nazzy, Stevie, and Ray tried. Everyone else looked sadly pathetic.

Posted by: Teej | Dec 2, 2009 12:12:08 AM

Boy, glad I had some urgent stuff to take care of last night and missed this one. Things were going nicely the last 4 games, but it sounds like they reverted back to their old bag of tricks. Judging from the opening night game and this one, it looks like the Bobcats have no belief at all that they can compete with the Celtics. Hopefully it's a one game thing and they break out of their malaise with the Nets coming up on Friday. As a New Yorker, I can tell you first-hand that the Nets are probably the worst basketball team/collection of talent I have ever witnessed. They are due for a win sooner or later, unfortunately, but if it happens against the Bobcats I will be very disappointed.

Posted by: Ari | Dec 2, 2009 12:53:06 AM

The Bobcats are no joke. Boston clearly came out last night, knowing they were playing a GOOD team! Brown & company have really turned this around!!!

I'm not saying we didn't fold last night --- we could have played much better, but with Boson giving it their all, one of the BEST and most respected teams in the NBA; it says a lot about where we are and how far we've come.

Posted by: Clay | Dec 2, 2009 10:14:31 AM

i actually got tricked by the bobcats and went to the arena. i won't be fooled again. drop dead and go to hell bobcats.

Posted by: joe cool | Dec 2, 2009 8:45:23 PM

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