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April 13, 2010

Brown: 'I'm not coaching anywhere but Charlotte'

Addressing month of speculation, the Charlotte Bobcats' Larry Brown said the only coaching job he wants is the one he has.

"I'm not coaching anywhere'' else, Brown told the Charlotte Observer. "I'm not coaching for anyone but for Michael Jordan. He gave me the chance after that debacle in New York.''

Brown was addressing speculation linking him to potential openings with the Philadelphia 76ers and Los Angeles Clippers. The issue came up again Thursday when New York Post NBA columnist Peter Vecsey wrote that Brown had received permission from Bobcats owner Jordan to leave for the 76ers after this season.

The Sixers might fire both coach Eddie Jordan and general manager Ed Stefanski after the season concludes Wednesday.Brown is often linked to the 76ers because he was formerly coach and president there and his wife and two teenage children still live there.

Brown said he hasn't spoken with Vecsey.

"They're bringing up old stuff,'' Brown said, referring to Jordan's comments in the Observer and other media outlets that he wouldn't stop Brown from leaving for family reasons. "I addressed all that a month ago. I don't know why it keeps coming up.''

Brown said he isn't looking to move, particularly with the Bobcats about to make their first playoff appearance this weekend against the Orlando Magic.

"I've had a lot of fun here,'' Brown said. "I'm not coaching anywhere but Charlotte.''

Posted by Observer Sports on April 13, 2010 at 04:16 PM | Permalink


THANK GOD! Just when everyone started coming around on the Bobcats. This would have been a HUGE blow to their fan base. Hopefully, he is telling the truth.

Posted by: Kevin Boyd | Apr 13, 2010 4:32:57 PM

Key words. "not coaching"

but a front office job is not coaching.

Posted by: Derek | Apr 13, 2010 4:46:56 PM

Derek, buddy, put down the bong.

Can you really imagine Larry Brown rolling a GM/VP slot and NOT coaching the team? It would drive him insane. And/or his coach.

I'll clue you into the real source of angst and turmoil in the Heel Hoops Mafia -- George Karl having to go all the way to Johns Hopkins for his cancer treatments. Were Denver a-OK with Dantley taking over next year, finding a slot for Karl on the East Coast becomes a priority.

Posted by: JAT | Apr 13, 2010 4:54:28 PM

He said that he is not coaching anywhere else...that does not mean that he would not leave to go to Philly to be the GM. I think it is important to read his quote carefully and not be too stunned if he winds up there running the show...

Posted by: Ryan | Apr 13, 2010 5:00:44 PM

Exactly Ryan, because nothing bad has ever come from over-analyzing something.

Posted by: Yo | Apr 13, 2010 5:26:33 PM



Posted by: parker | Apr 13, 2010 5:27:00 PM

It's called retirement folks.

Posted by: Dr. Know | Apr 13, 2010 5:29:52 PM

Larry could be GM at the Bobcats if he wants it. The UNC-CH will rally around MJ. Owning an NBA franchise is a lot of money even for Jordan. His Tarheel and regional buddies will make sure he gets all the support he needs.

Posted by: Mark | Apr 13, 2010 5:30:38 PM

All of the above comments about LB being deceitful and wording things a particular way are also purely speculation! Maybe he really is happy here coaching the Bobcats and working for MJ!

What not just take the man at his word, and be thankful he is still coaching here?

Posted by: CATS | Apr 13, 2010 5:32:07 PM

That's a relief.

Posted by: Fleiter | Apr 13, 2010 5:32:29 PM

Even if Brown does leave after this year, it was worth it. I guarantee you every single player on this roster has learned a lot from him. From youngsters like DJ and Gerald Henderson, to vets that Larry has coached before like Theo.

If he does leave, I just pray we don't go back to Sam Vincent. He is a terrible coach any way you look at it.

Posted by: 704Champ | Apr 13, 2010 5:52:35 PM

Good answer Larry...Let's Go Cats!

Posted by: BlockParty | Apr 13, 2010 5:55:44 PM

Speculation.....Inuendo....Just listen to the facts. He will not caoach elsewhere. He has done a tremendous job and the owner agrees. Just let it be folks. LB is nothing more than one of the classiest acts that has ever hit Charlotte. The team has come of age. I cannot wait for the weekend.

Posted by: Steve Gilmore | Apr 13, 2010 6:03:18 PM

Why didn't you interview Larry Brown before you wrote "Larry Brown Heading Back to Philly?". More of the sensationalistic journalism created to shock the reader? We don't need that. The piece above now sounds more like a correction to your earlier story.

Posted by: VecseySucks | Apr 13, 2010 6:16:47 PM

I can't help but read into this one. He gave an extremely vague statement, and while I would love for him to stay, this does nothing to convience me that he is.

Posted by: GO BOBCATS! | Apr 13, 2010 6:21:08 PM

"..debacle in New York." Way to call it out, coach.

It was what it was - ask John Fox.

Posted by: ScottNC1 | Apr 13, 2010 6:23:15 PM

Signing Larry Brown is a disaster. As coach of the Knicks he pushed for a series of horrible trades and signings that are still bankrupting the team. He constantly feuds with the front office. He can't handle today's generation of players.

He should go back to the college ranks. As a college coach he could take on the "teacher" role wants of developing players, not have to deal with the front office aspects of signings/trades/draft moves....and college players seem better to coach, less drama.

His career is basically over.

Both the Clippers and Sixers have a huge amount of salary committed to bad contracts that can't be moved.

Philadelphia seems possible..their coach was ousted..and he has a good relationship with the front office it seems...and his family lives there.

Los Angeles is just not going to happen. Not possible at all.

Posted by: Dale | Apr 13, 2010 6:32:03 PM

He is staying - or he's leaving. Why are all the speculative rumors "News" If and when he is moving on I am sure proper notification will be provided to report the "news" - - let's stop making it up as we go along.

Posted by: Bluto | Apr 13, 2010 6:33:03 PM


Posted by: Josh | Apr 13, 2010 6:33:10 PM

enought said....way to go LB. Class act and Charlotte is fortunate to have you. Thanks for getting in the Playoffs!

Posted by: HAve2650 | Apr 13, 2010 6:37:18 PM

Yeah Dale, ok. LB is a disaster? Such a disaster that he's the only coach to win both an NCAA and NBA title? You blame the Knicks disastrous season on Brown. Ignorant, ignorant, ignorant. It was really Isiah Thomas who messed up that team. He traded draft picks without lottery protecting them, he traded for players without looking at personalities; he just wasn't apt to be the Knicks GM.

Posted by: Yo | Apr 13, 2010 6:43:10 PM

That will do for now. Keeps everyone calm and focused for the playoffs as he should. I really want him to stay but won't be surprised if he does leave. No coach these days will tell you they're leaving until after they've left.

Posted by: BobcatFan | Apr 13, 2010 6:47:18 PM

If you guys really want to be fired up, go read what the dumba$$ Magic fans are saying about the bobcats on the sports web forum at the Orlando Sentinel. They're already talking about who they want to play in Round 2!!! I can't wait to give them a reality check!
Go Cats!!!

Posted by: Randomguy | Apr 13, 2010 6:49:48 PM

Dale NY was in trouble way before Larry got there. Larry Johnson bad back and Alan Houston ate all their money.

Posted by: Dre | Apr 13, 2010 6:53:57 PM

off-topic, but I got an email from the Epicenter-- Alive After Five on Thursday will feature a BObcats playoff rally! Email says the players will be there, at the Wachovia plaza. Let's give 'em some love!!

Posted by: Knoxie | Apr 13, 2010 7:17:23 PM

"If he does leave, I just pray we don't go back to Sam Vincent. He is a terrible coach any way you look at it."

Posted by: 704Champ | Apr 13, 2010 5:52:35 PM

If Sam Vincent ever lands a coaching ANYWHERE in the NBA ever again, I will eat my Charlotte Bobcats hat.

Posted by: Newsinz | Apr 13, 2010 7:30:03 PM

Larry Brown will be Charlotte's coach until he retires from the game. Charlotte will be his biggest success and we will have a championship here within 5 years. Go _ _ _ CATS, MJ and COACH.

Posted by: MajorLeague | Apr 13, 2010 7:52:21 PM


Posted by: Defcon | Apr 13, 2010 9:39:36 PM

That's good news but you know I just can't trust LB 100%. Maybe in this case I'm 66% confident he'll be back. Go Bobcats.

Posted by: pantherz | Apr 13, 2010 9:54:35 PM

Right on. Larry's the man.

Posted by: Cool With That | Apr 13, 2010 9:59:57 PM

I'm pretty sure this is what he's said at every job he's ever left too. I know he said the same thing in Detroit.

Posted by: Tyson Reilly | Apr 13, 2010 10:28:09 PM

as much as i hate how much of a flight risk he is.......you gotta respect how he walks his own path and does what nobody else wanted to or even could.

it won't kill us when he leaves. he'll leave our roster a lot better than it was before assuming the young core of guys on the bench stay intact here. a lot of future stars stashed there.

Posted by: charlottean | Apr 13, 2010 11:09:21 PM

Dale - explain to us how Larry Brown has been a "disaster" ??? He's taken this team to the playoffs for the first time in franchise history and he's one of the reasons why this fanbase is finally excited! Yea, that's a disaster.

Posted by: PantherDave | Apr 13, 2010 11:25:23 PM

As a Knicks fan, Larry Brown was an awful with New York, however, to blame him for the Knicks woes, and to claim he forced bad trades, just is not true.

I am rooting for Michael, Larry, and the Bobcats to continue to build upon what looks like a pretty good team, and hope that Coach Brown stays.

Peace and good luck in the Playoffs.

Posted by: Jason | Apr 14, 2010 1:32:38 AM

And wrapping up the weather, the fair weather over the Bob Cats Stadium continues and expected to remain for the next few weeks.


Oh Tony it looks those many new fair weather friends will still be out in full force.

Yes Anne, with the Larry Brown clouds passing away it looks like a great time at the arena with all those new faces.

Annie: Meanwhile in the news, Libraries, Schools and Police Coverage will not be effected by the new Mecklenburg County budget. All of them will still remain closed.

Now to Sports and our 15 minutes of coverage on the Bobcats.

Posted by: Larry Bumgarner | Apr 14, 2010 6:41:37 AM

Thanks for the heads up Knoxie!

Posted by: Cassy | Apr 14, 2010 8:51:23 AM

i got the same email, the bobcats will have a pep rally at 5pm right outside of the wachovia bldg, on s. tryon, can't wait , come on out fans..

Posted by: TEEMAC | Apr 14, 2010 1:23:47 PM

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