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May 07, 2013

ESPN's Hubie Brown speaks on Bobcats' search for a new head coach

HubieHubie Brown’s advice to the Charlotte Bobcats: Take a thorough look at what your best players do best, then match a new head coach to that description.

Brown is a former NBA head coach who is now a game analyst for ESPN. During a media conference call Tuesday he was asked several questions about how the half-dozen NBA teams hiring a new head coach should proceed.

“Too many times a coach’s style doesn’t match the players already under contract, particularly the top three players,’’ Brown said. “The style of play is critical in relation to the players on the roster. If it doesn’t match, you’re just wasting time.

“Management has got to look at (each candidate’s coaching style) and ask, ‘Does the glove fit?’’

The Bobcats are about to hire a head coach for the fifth time since 2007. They fired Mike Dunlap in April after a single 21-61 season.

Six Charlotte candidates have become public so far. At least three of those – Nate Tibbetts (a Cleveland assistant) and Alvin Gentry and Elston Turner (both previously with Phoenix) -- are expected to interview this week.

Brown was asked if there’s much difference between hiring someone with previous NBA head-coaching experience, versus hiring an assistant. Brown said there’s a misconception about assistants that they’re all the same in experience.

“When Chicago hired Tom Thibodeau it was an incredible bonus,’’ Brown said. “He’d been a major factor, running defenses and video (for various coaches) -- 20 years of major responsibility. So when he got the opportunity he was totally ready to be the head man.

 “The backgrounds of various assistants are totally different.’’

Brown said part of the challenge for the next Bobcats coach is making this team entertaining while it’s learning how to win:

“The style of play has to entice people to watch it. That people enjoy watching while you’re still working with a young team (buys the time) to improve week-to-week. A coach has to sell that whether he’s an assistant or has been a head coach.’’

Posted by Observer Sports on May 7, 2013 at 04:33 PM | Permalink


This team will never be good until they get lucky in the draft. Might as well continue to lose until they get a good pick and get a franchise player to build around.

Posted by: Charlotte | May 7, 2013 5:18:18 PM

Charlotte.......wrong! you still need a good coach to coach good talent! So getting lucky in the draft wont matter until the Bobcats land a great coach!!!!!

Posted by: HORNET | May 7, 2013 5:29:33 PM

I thought and still think Nate McMillan would be a perfect fit for the Bobcats. Why he hasn't gotten serious consideration to be the head coach is a mystery to me.

Posted by: will | May 7, 2013 6:03:22 PM


Posted by: GUESS WHO | May 7, 2013 6:53:59 PM

GUESS WHO, We'd be better off if our moron owner went on a permanent vacation and turned the team over to Phil Jackson. As long as the moron is involved we will fail.

You could not be more correct about the Larry Bird deal. Ever stop to think about why the Commissioner chose Bob Johnson?

Posted by: rat1san2 | May 7, 2013 7:08:58 PM

Bobcat fans need to be patient. Yes, I know we have been but they have a chance to get a Noel, Len, Zeller, Bennett...yes, go BIG. Than next year they could actually get three lottery picks...The Bobcats, Portland's pick (Wallace trade), Detriot's Gordon trade. With the players coming out next year, that could be a Wiggins, Parker, Harrison, Harrison, Young, and more....Those four draft picks could really make this a team with a future.

Now, this team needs to get rid of T. Thomas, build around Walker, Henderson, Mullens, BB, MKG, Taylor, even Roberts, Sessions, Gordon, and pick up a couple of players with desire and low or middle of the row salaries. We don't need to pay over 8m for any player.

Posted by: Glenn | May 7, 2013 7:14:45 PM

Gordon is d-o-n-e after next year and has proven to be a distraction in the locker room, why would we build round him?

The BOBcats have had eight (8) #1 picks since Air Mikey has taken over and we have nothing on show for it. Building though the draft is a pipe dream as long as Mikey is at the helm.

Posted by: rat1san2 | May 7, 2013 7:31:53 PM

Very wise words from ex-coach Hubie Brown. Charlotte lacks identity and needs an infusion of talent. The pieces have to mesh in terms of talent and philosophy. My priorities would be as follows:

1. Get an attacking scoring Center.
2. Add a veteran G/SF that can light it up.
3. Buy a nice pair of shades.

Posted by: Airbrush87 | May 7, 2013 7:40:24 PM

I have to agree with Guess Who.... MJ is the worst owner EVER!!!! I hope he is better at being married than he is at being a owner..OOPS this is his second marriage...anyway we had great players here in Charlotte who are all on teams in the playoffs I think the coaching was not a good fit.....He should have called Phil Jackson when he retired the first time, would like to see if his triangle offense works when you don't have a star player and just 5 players that work real hard...

Posted by: Ksmooth | May 7, 2013 8:41:04 PM

Patience guys, patience. We will suck again next year, and if we're smart, we'll suck bad. 2013 is the weakest draft since 2000, and I think all we can hope for is a solid contributor or another project (Mcclemore, Noel). 2014 draft is loaded with franchise players, and if we could some how land a Wiggins or Jabari Parker, we'd be a playoff team. Kemba/McClemore/MKG/Parker/Noel could be pretty nasty.

Posted by: Dave | May 7, 2013 9:01:27 PM

Queen City PAIN !

Posted by: chris in union county | May 7, 2013 10:08:06 PM

Jordan please sell the team to anybody. You are the cheapest owner in the league. We are 20k under the salary cap. When are you going to spend. you wont even get a first rate coach. you cant take all that money with you to heaven.

Posted by: Eddie | May 7, 2013 10:42:55 PM

Dave = BOBcat PR employee

Posted by: rat1san2 | May 7, 2013 10:43:22 PM

Come on guys..Stop all the complaining.. none of you can coach, manage or play for a NBA team. Go complain about something more important than Bobcats basketball. Go complain about how Harry Jones mismanaged the County for 13 years.

Posted by: Bozack | May 7, 2013 10:58:01 PM


Since you don't care about the NBA, the Bobcats, or taking part in b-ball conversations, why did you need to post your comment here - under the "Inside the NBA" blog? It's your right to be as Outside the NBA as you like - just stay there.

Posted by: Sandy | May 7, 2013 11:20:42 PM

Bozo...eh Bozack, I agree with Sandy. Stay on topic or take a hike. Michael needs some players that are difference makers. He needs a star. This draft doesn't appear to have that player. Maybe there's a sleeper in it.

Posted by: Star | May 7, 2013 11:47:40 PM

These coaching cadidates are weak......

Posted by: Symbiotic | May 7, 2013 11:54:19 PM

Think about this all my Queen City brethren. All things considered. If you had Jordan's money do you think you could put together a better product on the court than MJ? I certainly do. The man forgot his roots he just wanted a team for the prestige factor. Shoot me but bring Shinn back! Jordan is so complacent as loosing. Where is the drive MJ? Firing the coach? that wasn't a big deal. The guy had no previous NBA coaching experience. Also, you paid the man peanuts. SELL THE TEAM TO A HOMEGROWN OWNER. SOMEONE WHO CARES ABOUT THE CITY, FANS AND WINNING!

Posted by: GUESS WHO | May 8, 2013 12:51:15 AM

My advice to the Bobcats... Hire a coach that can stick around for more than ONE season!

Posted by: PantherDave | May 8, 2013 9:04:58 AM

Bring the Hornets back.

Posted by: Thomas | May 8, 2013 10:42:05 AM

If Jordan can't do a better job than he's doing now he should sell the team or move. We want a winning team on the floor and we want our HORNETS back.

Posted by: Quentin | May 8, 2013 10:58:40 AM

The Hornets talk is getting ridiculous. Whether the team changes names or not, it won't matter if there's not a winning team on the floor. For everyone that's clamouring for the Hornets return, are you going to support the team if they still lose 40-50 games a season? Highly doubtful. The main issue right now is getting a new coach that can take this team to newer heights. We already have some core pieces to build around, as in Kemba Walker, MKG, and Biyombo. McRoberts is a great addition to this team as well, so hopefully they'll be able to resign him to a multi-year deal. As for all the complaining about Jordan, yes, he could certainly improve in a lot of areas. But I believe part of the problem is Higgins, whom yes, Jordan hired but should certainly think about letting go. I strongly believe Jordan hates losing as much if not more than anyone else. After all, he did win 6 championships as a player. I'm sure Jordan isn't the only NBA team owner taking vacations and playing golf during the offseason. With the upcoming draft picks next year, the Bobcats are positioned well to grab more talent to combine with the talent that is already there. Remember, this is one of the youngest teams in the league and they are continuing to learn the NBA game. It doesn't happen overnight and look at what OKC has done following a similar path.

Posted by: Jay | May 8, 2013 11:22:40 AM

Aaaaaaaaaaah jordan just spent big money on a wedding and now has to hire a head coach. The hornets name might be a mute point now.............. just saying.....

Posted by: Big Daddy | May 8, 2013 11:43:07 AM

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