HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — The first questions tweeted to me after the news broke that Larry Brown was stepping down as coach of the Charlotte Bobcats was, “When is Michael Jordan going to take over?”
How about never?
Don’t do it Mike. Stay right where you are as majority owner and face of the franchise. Don’t wade into the mess that is trying to coach your team right now.
You will hear all sorts of names as replacements for Brown — everything from Paul Silas to Mike Brown to Patrick Ewing and Darrell Walker — *** UPDATE … Silas was named interim coach at 6:27 p.m. *** but if the Bobcats want a coach well versed in trying to turn around a program under a specific set of financial guidelines, their first call should be to former Hawks coach Mike Woodson.
Like Silas and Brown, Woodson’s a good coach without a job in the league right now. He also has a firm grasp on the Southeast Division, having coached in the division the past six seasons. And what the Bobcats need right now is a coach. Not a name, an icon, a politican or a personality to sell. They are a team in desperate need of being grabbed by the collar and dragged back into the realm of playoff basketball, where they frolicked last season with an inspired Brown running the show.
Larry Brown did the honorable thing, stepping down before this Bobcats team melted all the way down. A 9-19 start quickly eroded all of the good will from that playoff run last season. So this afternoon’s announcement from Jordan that it was a mutual meeting of the minds that let to Brown stepping down in his third season at the helm should have surprised no one.
The only mystery now is whether or not Jordan will surprise us with Brown’s permanent replacement … unless he already has his man in Silas.