Mar 9, 2010, 10:39 AM EDT
No, seriously, it does happen. There are people that want jobs with the Clippers.
And reports are Larry Brown is one of them. When the ownership situation was up in the air with Charlotte — and Larry Brown was worried about a visit from a visit from George Clooney’s “Up In The Air” character if George Postolos bought the team — he reached out to Donald Sterling, according to Frank Hughes at SI.
To preserve his position as an NBA coach, Brown reached out to Clippers owner Donald Sterling to let him know that he is open to returning to L.A. Brown did not return several calls seeking comment.
One source indicated Brown was seeking complete control, including the ability to make personnel decisions. Sterling is said to still be enamored with the idea of getting Brown, who coached the Clippers to the playoffs in 1992 and ’93. Brown also has a home in Malibu and his wife is said to want to move back there. GM Mike Dunleavy stepped down as coach in early February, and it’s possible that Sterling will revamp the front office in the off-season.
With a fellow Carolina guy Jordan at the helm, maybe Brown will stay put. Then again, no coach has wanderlust like Brown.
The Clippers are a good place for a coach to land — if they can get control of personnel issues. Right now Mike Dunleavy remains the general manager, and he has done a fairly good job of assembling talent: Chris Kaman, Baron Davis, Blake Griffin (he will be a star, trust me), and some good role players like Eric Gordon, DeAndre Jordan and Rasual Butler. It’s a team with potential.
But Mike Dunleavy pushed out Elgin Baylor for power and still has owner Donald Sterling’s ear. Which is why Brown was smart to ask for control of basketball decisions. To essentially do to Dunleavy what he did to Elgin Baylor.
The Clippers need to figure out what kind of team they are — right now interim coach Kim Hughes wants to run but has a roster of guys who can’t handle the ball well. The Clippers need a coach and GM who are on the same philosophical page, to start with. Then they can start to figure out what pieces fit into that system.
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