Brown out as head coach in Detroit
Auburn Hills, MI (Sports Network) – Larry Brown is now free to coach another
team in the NBA, after the Detroit Pistons reached a settlement on the last
three years of his contract.
In a statement, the Pistons said president of basketball operations Joe Dumars
relieved Brown of his duties after the team and the Hall of Fame coach came to
a resolution on his contractual situation. No other terms of that resolution
Dumars added that the search for a new Pistons’ head coach has already
Brown’s agent, Joe Glass, told The Detroit News that the Pistons fired Brown,
but the team says the coach was offered a buyout package based on the final
three years and $18 million that was left on his contract.
The 64-year-old Brown, who signed a five-year, $25 million contract with the
Pistons two years ago, guided Detroit to the NBA Championship in 2004 and
lost the Finals in seven games to San Antonio this past season.
“We appreciate the two tremendous seasons the team enjoyed with Larry as
coach,” Dumars said in a statement. “We wish him the best and good health
However, in the postseason there were rumors that Brown would take a front
office job with Cleveland next season, and that he would leave following the
year to coach the New York Knicks.
Through everything Brown had insisted that if he is healthy enough to
keep coaching, he would remain on the sidelines with the Pistons. Following
the NBA Finals defeat, Brown checked himself into a hospital for two days
because of complications from November hip surgery.
The vagabond Brown has burned bridges all across the country by leaving teams
before his contract expired. He has had coaching stints with the
Philadelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets, Indiana Pacers, Spurs, Los Angeles
Clippers, New Jersey Nets and the ABA’s Carolina Cougars. He was the head
coach at UCLA and the University of Kansas, where he won the National
Championship with the Jayhawks in 1988.