C’mon now, Larry.
You not talking to the media – at an official team function where you are serving as a head coach – is almost as inconceivable as a perfect game that requires 28 outs.
Yet both those things have now happened this week. Brown, the Bobcats’ head coach, blew off the media Friday following a workout of six draft prospects at the team’s practice facility. And that’s really not acceptable.
Coaches can say “no comment” all they like, but they at least have to listen to the questions. That’s part of the job. Even if Brown still hasn’t made up his mind on whether to return and coach the Bobcats next season, he needs to say that and not just leave all Bobcat fans guessing.
I’ll give Panthers coach John Fox credit on this one – he may stand there and not say anything much, but at least he says something.
Brown, meanwhile, has gone into “Bizarro Larry” mode. Moody. Unpredictable. One hand seemingly on the nearest door.
I have a couple of competing theories on why Brown dodged the media Friday:
1) Brown really hasn’t made up his mind for sure on whether to return. Certainly possible, although it would make his comment April 30 (at his last previous team function before Friday) that “I don’t want this to drag on” seem laughable. It’s been five weeks now since Brown said that.
2) Brown already knows he’s going to return but he wants something. Not talking Friday was a message to team owner Michael Jordan: “Give me x (some perk, or some roster maneuver, or something) and I’ll say publicly that I’m back and we’ll be done with all this.”
For now, though, who knows? I still believe Brown will ultimately return to the Bobcats, and that would certainly be the best thing for the team because he’s a hall of fame coach. But his behavior Friday was certainly unusual and exasperating.
The media, after all, is simply a stand-in for the fans. Brown always talks about respecting the game, and that also means you respect your fans as well. You make them feel a part of the team they support with their hard-earned money. You let them in on what the head coach is thinking (through the media).
Let’s just hope Brown’s drive-by refusal to talk to the media Friday doesn’t become a trend.
For the Bobcats to look dysfunctional for a single day? During the Bob Johnson era, that used to happen all the time.
If this mess drags on much longer, though, the Bobcats are just going to look silly.
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