Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Could Larry Brown Have Been Right?

Yeah I know, he won a championship in college, won the NBA title last year, he made the Clippers decent for awhile, he's the only guy that's been able to handle headcases like Allen Iverson and Dennis Rodman while at the same time making the whole team better. But for some reason I've always suspected Larry Brown wasn't that great.

As it turns out, I'm probably wrong. While everyone including myself thought it was a complete jackass move to take Darko with the 2nd pick and then proceed to turn him into the last option off the bench, I think in the long run it will be the best thing that ever happened to him. Seeing him explode off the bench yesterday and rack up 3 whole points makes me optimistic that in 20 or 30 years he could be STARTING for a Larry Brown coached team.

Seriously, though, being 17-years old and having the entire continent of Europe riding your jock probably does inflate your ego a little and having arguably the greatest coach ever sit your ass down and make you watch actual NBA professionals win it all will probably make him an incredibly humble big time player down the road.

Either that, or just force him to sign with a team that will play him.


At 2:51 PM, Anonymous Brandon said...

I think Darko might pan out sooner or later. He played really well when he was given some big minutes in the last two games of the regular season. Eventually he will get his chance.

He's not hurting his team and that's what I think is important. If they would have taken nearly anybody else that year, including Carmelo, it would have just jammed things up too much. There would have been pouting about playing time and a bunch of bitching and whatnot and who knows if they would have won a title.

At 4:57 PM, Blogger Jeff said...

Brandon, that's all true, but my only concern for the Pistons is that Darko just bolts after his rookie contract is up next year. He's obviously upset at Brown for his lack of playing time, so where's the incentive for him to stick around?

I'm sure it'll make no difference to him in the long run if he follows Jermaine O'Neal and Tracy McGrady's lead and jumps ship from the team who drafted him, but I'd feel bad for the Pistons who will end up getting the worst years of his career. Basically, that means Detroit gets nothing for that #2 pick.

I'm not saying Larry Brown should have coached any differently, cuz it doesn't look like Darko was ready for the NBA, but at this point the front office should trade him. At least that way they'll get something for him.

It would be great if he starts to take over for the aging Raseed Wallace, but if that doesn't happen next year, there's no way he's going to stay in Detroit.


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