File this under "news that shouldn't surprise anyone."â†µ
Multiple NBA sources said [Bobcats] coach Larry Brown has made preliminary calls to the Clippers to try to line up a position with that organization in case things with [Michael] Jordan go sideways.â†µ
One source indicated Brown was seeking complete control, including the ability to make personnel decisions. [Clippers owner Donald] Sterling is said to still be enamored with the idea of getting Brown, who coached the Clippers to the playoffs in 1992 and '93.â†µ
Timing hasn't exactly been Brown's strong suit in these situations. During the 2005 playoffs, when Brown's Pistons were going for a repeat championship, Brown was talking to the Knicks about becoming their next head coach. He abruptly left the Spurs back in 1992 to make a midseason coaching switch to the Clippers, who he then left two years later to coach the Pacers, who he then left four years later to coach the 76ers, who he left to coach the Pistons, then the Knicks ... you get the idea.â†µ
Now, after flaming out in New York, Brown is succeeding with an emerging Bobcats team, who provided him a job when nobody else would. And he wants to leave? SB Nation's Bobcats blogger Rufus on Fire says this is a non-story, and it probably is. But to paraphrase Allen Iverson, we talkin' about Larry Brown. We shouldn't put something like this past him.