SI.com: Larry Brown's not-so-surprising move; Poinsettia Bowl tonight
December 23rd, 2010
04:12 PM ET

SI.com: Larry Brown's not-so-surprising move; Poinsettia Bowl tonight

Shocked by Larry Brown’s decision to leave the Charlotte Bobcats? Well, maybe you shouldn’t have been.

According to SI.com’s Ian Thomsen, Brown’s dissatisfaction with the organization had been brewing for months, and it was only a matter of time before the botched deal with Erick Dampier and the departure of Raymond Felton was too much for Brown.

Sources say that Brown walked away from the Bobcats with an $8 million severance and will likely look for another coaching gig in the NBA. His replacement, Paul Silas, was the popular coach of the former Charlotte Hornets and will be a good fit for the team, at least in the short-term, as the franchise looks to cut back on its payroll in anticipation of a new collective bargaining agreement.

But, can Silas do a better job than Hall of Famer Brown in leading the Michael Jordan-owned Bobcats out of what has been a thoroughly dismal season?

SI.com's Greg Anthony says that the pressure to improve this team is squarely on the shoulders of Silas and the Bobcats’ front office to build a coach-player dynamic that would allow Charlotte to rebound in much the same fashion as they did last year.

Tonight, college football action chugs along in the Poinsettia Bowl, while the Heat face off against the Suns.

San Diego State vs. Navy (8 p.m. ET) – Playing at Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego State will benefit from a hometown crowd, but will it be enough to outmatch 9-3 Navy?

Miami Heat vs. Phoenix Suns (10:30 p.m. ET) – Vince Carter will make his Phoenix debut during tonight’s game against the Miami Heat. The Suns will continue to struggle as they look to upset a dramatically improved Heat squad.

By the numbers

800 – Number of wins Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer has notched in her 32-season career. Lucky 800 came in Stanford’s 100-45 rout of San Francisco.

22 – Number of consecutive victories Penguins’ star Sidney Crosby has. Crosby matched the second-longest NHL scoring streak with Pittsburgh’s win over the Florida Panthers Wednesday night.

$62, 125 – Amount New York Gov. David Paterson was fined for accepting five tickets to the 2009 World Series. Patterson says he always intended on paying for the tickets. A state commission thought otherwise.

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  1. Cesar

    With $8 million why even coach anymore? Go home and live the good life.

    December 23, 2010 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Dennid

    Brown loves the game. He will coach again.

    December 23, 2010 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Cesar

    @Dennid: Why don't you coach, chump?

    December 23, 2010 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Cesar

    @Dennid: Come on, chump, do some coaching. Dribble that basketball, throw a hook, dunk it baby, dunk it! Two points baby! I knew you could do it, Deny baby!

    December 24, 2010 at 7:56 am | Report abuse |
  5. ProtoMan

    Why would any team even hire brown? Lol the guy's had more jobs than I have, and that's not good.

    December 24, 2010 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |