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Hickok SportsThoughts

Sports historian and author Ralph Hickok of www.hickoksports.com sometimes meanders on about current happenings in sports and sometimes looks back in languor.

Sunday, July 17, 2005

Larry Brown Gets No Apologies

Less than a month ago, in the midst of the NBA finals, Detroit Piston Coach Larry Brown was being ripped up one side and down the other by a large assortment of media types.
The rumor was that Brown had already agreed to become president of the Cleveland Cavaliers after the playoffs.
A distraction to his team! That was the howl. Some writers even decided that Brown's rumored defection was the main reason Detroit lost Game 5 to San Antonio at home.
Then the Pistons won Game 6 and the cry died down somewhat. Even after San Antonio knocked off the Pistons in the seventh game, Brown didn't get much blame, and the Cleveland job was hardly mentioned.
Now Brown is talking about his future in Detroit. He's been saying all along that he wants to keep coaching the Pistons if he's healthy enough.
It now looks as if the rumor was wrong. So the distraction to the Pistons, if there was one, was the reporting of the false rumor.
Yet I haven't seen a single apology.
I guess being a sportswriter means never having to say you're sorry.