I love Larry Brown to this day, and am still a little disappointed that things worked out the way they did. However, I am comforted by the fact that LB just isn’t as great as I thought he was, even though he still has a pedigree to die for. If he was great, he couldn’t have flirted with NY, and wouldn’t be looking for new challenges. In this sense Larry Brown is a classic loser, a person that can’t deal with success, and can’t see the real challenges in basketball, a game he claims to know well. The Pistons don’t get a free pass, but they get the chance to pursue the ultimate challenge that is lost on a myopic Larry (one championship/one trick pony) Brown. Red understood it, Daddy Rich knew it, and Phil Jackson embraced it as well. True greatness isn’t winning one championship, it’s not putting your foot on the throat of a fractured Laker team, it’s putting your foot on the throat of the NBA, on the throat of an era. That’s a real challenge, that’s the pursuit of true greatness. And that’s quite a long distance from coaching the New York Knicks to a playoff berth. What kind of loser throws all that away chasing a piece of figurative tail(his hometown team)? Yeah, the Pistons lose in this deal, but in my opinion, Larry Brown is the biggest loser of all. Oddly enough, I’ll still be rooting for him and his Knicks all season, because I liked him before he came here, and I still do, but I’m not blind.