Here’s what’s wrong with sports media today. The headline, from MSNBC/AP would have you think that Larry Brown might return to the Sixers now that Allen Iverson is gone because he has a huge problem with AI. This is simply not true and completely irresponsible. This is like saying that Britney Spears became a fat hillbilly mess after meeting Kevin Federline… wait no… that actually is true. The point is: just because one thing precedes another doesn’t mean it caused the other. But that is what the headline is screaming.
First of all, Larry Brown has been acting as an unofficial adviser to Billy King and might just go back to the Sixers in an official capacity. Second, Larry Brown and Iverson had a lot of famous clashes but LB is probably the only coach the Sixers had that AI ever respected. Third, if LB had such a huge problem with AI that Iverson’s presence in Philly kept him from going back to the Sixers in an official capacity, then why would George Karl ever take on Iverson? Karl and Larry Brown are good friends — so good in fact that LB’s dismissal from the Knicks is what caused the brawl at MSG a week ago as Karl tried to rub it in Isiah’s face for his handling/firing of Brown. Of course Karl got the green light from LB before the trade was made.
We usually don’t get so fired up about sports reporting anymore. Hell, just this week Desmond Howard starting analyzing a nonexistent bowl game and ESPN claimed a scoop that they didn’t actually scoop… Oh well, what can you do.