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Larry Brown: People around Jordan make me sick

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Larry Brown: People around Jordan make me sick

Larry Brown has a long history with the NBA and college hoops, marking back to 1959.

The current head coach of the Southern Methodist University basketball team once worked side-by-side with Michael Jordan while he served as the coach of the Charlotte Bobcats beginning in April 2008. Just a year and a half later in December of 2010, Brown was let go after the team held a 9-19 record.

Brown joined the "Dan Patrick Show" on Wednesday to discuss his past relationship with Michael Jordan and the 'spies' he believes the former NBA star has on board with him.

"I love the guy, I think he's brilliant, but he's around people that don't have a clue and they won't challenge him, and the more you challenge him, the more you get from him.

"The people around him just make me sick. I mean, being around them was not comfortable, it was almost like they were spies wondering what you were doing and getting back to him."

When questioning whether Jordan shows the same passion toward the Bobcats and NBA as he did as a player, Brown doesn't doubt his dedication to his team. He blames "those spies" around Jordan for the mishaps the team is experiencing--not a lack of caring.

"You know, we all make bad decisions... This draft thing is not a perfect science. But when I talk to him about players, and strengths and weaknesses, what we need to do to be successful, he's right on point. But he has all these other people who get in the way, and you can't do it like that. A coach, a GM, and a President have to be attached at the hip."

Brown explains the team didn't understand the organization's hierarchy, nor how to work together as one group. But despite being let go by who he called "one of his heroes," Brown hopes for the best for Jordan and the Bobcats organization.

"I think Michael's gonna figure it out. I sure hope so because we've all benefited from being around him, I know I have."

Report: Jimmy Butler granted permission to avoid media day on Monday

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Report: Jimmy Butler granted permission to avoid media day on Monday

On Saturday morning, Shams Charania of The Athletic reported that Jimmy Butler had been granted permission to avoid the Timberwolves media day, amidst the drama created by his trade demand:

The decision comes as no shock, as no one fully expected the Timberwolves to execute a Jimmy Butler trade in 24 hours.

It will take a while for this situation to come to a conclusion, as Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor and Tom Thibodeau—already prepared to hold on to Butler following his trade demand—will surely look for the best trade offer that still gives them the ability to be playoff contenders. 

Some NBA fans, like the ever-relevant Rob Perez, were not fans of Minnesota shutting down more drama before it could get started:

It is not yet known if Minnesota is actively engaging in trade discussions with any of the teams on Butler's preferred teams list (Clippers, Nets, Knicks).

If they have, there is a reasonable chance that a Butler trade can be done by early-October. A source from the NBA board of governors meeting told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, "The owner's trading him..... It's just a matter of when."

The sooner a deal is done, the sooner the Timberwolves can start to integrate their new piece(s) before their season opener in San Antonio. 

Inflammatory arthritis to keep Omer Asik out indefinitely

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Inflammatory arthritis to keep Omer Asik out indefinitely

It was announced on Saturday morning, that Omer Asik will be out indefinitely. 

Asik had an arthritis flare up over the summer, and that is the key to his current diagnosis. The Bulls acquired Asik last season in the Nikola Mirotic trade with the New Orleans Pelicans.

He has two years and north of $22 million left on his contract (including this current season).

The Bulls never expected Asik to play heavy minutes, and this injury puts his 2018-19 season in jeopardy, 

This is Asik's second stint with the Bulls, as he played with Chicago in the first two seasons of his career.