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."

Bulls' Taj Gibson a late scratch with ankle injury vs. Mavericks

Bulls' Taj Gibson a late scratch with ankle injury vs. Mavericks

Just when you think the Bulls are back at full strength for one of the few times this season and able to hit the reset button halfway through the year, someone goes down with an injury.

Taj Gibson will miss Tuesday’s game against the Dallas Mavericks with a left ankle injury that he apparently suffered Sunday night in the Bulls’ win against Memphis.

This comes on the day Nikola Mirotic has recovered from his strep throat and apparently the flu bug that made its way through the locker room has finally run its course.

Paul Zipser, the Bulls’ rookie second-round pick, will start in Gibson’s place. Zipser has played in 12 games so far, starting in two of them.

"It's something that kind of popped up,” Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said. “I don't know exactly the time. He did have a little bit of soreness in the game. Again, it's not to the point where you're saying this is something that holds him out a while.”

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Gibson did have ankle surgery on his left ankle in June 2015, but he’s been an iron man this year, starting every game to this point and averaging 12 points with 7.3 rebounds.

Hoiberg said he’s not sure if Gibson will need an MRI or if this injury is somehow related to the ankle surgery that cost Gibson several months in the 2015 offseason.

It seems Hoiberg will start off with Zipser and then use Mirotic and Bobby Portis as reserves against the Mavericks team that gave the Bulls a 25-point whipping in Dallas on Dec. 3, their second-worst loss of the year.

“Again, we hope to sit him tonight, have a couple days off to rest and get him back in the lineup in the next one,” Hoiberg said. “We felt it was best to hold him out tonight."

Mavericks' Dirk Nowitzki: Growing up 'I was a huge Chicago Bulls fan'

Mavericks' Dirk Nowitzki: Growing up 'I was a huge Chicago Bulls fan'

When Dirk Nowitzki was a young teenager growing up in Wurzburg, Germany, there were only a few NBA games on TV each week. And more times than not, in 1991 and 1992, the team seen most frequently was the Chicago Bulls.

It's why Nowitzki told reporters on Tuesday at the United Center that the Bulls were his favorite team as he grew up and learned to love basketball.

"I was a huge Chicago Bulls fan. If there was any franchise I would love to play for back then, it was the Bulls. Obviously Jordan, I was a huge (Scottie) Pippen fan. Pippen was actually my favorite for a long time. Just his versatility, his shooting, his defense, his rebounding, his playmaking.

"So I was a huge Pippen guy. and then later (Dennis) Rodman, (Toni) Kukoc. They had some great, great teams. and back in the day (Germany) only showed one, two games a week, and it was usually Chicago. So, great, great sports town, great history, and it's always fun to play here."

After a successful stint in Germany, playing for DJK Wurzburg from 1994 to 1998, Nowitzki was the 9th overall pick in the 1998 NBA Draft. The Bucks traded his rights to the Mavericks, where Nowitzki has been ever since.

The future Hall of Famer's illustrious career has included an NBA title and Finals MVP in 2011, four selections to the All-NBA First Team, and he's sixth all-time in NBA in history in points. He needs just 307 more points to reach 30,000 for his career.

For what it's worth, the Bulls drafted 28th in that 1998 NBA Draft and selected Corey Benjamin.

Dirk and the Mavericks square off against the Bulls tonight at 7 p.m. on CSN+.