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."