Health or Hubie? The Controversy Continues
Hubie Brown trudged out of American Airlines Center on Saturday night with a computer case slung over his left arm, insistent on toting his own bag. He politely denied a request from an arena security guard to be driven by golf cart to the team bus.
Brown preferred instead to walk away alongside his son, Brendan, who doubles as an assistant coach with the Memphis Grizzlies. There was another defeat the elder Brown was eager to start dissecting with his staff, the Grizzlies' fifth straight.
"I think winning the game is more important than health in Hubie's eyes," said Memphis swingman Shane Battier. "So all we can do is trust him and hope that he keeps his health in mind."
Brown, the 70-year-old whose old-school influence has helped make Memphis one of the season's early surprises, gave Battier and everyone else on the Grizzlies' bench quite a scare late in the fourth quarter of Saturday's 104-98 loss to the Dallas Mavericks. During a timeout with less than five minutes to play, Brown appeared to nearly faint, falling backward as he stood with his coaches. Brendan Brown caught his dad to prevent him from hitting the floor, but panicked scenes followed on the sideline as Hubie was led back to his chair and then checked by doctors.
The preliminary word was that Brown, suffering from an inner-ear infection, simply got lightheaded in the heat of a Memphis comeback from 18 points down. Brown, though, wouldn't even admit that much, claiming that he simply tripped getting out of his chair.
"When you're old, you trip [and] everybody gets excited," Brown said. "I was fine. Everything was fine."
Again, this just shows that age may be a predominating factor in affecting people's abilities to be on the court, especially when your team loses that puts a lot of physical pressure on you and that makes your health unstable...trust me, Hubie's old, can he handle this? Well....
In other weird news tonight, Rick Carlisle just got pissed off on his team, calling them "immature" and not helping the fans out and that they've been robbed, and well, you know the rest. Carlisle was ejected from the game and put most of the blame on Ron Artest, who showed conduct detrimental to winning. It's weird in PacerLand, and you thought that Carlisle would turn things around, turning Detroit around when they needed him...turns out the only guys listening were Al Harrington and Austin Croshere.
Pissed off Pacer Locker room
Here are the major Carlisle comments:
"We're young and we're immature as hell," Carlisle said after he was ejected during the Pacers' 82-75 loss to the Nets. "And we don't understand what we've got sitting right here in our hands. We're unwilling to reach out and grab it."
And you always thought that Carlisle was a quiet coach eh? It must have been the Ron Artest factor that led to his ejection and riled upness:
Artest played uninspired in the first half and argued with Carlisle on the bench and in the locker room, prompting Carlisle to bench him for the entire second half.
"Ron Artest did not play in the second half for conduct detrimental to winning," Carlisle said. "Part of it occurred on the court, part of it occurred at halftime.
"As a coach, there's times where you've got to make a stand and there's times when the soul of the team is more important than one guy's particular agenda," Carlisle said.
"I've lived here too long, I know how these people in this state and this city feel about this game, and to watch one guy ... compromise what the game's all about is gut-wrenching and unacceptable," he said. "I will not accept it."
Artest fired back, criticizing Carlisle's offensive system.
"He calls all the plays. It's not easy to play in a set every time," Artest said. "I feel like I can play. If they don't want me to play here, I can go play somewhere else, like Lakerland or something."
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