Stephen Jackson blames Larry Brown for Bobcats' poor start

By Mike Cranston

Associated Press

Published: Thursday, April 14 2011 1:25 p.m. MDT

Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan disagrees with a call in the second half of the Bobcats' 96-85 win over the Atlanta Hawks in an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, April 13, 2011.

Chuck Burton, Associated Press

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Stephen Jackson knew the Charlotte Bobcats were in trouble before the first practice.

Jackson entered then-coach Larry Brown's office and heard all that was wrong with the team after offseason departures of point guard Raymond Felton and center Tyson Chandler.

Jackson said Thursday that Brown told him they weren't going to be a playoff team. Jackson didn't take it well, and said Brown "lost the team."

The Bobcats quickly dropped 19 of their first 28 games before owner Michael Jordan fired Brown. Veteran Paul Silas took over and helped get Charlotte into playoff contention, but the Bobcats finished 34-48 and out of the playoffs for the sixth time in their seven seasons.

Jackson believes the Bobcats are now in good hands.

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