Larry Brown said Los Angeles Clippers management shouldn't have been shocked about his decision to quit as coach, because his agent had been in contact with owner Donald Sterling about future options.
"The only thing that concerns me is the perception of why I did not tell them myself about resigning," Brown told the Los Angeles Times in an interview published today.He said his agent, Joe Glass, had been speaking about possible plans with Sterling and vice president Andy Roeser for some time.
"I feel bad about that perception. And I feel bad Clipper people were surprised I was going on vacation," he said from Hawaii.
Sterling has said he learned of Brown's announcement May 20 from a television report while on a business trip to New York.
Brown said he hadn't consulted the Indiana Pacers about their vacant coaching position and that he had no immediate plans after 11/2 seasons with the Clippers.
"I just didn't know in my own heart if this was what I wanted to do," he said. "I don't know what I'll do. Maybe I will coach again or maybe I will do something like TV."
Brown, however, did refer to Danny Manning's request last season to be traded because of friction with Brown, and the looming free agency of several players. He said his resignation was in everyone's best interest.
"I've had a lot of real good things happen to me with the Clippers. The first year with them was real special and I guess I hoped last year would be.
"Last year was hard, and it shouldn't have been. Maybe I'm just more sensitive than other people," he said.
Brown said he hadn't spoken with Sterling or general manager Elgin Baylor, but planned to do so when he returns to Los Angeles from Hawaii.
Brown had a guaranteed $750,000 for each of the next two seasons and an option for a third year at $750,000. He had a 64-53 regular season record, making him the winningest coach in Clippers history.
Under Brown, the franchise also made its first two playoff appearances since it was the Buffalo Braves.
Brown said he knows he has the reputation of a wanderer who won't be happy in any job.
"That's always been with me, even though I was at Kansas for five years and was with the Spurs for a long time (31/2 years) before they fired me," he said. "That is something I can't control."