As the Larry Brown coaching saga turns: Philadelphia will talk to him, Charlotte plans for change

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This is starting to make federal financial reform look simple.

The latest in the Larry Brown coaching saga is that the Philadelphia 76ers do want to talk to him, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. But only about being their coach, nothing more.

The 76ers are poised to contact Larry Brown about their coaching vacancy, but they apparently have little interest in offering Brown a front-office position overseeing player personnel decisions, an NBA source with knowledge of the Sixers’ thinking said on Tuesday.

“I’m not coaching for anybody but Michael,” Brown said after Monday night’s loss. When asked if he’d take an executive job, Brown left himself wiggle room, saying: “That’s hypothetical.”

Brown said he was going to return to Philadelphia and hunker down with his family. “I’m going to figure it out,” he said.

It’s family that complicates this. Brown’s wife and 15-year-old son live in Philly. While the family of any NBA coach is shortchanged, not living in the same city as them makes things especially hard. Throw in Brown’s notorious wanderlust for new coaching gigs, and you have yourself a situation. But Brown wants power beyond just what comes with the coach’s chair.

So it’s complicated. And nobody has any idea what Brown will do.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo, Charlotte thinks he is going to choose family and cheese steaks.

Charlotte considers the chances of Brown staying as “minimal at this point,” one league source said. “They’re proceeding like they’ll be looking for a new coach.”

The better coaching job with the better team in Charlotte, or more time with the family in Philly?  Like we said, it’s complicated. And Brown is unpredictable.

Let the roller coaster ride start.

Hezonja throws down one-handed dunk in preseason debut

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Mario Hezonja, the No. 5 pick in this year’s draft, has never lacked for confidence. The Croatian guard made his pro debut in the Magic’s preseason game against the Hornets on Saturday and did this:

Between Hezonja, Elfrid Payton, Victor Oladipo and Aaron Gordon, the Magic have a nucleus of young players that has the potential to be a lot of fun. Even if they’re still a few years away from contending, they’re definitely going to be a League Pass favorite this year.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist suffers dislocated shoulder in preseason game

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Preseason is only just getting underway and there’s already a potentially serious injury to report. In the game between the Hornets and Magic on Saturday night, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was taken to the locker room after suffering a right shoulder injury. The Hornets announced that he was then taken to an Orlando-area hospital for follow-up x-rays:

A few hours after the game, the Hornets announced that Kidd-Gilchrist has a dislocated shoulder:

Depending on the severity of the injury, he could miss a few weeks or a few months. Hopefully, it’s the shorter end of that timeline. We should know more on Sunday.