Jordan Fires Brown as Bobcats Coach

Larry-BrownMichael Jordan has seen enough of the Charlotte Bobcats‘ misery, firing coach Larry Brown on Wednesday in a bid to change the fortune of the club going into the new year and the second half of the current NBA season.

Jordan announced Brown’s exit in a news release a day after the Bobcats lost their fourth straight and dropped to 9-19 for the season. Paul Silas—who previously coached the Cleveland Cavaliers, Charlotte Hornets, and San Diego Clippers—will take over the Bobcats, who made the playoffs for the first time last season. Brown, who was under contract until the end of the 2011-2012 season, had previously complained about the lack of fire power of the current Bobcats roster, which lost starting point guard Raymond Felton and center Tyson Chandler during the off season.

Jordan said the decision to let go of Brown, the only one so far to win NCAA and NBA titles as a coach, was difficult. “This was a difficult decision for both of us, but one that needed to be made,” Jordan said.