Larry Brown Might Be The Right Coach For Tyrus Thomas
Tyrus Thomas has been cast with the reputation as a talented but surly player who never fully reached his potential as a member of the Chicago Bulls.
Fair or not, that's why Thomas was shipped to the Bobcats for less than market value for a guy who is one of the better per-minute rebounders and shot-blockers in the league.
In Charlotte, he'll be playing for an old-school coach in Larry Brown who doesn't typically show patience to young players or guys whose effort can be questioned at times. But surprisingly, Thomas is excited to play for Brown:
"I’ve been with Lindsey (Hunter) the past year-and-a-half and I was with Big Ben (Wallace) my first year-and-a-half. All Ben talks about is L.B. this and L.B. that, and all Lindsey talks about is L.B. this and L.B. that, so I feel I’ve got a good background, but I’ve still got to get the first-hand (experience). I’m already ready for what’s to come."
Brown has dealt with moody players — Allen Iverson and Rasheed Wallace come to mind — successfully before. And Thomas, unlike young players like Tim Thomas, Larry Hughes, D.J. Augustin and others, doesn't do something those others had a tendency to do: jack up bad shots.
As long as Thomas rebounds, blocks shots and takes shots around the basket, he's going to play a lot in Charlotte. And in all honesty, Brown probably prefers having a dirty-work guy who has a bit of an attitude.