Coach Larry Brown was in his office at The Palace at 2 p.m. Saturday. Sometime after 5 p.m., he addressed the team for the first time since his surgery March 14.
Right before 6 p.m., he left the building and went home, missing his eighth straight game. He is likely to miss a few more.
"Not for a while," is what Brown said when asked when he might coach again. That is not exactly what the Pistons had hoped to hear after losing three straight games.
But Brown told the Pistons he was still having post-surgery complications and needed extra time to make sure he was fit to coach.
Apparently, Brown told the team he would need at least another week, meaning he is likely to miss home games this week against Dallas (Monday), Sacramento (Wednesday) and the Clippers (Friday). He probably won't be able to fly to Toronto, either, for an April 3 game. So, the best bet for his return is an April 6 home game against Washington.
You more than anyone!"We want him to take his time and take care of his business," Ben Wallace said Saturday before the Pistons' 105-99 overtime victory over the Celtics.
"He's got a lot going on. What we need to do more than anything, no matter who we've got on the sidelines, is get back to playing the game the way we know how to play."
The Pistons are 8-7 without Brown this season, after snapping a three-game slide on Saturday. Wallace said the problem is with the players, not with the coaches.
"We don't really need anybody to come out and tell us how to play," Wallace said. "You can shout orders from the sideline all you want to, but if we don't make up our minds to play the way we know we have to play, it won't matter.
"We have to get back to taking care of our business. Coaches put the guys in the game, but players ultimately decide the game."