Given Brown's performance, his health concerns and Detroit's success, you'd think a bright media member or two might leave Dumars' hip pocket and question why the Pistons aren't smothering Brown with the kind of love and support the Rockets gave Rudy T when he fought bladder cancer or the Mavericks gave Don Nelson when he battled prostate cancer. Rudy and Don left their jobs and returned.

I realize Brown hasn't been the most loyal coach, so he makes it difficult for an organization to show him loyalty. But sports, particularly professional sports, are all about results. Brown's results should buy him loyalty. The Pistons are not going to find a better coach.

Dumars should sit down with Brown over the weekend, raise his salary from $6 million to $8 million, promise him five to six months to get healthy and elicit a promise from Brown to play Milicic next season. If Brown turns down that offer, then at least Dumars and Davidson will know they did everything possible to win a championship in 2006.

Jason Whitlock is a regular columnist for The Kansas City Star. His newspaper is celebrating his 10 years as a columnist with the publishing of Jason's first book, "Love Him, Hate Him: 10 Years of Sports, Passion and Kansas City." It's a collection of Jason's most memorable, thought-provoking and funny columns over the past decade. You can purchase the book at TheKansasCityStore.com. Jason can be reached by e-mail at ballstate68@aol.com.



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