Don't feel bad for Brown. According an interview in The New York Times, Brown called for a roster overhaul. Due to large contracts that made the players untradable, Brown proposed cutting several players including Stephon Marbury, Steve Francis, Jerome James, Jalen Rose and Maurice Taylor. He said, "that Larry never intended to coach this team beyond this season. According to Dolan, Brown tried to negotiate trades without authorization, violated company policies in using the news media to criticize players and repeatedly defied orders to cease that behavior. Dolan cited two instances in which Thomas proposed a trade, only to be told by another general manager, "That's great, but I got a better offer from your coach."
"We couldn't get Larry to focus on his job," Dolan said. "Larry wanted to focus on Isiah's job."