CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Stephen Jackson knew the Charlotte Bobcats were in trouble before the first practice.

Jackson entered then-coach Larry Brown's office and heard all that was wrong with the team after offseason departures of point guard Raymond Felton and center Tyson Chandler.

Jackson said Thursday that Brown told him they weren't going to be a playoff team. Jackson didn't take it well, and said Brown "lost the team."

The Bobcats quickly dropped 19 of their first 28 games before owner Michael Jordan fired Brown. Veteran Paul Silas took over and helped get Charlotte into playoff contention, but the Bobcats finished 34-48 and out of the playoffs for the sixth time in their seven seasons.

Jackson believes the Bobcats are now in good hands.