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Brown's situation still unclear as Pistons wait



Published: Fri, July 1, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



Doctors couldn't give him a definite timetable for his problems.

KNIGHT RIDDER NEWSPAPERS

DETROIT -- Larry Brown's visit to the Mayo Clinic hasn't cleared up his future with the Pistons.

Doctors apparently could not give Brown a definite timetable for alleviating his bladder problem, which developed after hip surgery early this past season.

Joe Dumars, the Pistons' president of basketball operations, and Joel Glass, Brown's agent, have scheduled an appointment for Monday to further discuss Brown's status.

Dumars was out of town Friday and unavailable for comment. It was Glass, not Brown, who called Dumars on Friday with the latest medical update.

Brown, 64, has said repeatedly that if he couldn't find a solution to his bladder problem, which caused discomfort while traveling and sitting on the bench, he did not want to return as Pistons coach. Dumars has said repeatedly that if Brown wanted to coach, he would be the Pistons' coach.

Appears to be winding down

The behind-the-scenes maneuvering, however, is much less cut and dried. And it's why many observers think Brown's outstanding two-year run in Detroit is winding down. Among the issues:

Do the Pistons want Brown -- and his accompanying drama -- to return?

Does Brown want to return, even if his health allows?

Are the sides ready to work on a buyout of the last three years of Brown's contract?

What are Brown's options if he leaves? Coach of the Knicks? Consultant for the Cavaliers?

Do the Pistons have a successor in line--or at least in mind? Flip Saunders? Nate McMillan?

How much longer can the Pistons wait before resolving the Brown situation?

Brown missed 17 games this season because of two surgeries: first, to repair his artificial hip; second, because his bladder had swollen to four times its normal size.




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