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NBA Knicks job may prove irresistible to Brown



Published: Sat, July 23, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



But, first he wants to be completely at peace with his decision.

NEW YORK (AP) -- Larry Brown's children were running around their house wearing Knicks gear sent by Isiah Thomas while their 64-year-old unemployed father was preparing to take another look at the pros-and-cons list he and his wife had assembled the night before.

Brown was spending the weekend contemplating whether to become the coach of the New York Knicks, and in a lengthy interview Saturday with The Associated Press he left a strong impression that he was leaning toward taking the job.

"How many opportunities like this present themselves? My family is here, my older kids have family here, I have an opportunity to work with someone in Isiah who's a special friend and a super person. There's a lot of real positive things," Brown said.

The next step could come as soon as Monday when Brown meets with interim Knicks coach Herb Williams, who has spent the spring and summer waiting to learn whether it will be himself, Brown or Phil Jackson coaching the Knicks when training camp opens.

A formal job offer would likely come after Brown meets with owner James Dolan and Madison Square Garden president Steve Mills, and his entire job-switching process could be completed in a matter of 9-10 days.

Peace required

First, though, Brown wants to be completely at peace with his decision.

And that will not come until he speaks further with his wife, Shelly, to make sure she fully concurs with a career choice that would thrust her husband back into the coaching grind that his doctors have warned him might not mesh with his health problems.

"I've got to get Shelly and the kids onboard and see what's in everybody's best interest," Brown said. "Isiah being there is such a plus, and Shelly has always said it would be great to bring up the kids in the East. But I don't know. The last 21/2 weeks have been so tough."

Brown spent Saturday morning playing golf in a country club match play tournament. He has been sailing in the waters off Long Island and spending quality time with his two young children, T.J. and Madison, while trying to get past the feelings of rejection and betrayal that accompanied his acrimonious departure from the Detroit Pistons earlier in the week.

Brown sounded as miffed about the circumstances of his own departure as he was with the dismissal of his secretary, video coordinator and assistant coaches, but he also finds himself realizing that the hurt will have long since worn off six months from now.

"I really did have two fabulous years, and whatever happened afterward happened. I'm OK that way, it's just that you don't like to feel like you're a failure and you don't like your kids to hear you were 'let go,' " Brown said. "Moving kids across the country is tough, and I want to make sure we don't ever have to do that again."




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