Wednesday , Jul , 13 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Report: Brown’s future with Pistons still uncertain

Detroit, MI (Sports Network) – Detroit Pistons coach Larry Brown met with
general manager Joe Dumars and owner Bill Davidson on Wednesday, but the
encounter failed to shed any new light on the Hall of Fame coach’s future with
the team.

According to the Detroit News, the two sides called the meeting “fruitful and
productive” despite the lack of any solid agreement. No specifics of the
encounter were revealed in the report, but both parties agreed to continue
talking over the telephone.

Brown, 64, signed a five-year, $25 million contract with the Pistons two years
ago. Detroit won the NBA Championship in 2004 and lost the Finals in seven
games to San Antonio this season. But there have been rumors Brown will take a
front office job with Cleveland next season, and there were rumors earlier in
the year that he would leave Detroit to coach the New York Knicks or the Los
Angeles Lakers.

Brown has insisted that if he is healthy enough to keep coaching, he will
remain on the sidelines with the Pistons. Following the NBA Finals defeat,
Brown checked himself into a hospital for two days because of complications
from November hip surgery.

The vagabond Brown has burned bridges all across the country by leaving teams
before his contract expired. He has had coaching stints with the
Philadelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets, Indiana Pacers, Spurs, Los Angeles
Clippers, New Jersey Nets and ABA’s Carolina Cougars. He was the head coach
at UCLA and the University of Kansas, where he won the National
Championship with the Jayhawks in 1988.

DET