Wednesday , Jul , 27 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Brown to be introduced as Knicks head coach Thursday

New York, NY (Sports Network) – The New York Knicks have called a news
conference for noon (et) on Thursday, at which time it is expected that
Hall of Famer Larry Brown will be introduced as their new head coach.

Several reports indicated both sides were negotiating on a five-year contract
worth between $50 million to $60 million.

Brown met with Knicks president of basketball operations, Isiah Thomas,
last Thursday and then met with interim head coach Herb Williams on Monday.

Now he’s set to become the 22nd coach in franchise history.

It was last week that Brown was relieved of his duties as head coach of the
Pistons, as he was two years into a five-year, $25 million contract with

The 64-year-old Brown would return to his roots to coach. Brown, who was
inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2002, was born in Brooklyn on
September 14, 1940.

The Pistons and Brown worked out their contract squabble last week, freeing
him to get another head coaching job without limitations. He guided Detroit to
the NBA Championship in 2004 and lost the Finals in seven games to San Antonio
this past season.

Brown had insisted that if he is healthy enough to keep coaching, he would
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.

A three-time ABA Coach of the Year and the 2001 NBA Coach of the Year while
with the 76ers, Brown joined the Pistons after spending six seasons with
Philadelphia. His basketball resume includes 33 years of coaching at the
collegiate or professional level. He has also had coaching stints with the
Denver Nuggets, Indiana Pacers, Spurs, Los Angeles Clippers, New Jersey Nets
and the 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.

In his NBA career, Brown has compiled a 987-741 record and has 100 postseason

He has had only three losing seasons as a head coach (1988-89 Spurs, 1996-97,
Indiana, 1997-98 Philadelphia).

Brown would have a big job ahead of him in New York, as the Knicks went 33-49
this past season. They haven’t won a playoff series since 1999-2000 and were
last NBA champs in 1972-73.