Coach calls Knicks' post 'dream job'

Updated: January 30, 2005, 1:28 AM ET
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Could Larry Brown end up coaching the New York Knicks?

His track record of changing jobs would suggest it is more than possible.

Larry Brown
Brown

The coach of the NBA champion Detroit Pistons told the New York Post before Saturday's game with the Knicks that the New York position has always represented his "dream job" and that he "loves" New York president Isiah Thomas.

But Brown was careful not to lobby for the job in The Post interview.

"I've dreamed about it a number of times," said Brown before his Pistons were scheduled to take on the Knicks on Saturday in Madison Square Garden. "Growing up there, being a Knick fan, of course it was my dream. And I've been passed over a few times. I'm an East Coast person. Red Holzman was my hero growing up. But I'm here. These people [in Detroit] have been wonderful to me.

"I want to do my job here and move on. I don't look at myself at coaching much longer."

And Brown provided the only intrigue in an otherwise boring night of basketball at The Palace of Auburn Hills on Saturday, where the Pistons dismantled the Knicks 91-61.

Brown passed on chances to shoot down rumors about him possibly leaving the Pistons after the season to coach the Knicks both before and after the game.

The Hall of Fame coach, who has three-plus years left on his contract, didn't meet with the media before the game for the first time in his 1½ seasons with the Pistons.

Then Brown, who was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., passed on the postgame news conference, sending assistant coach Gar Heard.

"I've got the flu," Brown said in a brief interview with The Associated Press on his cell phone from his office. "Sorry, that's all I have to say."

Knicks coach Herb Williams, who replaced Lenny Wilkens last week, insisted the Brown-to-New York speculation doesn't bother him.

"I don't pay any attention to it," Williams said. "Right now, I'm the coach of the Knicks and to me, that's all that matters.

"The one thing about this league, there's always going to be speculation. I played for 18 years, I've been an assistant coach for three or four years and now I'm the head coach. It hasn't changed."

Brown has been one of the more well-traveled coaches in history, with head coaching stints at Detroit, Philadelphia, Indiana, the Los Angeles Clippers, San Antonio, New Jersey, Denver (NBA and ABA) and Carolina of the ABA, UCLA and Kansas. He also coached the 2004 U.S. Olympic men's team

Brown has put up a winning record in 27 of his 31 seasons as a head coach at the professional or college level. He has a 1,311-871 (.601) career record. He has an record of 905-703 (.563), ranking seventh all-time among NBA coaches in victories.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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