If healthy, coach wants to return to Pistons

Updated: July 3, 2005, 11:34 AM ET
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Larry Brown's agent, Joe Glass, and Pistons president of basketball operations Joe Dumars plan to speak Tuesday about the coach's future with the team, ESPN.com's Marc Stein has confirmed.

Larry Brown
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Sources close to the situation told Stein on Friday that Brown had asked the Pistons to wait until Monday to discuss his future with the team. The meeting was pushed back to Tuesday to accommodate the July 4 holiday.

The Hall of Fame coach, plagued by bladder problems stemming from hip surgery, checked into the Mayo Clinic on Wednesday morning. Sources told Stein that doctors could not give Brown, who left the hospital Friday, a definitive recovery timetable by Friday as the coach and the Pistons had hoped.

Brown has said that if doctors deem him healthy enough, he wants to return next season with the Pistons -- and insists he will not coach another NBA team.

After the Spurs dethroned the Pistons in Game 7 of the NBA Finals last week, Brown said he was at peace.

"I'm way ahead of the curve -- no matter what happens," Brown said as he walked to a locker room perhaps for the last time as a coach. "This game has given me so much that I'm one of the luckiest guys in the world."

The win over the Spurs in Game 6 was Brown's 100th in the postseason, moving him past Red Auerbach for third place on the all-time list. Last year, Brown became the first coach to win NBA and NCAA championships. He won the college title with Kansas in 1988.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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