Meeting could decide future of Brown, Pistons

Updated: July 11, 2005, 10:07 PM ET
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ESPN the Magazine's Ric Bucher has learned that Larry Brown, Detroit Pistons owner Bill Davidson and GM Joe Dumars are planning to meet on Wednesday to discuss and potentially decide whether Brown will return to coach the team next season.

Sources have told Bucher that Davidson -- who has been somewhat put off by Brown's dalliances with the New York Knicks' and Los Angeles Lakers' head-coaching jobs recently -- wants a decision this week about whether Brown will continue to be the Pistons' coach.

The 64-year-old Brown has three years remaining on his five-year contract but has said that health concerns might cause him to retire as a head coach.

After Brown's agent and the Pistons talked about his future last week, the Hall of Fame coach insisted nothing had changed from his perspective.

"I just want to get well and coach the Pistons," Brown told The Associated Press last Wednesday. "I've been saying that for a long time, but nobody seems to believe me. I don't know what else I can say."

Brown was hospitalized for two days to address a medical problem that developed from complications following hip surgery in November and didn't go away after a second procedure in March.

The 64-year-old Brown has said if doctors deem him healthy enough, he wants to return next season to Detroit -- and insists he will not coach another NBA team.

He declined to say whether he wanted to continue coaching if he still had the medical problem he had throughout much of last season.

"The doctors told me to get some rest, so that's what I'm trying to do out here with my family," Brown said in a telephone interview from his vacation home in New York. "I've been approaching this like I'll be back because I love the guys and the organization.

"I've been looking at free agency, and I'm really excited about our draft. I think the young kid, Amir Johnson, could be special."

Last year, Brown became the first coach to win NBA and NCAA championships. He won the college title with Kansas in 1988.

The Pistons came up short in their bid to repeat this year, losing to San Antonio in Game 7 of the NBA Finals last month.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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