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Brown's role with Knicks remains unclear

NEW YORK -- The New York Knicks will begin working out draft
prospects on Monday, though it isn't clear what role -- if any --
Larry Brown will have.

Brown's status as coach of the team has been the subject of
speculation since reports surfaced over the weekend that Knicks
owner James Dolan wanted to buy out the remainder of his contract
after one season.

Brown has been recovering from recent surgery, and his first
chance to get back to work would be Monday at the team's training
center in Greenburgh, N.Y.

The Knicks announced Friday that senior forwards Bobby Jones of
Washington, David Noel of North Carolina, Kelly Whitney of Seton
Hall, and Leonardo DiPacce Dos Santos of Brazil are scheduled to
work out.

Brown's agent, Joe Glass, said Brown was healthy enough to take
part, and expected that he would.

"I assume so," Glass said. "I haven't discussed that with him
but I assume if they're going to work players out, that's where
he's going to be."

Asked if there was any reason Brown wouldn't want to attend,
Glass said, "I don't think there would be. I can't envision that
at all.''

Even if Brown is there, if appears unlikely he will speak. The
Knicks have refused comment all week on his status, but they did
say Friday that only the players will be available to the media.

The Knicks own two late first-round picks in the June draft.
They would have had the second-best chance of landing the No. 1
overall pick through the lottery because their 23-59 record was the
NBA's second worst, but they traded the rights to that pick to the
Chicago Bulls in the deal for Eddy Curry.