Brown may play bigger role with Sixers

PHILADELPHIA -- Larry Brown may be back with the 76ers now
that Allen Iverson is gone.

Already acting as an unofficial adviser to the Philadelphia
76ers and team president Billy King, Brown could formally return to
the organization he led to the 2001 NBA Finals.

"We will certainly continue to talk, but at this point, we are
not sure if anything official will come of it," King said in an
e-mail to The Associated Press on Wednesday night.

Brown's agent, Joe Glass, indicated in a brief interview that
Brown could return to Philadelphia. The Knicks fired Brown in June
after he went 23-59 in his only season in New York.

"However it's going to be characterized will come out in the
next couple of days," Glass said.

Glass was vague on what kind of announcement should be expected.

"I'd much rather have it come out of the Sixers office," Glass
said, ending a brief phone interview with the AP on Wednesday

Brown, who had a contentious relationship with Iverson during
his six seasons as Philly's coach, moved back to the area after he
was fired by the Knicks. King consulted with Brown on the Iverson
trade, which ended with the former MVP dealt to Denver on Tuesday.

"I will still be talking to Larry. Beyond that, I am not
sure," King said before the 76ers' game against Indiana on
Wednesday night.

Brown has been King's mentor since he hired him as an assistant
coach in Indiana. When Brown came to Philadelphia in 1997, he
brought King with him as vice president of basketball
administration. King was named team president after Brown resigned
in 2003.

"Larry is a great friend and tremendous asset who I have talked
to numerous times during the season," King said.

While Brown has stayed behind the scenes in Philadelphia, he's
visited some Sixers practices this season and attended a game
against Miami. He also is still friends with team chairman Ed

"It's strictly up to Billy King. I'd welcome him if Billy
decided he wanted him," Snider said at halftime Wednesday night.
"He's a basketball man. He's also a coach, but he has a tremendous
basketball mind."

A Hall of Famer and one of basketball's most well-traveled
coaches, Brown's job with the 76ers was his longest tenure with any
team in his 34-year coaching career. He took the job at Detroit and
led the Pistons to an NBA title in the first of his two seasons
there before bolting for one disastrous year in New York.

Brown criticized players through the media and talked to the
press without a public relations official present, both violating Madison Square Garden chairman James Dolan's policies. Also, the Knicks said Brown undermined team
president Isiah Thomas by making trade offers to other teams, which
he wasn't authorized to do.

The Knicks withheld the remainder of Brown's contract, which had
four years and more than $40 million remaining, saying they fired
Brown for cause. The dispute went before commissioner David Stern,
but the sides agreed to a compromise in October before Stern's
ruling, in which Brown got $18.5 million and both sides were freed
of any future obligations to each other.

Sixers coach Maurice Cheeks said he would welcome Brown's input.

"I've never had a problem with Larry Brown being around," he