|07-18-2005, 04:58 PM||#1|
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Larry Brown out as Pistons coach
Contract had three years, $18 million leftESPN.com
Pistons coach maintains health is the main issue
After back-to-back trips to the NBA Finals under Larry Brown, the Detroit Pistons will have a new coach next season. Pistons president Joe Dumars told ESPN that the team and Brown are in ongoing talks for a buyout of Brown's contract, which has three years left at an estimated $18 million.
Dumars added that Brown's staff has been told that the talks are ongoing. No one has been fired or dismissed.
There was no immediate word whether the buyout would contain any stipulations that would prevent Brown from coaching another team for this upcoming season.
Dumars added that ex-Minnesota coach Flip Saunders, who turned down a lucrative offer from Milwaukee while waiting for the months-long Brown saga to reach a climax, is the leading candidate to replace Brown in Detroit but has yet to interview with the Pistons.
Brown said as recently as Friday that he was "confident" about returning to the Pistons next season, having overcome season-long speculation about new jobs to lead Detroit to within one victory of back-to-back championships.
Yet Brown, according to sources, could not guarantee that his health would hold up for a full season, which Pistons owner Bill Davidson had made a prerequisite for the 64-year-old's return.
It was not immediately known if the buyout arrangement would be finalized Monday.
It also remains to be seen whether Brown will take some time away from the NBA, stay with the Pistons in some capacity, or immediately pursue a coaching position with New York Knicks or a front-office position with the Cleveland Cavaliers. New York president Isiah Thomas has held off on making Herb Williams his full-time head coach in the event that Brown becomes available.
|07-18-2005, 05:00 PM||#2|
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it will be interesting to see how well the Pistons do without him next year.
He got what he wanted though and I am happy. He should have not talked to the Cavs during the playoffs.
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