Brown denies accepting Cavs position


Published: Wednesday, June 1, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, June 1, 2005 at 12:38 a.m.
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - Larry Brown was defensive, testy and defiant Tuesday in reacting to a report that he already had agreed to become president of the Cleveland Cavaliers, sticking with his story that he wants to keep coaching.
ESPN.com, quoting two anonymous league sources, said Brown decided to accept a front-office position with Cleveland. Brown maintains he wants to address a health issue after the Detroit Pistons' season ends before deciding what his next career move will be.
''Why should I worry about Plan B when I'm worried about being healthy?'' Brown said. ''Why should I ever be thinking about that? I want to coach here. I want to coach. This is what I've done my whole life. I love this team. I think I've said that 100 times. No one wants to write that.''
Brown is known to have met with Cavaliers officials after the Pistons gave them permission to speak to him nearly a month ago.
Brown has three years remaining on a five-year contract, but the Pistons have made it clear they would not stand in Brown's way if he wants to secure a position with another club in case his health prevents him from coaching.
Cleveland already has decided to hire Indiana assistant coach Mike Brown as its new head coach, and there have been several reports indicating Milt Newton of the Washington Wizards, who played for Brown at Kansas, is the front-runner for the Cavs' general manager position.
''We will know more this week,'' Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert said in an e-mail.
Brown said he had not spoken to his players about the reports regarding his future that have circulated over the past several days.
''All my players ever ask is how I'm feeling,'' Brown said. ''They know I want to coach, that's what I do. Could you imagine me not coaching?''
Brown went on to lecture the media about diverting attention away from the Pistons-Heat series.
''Now I heard there was 'two league sources,''' Brown said of the ESPN report. ''Who are the league sources? Why would somebody write that instead of being up front and saying who it is? Why would you do that?
''Don't just come out and throw things,'' Brown said. ''That's not fair."
Brown has changed jobs several times throughout a 33-year coaching career. He has been with the Pistons for two seasons after spending six years in Philadelphia and four in Indiana.
The 64-year-old also coached the Los Angeles Clippers, San Antonio Spurs, New Jersey Nets and Denver Nuggets in the NBA and the Carolina Cougars in the ABA and spent seven years coaching college basketball - five at Kansas and two at UCLA.
Earlier this season, there were reports that the New York Knicks, Los Angeles Lakers and Denver Nuggets were interested in hiring Brown if he decided to leave Detroit.
''I said it when the New York and L.A. and other rumors came up: I want to coach here,'' Brown said. ''This is where I want to be when the season is over. I've got to get checked up, and hopefully I'll be able to continue coaching. That's it. I have no other agenda at all.''

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