Brown not interested in coaching the Sixers


Published: Tuesday, January 9, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 9, 2007 at 12:00 a.m.

PHILADELPHIA — Larry Brown wants his grade-school kids to unpack their suitcases, get used to one house and graduate from a suburban Philadelphia school district.

Brown's had it with moving his family. He's enjoyed dropping his two children off at school and picking them up later in the day. The Brown family even went on their first Christmas vacation.

Six months of free time, though, was enough for Brown. And now he's back with the 76ers as an executive vice president, six years after leading them to the NBA Finals.

While his return sparked speculation he might eventually return to the bench, Brown said Monday he wants to help the fallen franchise only in his new role and has no immediate plans to coach again.

"At this moment, no," he said. "I didn't come here to be involved in the coaching. After last year, I think I need to step away from coaching for a while, and I'm 66. I don't know if that's what I'm looking to do."

BUCKS

Michael Redd learned that he'll miss four-to-six weeks because of an injured left knee.

Redd, the NBA's fifth-leading scorer at 27.7 points per game, was hurt when he went up for a dunk with 14 seconds left in the Bucks' 95-86 loss to Cleveland on Friday night. He strained his patellar tendon, which connects the kneecap to the shin bone.

The severity of the injury took the Bucks by surprise.

"We didn't think it was serious at all," point guard Mo Williams said before the Bucks' game at Denver on Monday night. "We thought it was a couple of games maybe. A game or two, rest it. We didn't think it was this serious."

CLIPPERS 100, HORNETS 90

Sam Cassell scored 31 points, Cuttino Mobley added 20 and the Clippers started to look healthy again in a win against host New Orleans.

Playing for the first time in three weeks, Cassell scored 10 points during the Clippers' decisive 17-3 fourth-quarter surge, including a 3-pointer that gave Los Angeles the lead for good at 79-77 with 9:12 to play. He sandwiched another 3-pointer between two jumpers, and Mobley added a jumper for a 91-80 Clippers lead.

Desmond Mason led New Orleans with 28 points for the second straight game.

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