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Thursday, June 29, 2006
Reports: Brown files grievance against Knicks

Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Former New York Knicks coach Larry Brown filed a grievance with the NBA against the team, saying New York owes him the remainder of his salary after firing him, according to published reports Thursday.

Brown, who says the Knicks should pay him $40 million, filed the grievance Wednesday, the New York Daily News and New York Post reported. The Knicks, who fired the coach after one season, claim they're not obligated to pay the full amount because Brown violated terms of his contract.

The Knicks contend Brown broke Madison Square Garden policy with his roadside interviews, a decision the team believes could save them millions.

Brown's contract had a clause that designates NBA commissioner David Stern as the arbitrator in any financial dispute he has with the Knicks.

"I've been requested by both sides to help arbitrate," Stern told the New York Post. "I don't think there's any timetable to what we're doing."

In Brown's lone season in New York, the Knicks stumbled to a 23-59 record -- second worst in the NBA and matching the most losses in club history. But Brown's public feud with Stephon Marbury and criticism of other players may have angered owner James Dolan more than the losing.