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Knicks GM Thomas has already phoned Brown

NEW YORK -- Larry Brown's agent said Wednesday he expects
the unemployed coach to make a decision on his future in the next
couple of weeks, and the New York Knicks are already hard at work
trying to persuade the 64-year-old nomad to settle down at Madison
Square Garden.

Knicks president Isiah Thomas spoke to Brown on the telephone
Tuesday night, just hours after the Detroit Pistons announced they
were parting ways with the coach who led them to the NBA Finals in each of the past two seasons.

A team official told ESPN the two were meeting Thursday in the Hamptons, where Brown is on vacation.

"They talked last night and agreed to meet in person in the
next few days," Knicks spokesman Joe Favorito said Wednesday. The New York Daily News reported Wednesday that the Knicks were prepared to offer Brown as much as $60 million over five years.

"It's too soon to have any discussions along those lines. The
ink hasn't even dried yet [on his severance package from the
Pistons]," said Brown's longtime agent, Joe Glass. "I'm hoping
he'll take advantage of the time off, relax, refresh and
revitalize."

The Knicks' pursuit of Brown will result in a longer period of
limbo for interim coach Herb Williams, who guided the team over the final 43 games of the 2004-05 season after Lenny Wilkens was fired.
Williams' head coaching contract expires July 31, though he remains
under contract to the Knicks as an assistant coach for the upcoming
season.

If Brown decides to turn down the Knicks, or if he chooses to
wait a few months before deciding his next move, all indications
point to the Knicks retaining Williams for the upcoming season.
Williams, through a team spokesman, declined comment. Brown did
not immediately return a call to his summer home in East Hampton,
N.Y.
In the past, Brown has publicly endorsed Williams for the
Knicks' head coaching job, and in comments to New York reporters on
Tuesday night he sounded uneasy with the prospect of possibly
replacing Williams.
But Thomas has already made it clear who he would prefer to have
at the helm, and it's a safe bet that the Knicks would find a place
in the organization for Williams, one of their most loyal and
longest tenured employees.
"It's early, and there are a lot of things that can happen,"
Glass said. "A lot of people are concentrating on Isiah and the
Knicks, and I wouldn't want to be in [Brown's] shoes, answering
'Where are you going now?"'
"Things take their natural course, and we'll see where this
goes."
Throughout the season and the playoffs, Brown insisted he wanted
to return to the Pistons if doctors deemed him healthy enough. He
underwent two major surgical procedures during the season, then had
a third procedure to address a bladder condition shortly after the
Pistons lost to San Antonio in Game 7 of the NBA Finals.
All along, Brown said he wouldn't want to lead another NBA team
from the sideline. But Brown also told the New York Post in the
middle of last season that coaching the Knicks would be a "dream
job."
With his departure from Detroit now finalized, that dream could
be a lot closer to becoming reality. The next step will likely come
after Thomas and Brown have their face-to-face meeting.
"I don't think it'll be a couple of months," Glass said. "I
think it'll be a couple of weeks. It certainly won't be couple of
days."