NEW YORK -- Coaching the New York Knicks made Larry Brown
feel like he was being watched.
Brown accused the Knicks of having "spies throughout the
arena" during his one season with the team in a story in the
February issue of "Philadelphia" magazine.
Brown also complained about the way he was treated by the
"Imagine when you get to work, they don't talk to you," he
said. "They had security people standing close to me in press
conferences, and spies throughout the arena."
Brown coached the Knicks to a 23-59 record during the 2005-06
season, one of the worst in franchise history. But his firing had
more to do with his refusal to follow Madison Square Garden's
strict media policies than his poor won-loss record.
Brown publicly criticized his players, especially Stephon Marbury, and gave roadside interviews to the team's beat writers
after the season. Garden policy requires a coach talking to the
media to have a public relations official present.
Because he violated the policies, MSG chairman James Dolan
refused to pay the remaining four years and about $40 million that
remained on Brown's contract. Instead, they settled for $18.5
million after hearings with NBA commissioner David Stern.
Madison Square Garden declined to comment on Brown's claims.
Brown has since returned to Philadelphia, serving as an
executive vice president with the 76ers. He led the Sixers to the
NBA finals in 2001.
He said he had no interest in replacing current coach Maurice
Cheeks because he "could never stab Mo in the back like that."
"I still want to coach," Brown said. "I don't want to coach
here. I don't want it to end the way it did in New York. I don't
wish that on anybody."