With the New York Daily News’ Frank Isola reporting on the likely buyout talks between the Knicks and Larry Brown, Newsday’s Jon Heyman has the much-travelled coach’s new gig already lined up.
Although speculation has centered on Sacramento, which has an opening for a coach, a person close to Brown told Newsday that Golden State is more likely to be the well-traveled Brown’s next employer. The Warriors are owned by Brown’s neighbor, Chris Cohan, who resides less than one-tenth of a mile from Brown in East Hampton.
Things appear headed for a repeat of last year’s severance scenario, whereby the Pistons bought out about half the $14 million left on Brown’s contract. However, Brown and agent Joe Glass are so proficient at this severance game by now, Brown could actually profit after a 23-59 record in his one and only Knicks season.
Top Golden State executive Chris Mullin said April 17 that Mike Montgomery will return as coach after their league-worst 12th straight playoff-less season. But that was before there was any serious indication that Brown’s Knicks bosses wanted the Hall of Fame coach out.
If you’re into keeping track of such things, when and if Brown leaves New York, Stephon Marbury will soon be under the supervision of his 11th coach in as many years.