Brown won’t coach today in Detroit

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NEW YORK (AP) – Larry Brown did not travel to Detroit on Saturday and will not coach the Knicks today when they play the Pistons.

Brown was hospitalized Thursday night in Cleveland with a stomach ailment after becoming ill during the Knicks’ 91-87 loss to the Cavaliers. He returned home Friday, but assistant coach Herb Williams ran the team in a 97-80 loss to Milwaukee.

Brown will miss a chance to coach in Detroit, where he spent the two previous seasons, winning a title in 2004, before joining the Knicks last summer. He got a mixed reception when the Knicks played at the Palace of Auburn Hills in December.

It is not known if Brown will coach the final two games of the regular season, Monday at home against Charlotte or at New Jersey on Wednesday. The Knicks are 22-57, the worst record in the Eastern Conference.

The 65-year-old Brown missed a game for the first time this season Friday. He also was hospitalized in Memphis in February because of a pain in his chest, but returned before the next game.

While coaching the Pistons last season, he missed 17 games after having a hip replaced. That operation led to a bladder problem that required surgery in November. Brown needs more surgery for the bladder problem, but he’s putting that off until after the season.

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