Brown’s role unclear as Knicks prepare for draft workouts


NEW YORK (AP) – The New York Knicks will begin working out draft prospects on Monday, though it isn’t clear what role – if any – Larry Brown will have.

Brown’s status as coach of the team has been the subject of speculation since reports surfaced over the weekend that Knicks owner James Dolan wanted to buy out the remainder of his contract after one season.

Brown has been recovering from recent surgery, and his first chance to get back to work would be Monday at the team’s training center in Greenburgh, N.Y.

The Knicks announced Friday that senior forwards Bobby Jones of Washington, David Noel of North Carolina, Kelly Whitney of Seton Hall, and Leonardo DiPacce Dos Santos of Brazil are scheduled to work out.

Brown’s agent, Joe Glass, said Brown was healthy enough to take part, and expected that he would.

“I assume so,” Glass said. “I haven’t discussed that with him but I assume if they’re going to work players out, that’s where he’s going to be.”

Asked if there was any reason Brown wouldn’t want to attend, Glass said, “I don’t think there would be. I can’t envision that at all.”

Even if Brown is there, if appears unlikely he will speak. The Knicks have refused comment all week on his status, but they did say Friday that only the players will be available to the media.

The Knicks own two late first-round picks in the June draft. They would have had the second-best chance of landing the No. 1 overall pick through the lottery because their 23-59 record was the NBA’s second-worst, but they traded the rights to that pick to the Chicago Bulls in the deal for Eddy Curry.