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Frank Slade
09-26-2006, 10:14 PM
EX-KNICK BROWN BOLTS
TO PHILLY

By MARC BERMAN


September 26, 2006 -- Former Knicks coach Larry Brown has already bolted town - and has moved his family from Greenwich, Conn., to Philadelphia, The Post has learned.
Brown, who is set to face Knicks owner James Dolan in high-stakes arbitration Friday in Manhattan, wanted his two children to return to their former school, the prestigious Episcopal Academy in Lower Merion, Pa.

But Brown's departure for his old haunt, Philly, where he coached a career-high six seasons, raises speculation he could soon join the Sixers' front office in an advisory capacity after he settles his contract with the Knicks.

Brown's best friend in the league still is Sixers GM Billy King and Brown had a very strong relationship with Philly owner Ed Snider. The Sixers are coached by Maurice Cheeks, Brown's former Sixers assistant. When Brown bolted Orlando's pre-draft camp a day early after Isiah Thomas snubbed him last June, King, on request of Brown's wife, Shelly, flew home with him on a charter.

The Knicks are withholding the $41 million left on Brown's five-year pact. Brown will ask at the hearing in Manhattan for an additional $12.5 million tacked on for "liquidated damages" and attorney's fees, or $53.5M

Ironically, Brown closed on a six-bedroom, 6 1/2 bath, four-fireplace, 12,773 square-foot Greenwich mansion on June 14, just eight days before his official firing without pay. Brown is now renting a house in Philly and likely will sell his Greenwich mansion. He still has his summer retreat in East Hampton.

"They wanted the kids back to a school where they were comfortable, where they have friends," Brown's brother, Hawks assistant Herb Brown said. "I have no idea what he's going to do. He's waiting to see what happens [in arbitration]."

Brown's children, L.J., 11, and Madison, 8, attended the exclusive Philly school founded in 1785 while Brown coached the Sixers and even during Brown's first season in Detroit.

Two weeks ago, Brown hosted his sixth annual coaching clinic in Memphis that is invitation only. Brown invited his coaching friends and some coaches who are unemployed so they can network.

"He looked great," Herb Brown said. "He was in his element and everybody appreciated he was so upbeat."

marc.berman@nypost.com

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McKeyFan
09-27-2006, 04:36 PM
I live in Philly now.

Maybe I'll run into him.