Brown falls ill during game, leaves arena on stretcher

CLEVELAND -- New York Knicks coach Larry Brown was to be
hospitalized overnight after becoming ill in the third quarter of
Thursday night's game against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The 65-year-old Brown, whose had health issues in recent years,
was taken from Quicken Loans Arena on a stretcher following New
York's 91-87 loss. He appeared alert and was sitting upright with
oxygen tubes in his nose as he was wheeled out to an emergency
vehicle. Brown was pale but appeared alert and he was sitting
upright with oxygen tubes in his nose as he was wheeled to an
emergency vehicle.

Brown didn't say anything while being taken to an undisclosed
hospital. The Knicks flew back to New York.

Knicks spokesman Jonathan Supranowitz said Brown was examined by
Cavaliers team doctors and a Knicks physician after leaving the
bench. Brown's vital signs were "stable," but because his
symptoms came on so quickly, doctors felt it was best that he be
admimtted to the hospital for further tests and observation.

Supranowitz said Brown had an upset stomach.

"All Larry told me to tell you was that, 'I'm fine,' "
Supranowitz said.

The Knicks play at home Friday night against Milwaukee, but it
is not known if Brown will be on the sideline.

As Brown was being attended to by medical staff in a room down
the hallway from the Knicks locker room, assistant coach Herb
Williams and other staff members went in to check on him. Cavaliers
general manager Danny Ferry and coach Mike Brown also stopped by.

Before the game, Brown was his usual self. He held court with
reporters in the corridor and had a brief chat with injured Cavs
superstar LeBron James, whom Brown coached on the U.S. team in the
2002 Olympics.

Brown has had a tumultuous first season with the Knicks. He has
publicly criticized his players and squabbled with star guard
Stephon Marbury. The injuries have piled up as high as the losses
for the Knicks, who dropped to 22-56 after blowing a nine-point
fourth quarter lead to the Cavaliers.

In February, Brown was taken to a Memphis hospital with chest
pains but didn't miss any games.

While coaching the Detroit Pistons last season, Brown 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

The fourth-winningest coach in NBA history and a Hall of Famer,
Brown's coaching career has included stops across the basketball

He began in the ABA with the Carolina Cougars and later went to
the Denver Nuggets before coaching at UCLA and Kansas, where he won
an NCAA title in 1988. Brown's NBA odyssey has included stays in
Denver, New Jersey, San Antonio, the Los Angeles Clippers, Indiana,
Philadelphia and Detroit.

Brown took the Pistons to the NBA championship in 2003-04.

Brown's health issues had him thinking about not coaching after
last season. But the New York native couldn't pass up a chance to
the Knicks, who named him their 22nd coach on July 27.