Pistons expect Brown on bench Friday

Larry Brown will return to coach the Detroit Pistons this week
after missing 10 games, a team source told The Associated Press on

Brown will rejoin the team at practice Thursday, according to
the source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, and will be on
the bench at home Friday night against the Los Angeles Clippers.

He did not coach the Pistons on Wednesday night at home against
Sacramento, missing his 10th straight game since undergoing a
procedure related to hip surgery, which caused him to miss six
games in November.

A message seeking comment from Brown was left Wednesday on his
mobile phone.

Brown's future with the defending NBA champions became uncertain
when he openly questioned whether he'd be able to return this

"I am not going to let them go very much longer [without an
answer]," Brown told reporters Tuesday. "I want to get things
settled. My whole thing is, I don't know if I can coach and not be
healthy. I don't want to think about that. I want to see if I can
get better."

He told his players and team president Joe Dumars he planned to
spend the rest of this week recovering.

Brown opened his second season with Detroit by coaching the
Pistons to a win over Houston, then missed six games after having
surgery on his left hip Nov. 3.

"I came back too soon with the hip surgery, and I have been
dealing with some things for 4½ months that have been difficult for
me," he said Tuesday.

The Hall of Fame coach didn't have much time to enjoy his first
NBA title.

After coaching the Pistons to a surprising victory over the Los
Angeles Lakers, Brown focused his energy on getting the U.S.
basketball team ready for the Olympics. Much to his dismay, the
Americans came home with just a bronze medal.