Knicks coach Brown works out draft prospects

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Larry Brown showed up at the
New York Knicks' training center Monday to work out four prospective draft
picks, an otherwise routine coaching duty made remarkable by one
thing: that he was there at all.

In his first day on the job since reports surfaced last weekend
that owner James Dolan may buy out his contract, Brown worked
closely with team president Isiah Thomas to put the possible
draftees through their paces.

But with the media prohibited from witnessing the workouts or
talking to Brown, it was left to those players to relay the
interactions between the coach and Thomas -- who reportedly could
replace Brown if he's booted after just one season.

"I really don't know too much about it, but at the same time
they are doing a great job of hiding whatever thing is going on,"
North Carolina forward David Noel said. "So for the most part, we
just went out there and worked out and they did a great job of
working us out."

A day after the Knicks finished their 23-59 season, Brown and
Thomas said the Hall of Fame coach would be back next season. Even
if that is no longer the case, Brown -- recovered from recent
surgery -- didn't seem to act any differently Monday.

"Just by him showing up I think it shows that he still cares
for the Knicks organization," Noel said. He said the coach and
president were "definitely working as a cohesive unit" during the

Indiana forward Marco Killingsworth, Seton Hall's Kelly Whitney
and Leonardo Dos Santos of Brazil were the other players who worked

The Knicks own the 20th and 29th picks in the first round --
though not their own. They traded the rights to that pick to the
Chicago Bulls before the season in the deal for center Eddy Curry.

The Bulls will have the second-best chance of landing the No. 1
overall pick in Tuesday's draft lottery because the Knicks finished
with the NBA's second-worst record.