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July, 20, 2005
07/20/05
2:11
PM ET
Brown Out!
For 99 percent of the coaches out there, it makes no sense: leaving a two-time NBA finalist to coach a floundering, capped-out, chemistry-challenged squad like the Knicks. But for Larry Brown, master teacher, it makes perfect sense.

A friend of Brown's who has spent time coaching with him recently told me that "in all honesty" it's not about championships with Brown. Sure, he likes winning titles and that's a goal, but ultimately his greatest ambition is to get whatever team he is coaching to maximize its potential. If that's a championship, great. If it's 47 wins and out in the second round, that's great too.

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