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McMillan Takes Leave of Absence

Tuesday, February 1, 2005; Page D06

SuperSonics Coach Nate McMillan will be away from the team indefinitely after the death of his mother, team officials said.

Associate head coach Dwane Casey will coach the team in McMillan's absence.

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McMillan missed practice Sunday to fly to his mother's home in Raleigh, N.C. Jeanette Tyson, 62, died Sunday.

It is the second time this month McMillan has left the team to contend with family issues. On Jan. 13, McMillan missed a game against the Clippers to attend the funeral of an aunt.

The SuperSonics hosted the Spurs last night and play in Sacramento today.

STAYING PUT: Larry Brown wants to remain with the Pistons through the end of his coaching career, the Detroit Free Press reported yesterday.

Speculation that Brown was thinking about leaving the Pistons at the end of the season and taking over the Knicks began Friday, when he was quoted in a New York newspaper as saying that the Knicks' job was one he had "dreamed about many times."

But Brown said there was more to it than that.

"I told him what I'm telling you," Brown told the Free Press. "Did I say it was my dream job? Yes, I told him it once was. But they passed me over twice. I grew up in New York. I talked to the guy about that. I talked to him about Red Holzman. . . . I've never been smart enough to say 'no comment.' "

Brown has three-plus years left on his five-year, $25 million contract.

"I told the guy I'm going to coach in Detroit and this is going to be my last coaching job," Brown said.

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