Knicks Coach Brown Is Hospitalized

Friday, April 14, 2006

New York Knicks Coach Larry Brown was wheeled out of Quicken Loans Arena on a gurney and taken to a Cleveland area hospital after falling ill last night.

According to a statement issued at the arena, Brown was suffering from "stomach acid reflux." Brown complained of sickness during the Knicks' 91-87 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers and walked out on his own power with 3 minutes 6 seconds in the third quarter. He spent the remainder of the game in the locker room, where he was examined by a Cavaliers team physician.

"His vital signs are stable," Knicks spokesman Jonathan Supranowitz said. "Given the fact it came on so suddenly, we decided to admit him to a hospital in Cleveland for observation."

A Knicks team doctor, Martin O'Malley , accompanied Brown at the hospital and the 65-year-old coach was expected to stay overnight as a precautionary measure, Supranowitz said.

Brown was carted off about 30 minutes after the game. Brown's jacket and tie had been removed and he was attached to an oxygen tube. Brown had earlier told Supranowitz that he had an upset stomach, but said that he was "fine."

· STERN WORDS: Commissioner David Stern gave another warning that the SuperSonics could eventually leave Seattle, saying that the city is "not interested in having the NBA there."

Stern has said the Sonics' lease with the city, which runs through 2010, is the worst in the NBA, and he went to Seattle in February to ask Washington state lawmakers for tax money to renovate Key Arena.

"I would say that the city is making it pretty clear of what they want us to do, and we'll accommodate them," Stern said.

Asked what that meant, Stern responded, "What I mean is they're not interested in having the NBA there."

· JAMES OUT: Cavaliers star LeBron James sat out the Knicks game with a sprained left ankle he suffered in the third quarter of a loss at Detroit on Wednesday.

-- From News Services and Staff Reports

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