-- With a critical Game 5 coming up, Detroit Pistons Coach Larry Brown had enough on his mind Sunday. But before the game, he was asked if he had thought about this game possibly being his final home game with the Pistons. "I did during the Miami series, Game 6 when I came over here. But since then, you know, my goal is to come back," Brown said. "I'm confident that I'll figure out a way to be well enough to do this. And if not, you know, it's been great. But I haven't really thought about it nearly as much as I did maybe two weeks ago."
Rumors have swirled about the nomadic coach possibly joining the Cleveland Cavaliers as president of basketball operations after the season. Brown has had bladder trouble since undergoing hip surgery during the season and will visit the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota at the conclusion of this series. He said that his health hasn't been an issue during the Finals.
"Mentally, you know, there are times I get down a little bit, but at this time it's been fun to watch the way my team has responded to some difficult circumstances, and watch the way they compete and play," he said.
Since joining the Pistons two years ago, Brown hasn't lost a playoff series and won his only NBA title. Earlier this week, Brown was asked if this has been the most difficult season of his coaching career, given the Nov. 19 brawl involving the Indiana Pacers and his lingering health issues.
"Oh, no. This has been phenomenal for me. I mean, I don't have too many left, and I've had tsoris my whole life. I'm doing exactly what I want to do," Brown said, using a Yiddish word for problems.
R. Wallace Makes His Point
Rasheed Wallace played superb defense against the Spurs' Tim Duncan but he has yet to have an impact on the offensive end, which doesn't bother him at all. "No, I'm not trying to be a great scorer of the game. Great scorers was Kareem, Mike, Larry Bird, they were great scorers, but I'm not out to be a scorer in this game," Wallace said earlier this week. "Personally, it doesn't matter to me if I had the worst career stats in NBA history as long as I got my 'ships. The 'ships, it shuts everything up."
In describing the differences between himself and Duncan, Wallace said that Duncan was day and he was night. When asked how he would describe their differences, Duncan said, "I would describe me as night and him as day."
Horry Is a Motor City Fan
Detroit has earned a reputation for having some of the rowdiest fans in sports, which was magnified following the brawl earlier in the season. But Spurs reserve forward Robert Horry said they haven't had a poor reception in the suburbs. "People are always looking at these fans because of what happened with Indiana, but they've been great. We've been walking around and they've been treating us well. I had my appetizers taken care of. I had my dinner taken care of. They could be setting me up, though," Horry said with a laugh. "They haven't been harassing me at all. I guess it's because I used to be a Piston a long time ago -- for two days."
The Houston Rockets traded Horry to the Pistons in exchange for Sean Elliott in 1994, but the trade was rescinded because Elliott had a chronic kidney ailment. Horry has gone on to win five championships since then.