Larry Brown is expected to sign a five-year deal to coach the Detroit Pistons today, according to AP reports.
The Philadelphia media, print and broadcast, have indicated that Brown plans to take his 76ers coaching staff to his next coaching venture. That would mean former Tar Heels John Kuester ('77) and Dave Hanners ('76) will be headed to the Motor City as Brown's assistants, along with Randy Ayers, Mike Woodson and Bob Bender.
Although, Woodson is being considered for the vacancy in Toronto and intends to be a candidate to succeed Brown in Philadelphia, according to the Philadelphia Daily News last week. Randy Ayers, considered as Brown's top assistant, told the paper he planned to be with whichever team Brown went to.
PHELPS READY TO MOVE ON
* Derrick Phelps put his 9-21 (14th-place) French Pro A season with Limoges CSP in very simple terms. "Nothing worked this year," the veteran point guard told CSP Zone when the season ended last week. After winning championships in Germany, Phelps described his stay with Limoges as, "my worst season as a professional basketball player." Phelps added that he did not think the system used by Limoges CSP was for him and he would not be returning to the team.
When CSP Zone asked about his plans Phelps said, "I am on vacation until September. I am going to Germany to see friends. I will wait until the end of July to consider offers from other clubs (2 in Italy and 2 in Spain, so far). You will hear about me in Europe next year. I will be 31 this summer (July 31), my financial situation is well. I'm looking to play a schedule of two games a week (Limoges only played once a week). I hope to play on a team that plays in Euroleague or at least a European Cup competition."
Donald Williams also played for Limoges CSP and is not expected to return next season, according to the website.
LANG IN POLISH LEAGUE FINALS
* Former Tar Heel Kris Lang contributed eight points (3-5 FG, 2-2 FT) in 19 minutes as his Anwil Wloclawek squad took the first game of the Polish League Finals, 66-65, on Saturday over Prokom Trefl Sopot. Anwil needed a 3-pointer by Jeff Nordgaard (Wisc.-Green Bay) with just two seconds to go to claim the road win.
On Sunday, it was a 70-59 victory by Sopot to even the best-of-seven series at 1-1. Lang had six points (3-4 FG, 0-1 FT) and 5 rebounds in 29 minutes for Anwil. Jiri [George] Zidek (UCLA) led the attack for Sopot with 19 points. Sopot also has two former ACC players -- Todd Fuller (NC State) and Drew Barry (Georgia Tech).
The next two games will be played in Wloclawek on June 6 and 8.
OKULAJA IN DECISIVE GAME TODAY
* Ademola Okulaja and Unicaja Malaga face a must-win situation versus Tau Ceramica today in Malaga, Spain in order to advance into the ACB league semifnal round. The winner will begin another best-of-five set with second-seed Pamesa Valencia later this week.
TAR HEEL BIRTHDAYS OF JUNE ...
* Al Wood: 6/2 (45) ... Billy Cunningham: 6/3 (60) ... John Greene: 6/10 (35) ... Eddie Fogler: 6/12 (55) ... Antawn Jamison: 6/12 (27) ... Sam Perkins: 6/14 (42) ... Brian Bersticker: 6/14 (24) ... Marty Hensley: 6/18 (36) ... Chrystal Baptist: 6/18 (21) ... Tiffany Tucker: 6/21 (21) ... Ed Wills: 6/22 (31) ... Raymond Felton: 6/26 (19) ... Leah Sharp: 6/28 (24).