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Sixers set to hire Larry Brown as next head coach

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Larry Brown will be named the head coach of the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday, The Associated Press has learned.

Team sources confirmed that Brown, 56, has agreed to become the 76ers' sixth coach in the past seven seasons. He will replace Johnny Davis, who was fired the day after the team finished the season 22-60.Vice president Dave Coskey said the team would have "a major announcement" Monday at 11 a.m. EDT, but declined to confirm it involves the hiring of Brown, who resigned as coach of the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday.

Brown did not immediately return a phone call to his Los Angeles home. Terms of the deal were not available.

Pat Croce, the president and part owner of the 76ers, acknowledged last week that he had an interview with Brown hours after he left Indianapolis following his resignation. Brown later said he was coming back to Philadelphia for a second interview this weekend.

Although Brown wanted some say in the team's personnel decisions, sources indicated he will not have the general manager's job, which remains open following the dismissal of Brad Greenberg and Davis on April 20.

Still, it's believed Croce guaranteed Brown a significant say in shaping the team's roster.

In Brown, the 76ers get a coach who has many accomplishments - and many stops - on his resume. He has been a head coach in college, the NBA or the ABA in each of the last 24 seasons, compiling a record of 1,091-702 (.608).

The highlights were an NCAA title in 1988 with Kansas and a loss to Louisville in the 1980 final with UCLA.

He has an 853-587 regular-season record as a pro coach in a career that started in 1972 with the ABA's Carolina Cougars and continued with stops at Denver in both the ABA and NBA, the New Jersey Nets, the San Antonio Spurs and the Los Angeles Clippers.

Brown spent the past four seasons with the Pacers, but resigned after a 39-43 finish kept them out of the playoffs this year. In each of the previous two seasons, however, Indiana was 52-30.

His job with the 76ers won't be easy. Although they have point guard Allen Iverson, named the rookie of the year Thursday, the complimentary cast is thin.

Jerry Stackhouse, the team's other star, has one year left on his contract and has indicated he might not renegotiate if the 76ers don't reverse the losing that has resulted in a 194-342 record over the last six seasons.

Both Iverson, the first overall pick in last year's draft, and Stackhouse, the third overall choice in 1995, were lottery picks. Philadelphia will have another one this year.

But with nine players already having guaranteed contracts, the 76ers have little room under the salary cap to bring in additional talent.