Larry Brown could be headed back to Philadelphia

Play "Misty" for us; they closed the coffin on the I-Nod Center last

Coincidentally, Larry Brown and his latest band of renown were in town.

If memory — and a cheat sheet — serve, it was Brown who escorted New
Jersey into the Brendan Byrne Arena in 1981.

"Surely that warrants renaming a Jersey Turnpike rest stop after Larry," colleague Kevin Kenney proposes. "Who ever heard of Grover Cleveland, anyway?"

Coincidentally squared, Next Town Brown, I’m informed, has received approval from Bobcats owner Michael Jordan to return home, home on the range — Philadelphia — where his wife, school-age children and the antelopes still play, to re-take control of the 76ers from top to bottom.

I presume permission isn’t activated until after the playoffs, but with Next Town, one can never be sure.

In any case, hopefully Sixers president/GM Ed Stefanski, who began his visit 2½ years ago, isn’t last to find out his visa is about to be revoked. Head coach Eddie Jordan has known for some time he’ll be terminated immediately, if not faster, following the team’s last game tomorrow in Orlando.

So far, sources are vague whether Allen Iverson will get his old job back as Franchise Player, but I hear Tyrone Hill is expected to stand behind Dikembe Mutombo to ensure his rocking chair doesn’t tip.

Meanwhile, back at The Swamp, the last roundup figured to be a tear-jerker. Then again, a breakaway faction of the Nets minions demands the sewer be sold and all the dough donated to Derrick Coleman.

Once, twice, three times an irony.

How considerate of Coleman to declare bankruptcy around the same time we began clearing our throats to bust out in a chorus of "Auld Lang Swamp." Twenty years removed from the Nets jumping on his bones with the very first pick of the 1990 draft, and five years detached from a 15-season NBA career that enriched him by roughly $100 million, he filed Chapter 7. That was March 2. Two days ago, in a U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Detroit, Coleman listed assets worth $1M and debits totaling $4.7M, 50G of which he borrowed from Mayor/Pistons Hall of Famer Dave Bing.

Golly, wow and gee willikers! Could this be the Derrick Coleman I know and love?

You mean the guy who disdainfully rejected a $69M contract offer from the Nets in February 1994, but was graciously willing to accept $90M? I still have the black tee shirt Coleman’s agent proudly passed out to the media at the time. "I turned down 69 million dollars!" it brazenly proclaimed.

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