Comcast-Spectacor chairman Ed Snider denied Tuesday that the 76ers have asked permission to talk with Charlotte Bobcats coach Larry Brown.
Snider called the New York Post report "absolutely false," and said the organization had not contacted any other team about anyone.
Brown also denied a Post report Tuesday that Bobcats owner Michael Jordan had given the veteran coach permission to leave the organization and return to Philadelphia to run the Sixers.
Front office executives are reluctant to talk about jobs that are not currently available, but it is logical that Brown, 70, might have interest in a job that could bring him closer to his current home.
As reported in The Inquirer a month ago, the Sixers will fire coach Eddie Jordan soon after Wednesday's final regular-season game against the Magic in Orlando, but as of Tuesday no decision had been made about the future of general manager Ed Stefanski.
It's possible that Stefanski, who hired Eddie Jordan and made several failed personnel moves, will be fired.
Brown told The Inquirer on Tuesday that he has no desire to coach anywhere but for Michael Jordan in Charlotte. Brown has six grandchildren who live in North Carolina, but his wife and two school-age children live on the Main Line in suburban Philadelphia, and Brown admitted that he misses being involved in their day-to-day life during the season.
Nevertheless, on the eve of the Bobcats' regular-season finale against Chicago, Brown said he was happy working for Jordan and thrilled to be making the team's first playoff appearance in franchise history. The Bobcats will face the second-seeded Orlando Magic in the first round.
"We're getting ready for the playoffs," Brown said. "I love my team. I love coaching. I'm 70 years old. I want to coach for Michael Jordan. That's where I'm at. I'm happy here.
"It's no fun being away from my family and [wife] Shelly. That's always going to be the case. But I love what I'm doing."
Brown's family, including son A.J., 15, and daughter Madison, soon to be 13, has remained in the Philadelphia area ever since the coach left the Sixers after the 2002-03 season. After stints in Detroit, where he won his first NBA championship, and New York, Brown returned to Philadelphia in 2006 as an adviser to the Sixers while reuniting with his family. He took his children to school, worked at the Sixers' practice facility on City Avenue, and then took in just about every Villanova practice for two years, growing close to Wildcats coach Jay Wright.
In April 2008, at Michael Jordan's request, Brown became the third coach in Bobcats history. Last month, Jordan became majority owner of the franchise, which has posted a franchise-record 44 wins.
"My only goal now is to see us continue to get better and be excited to be in the playoffs and figure out how to keep our season going," Brown said.
But it's possible that Brown could decide to retire from coaching. Inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2002, Brown has coached nine franchises and amassed 1,089 regular-season wins. In a couple of days, he will take his eighth franchise into the playoffs, where he is 100-89.
Brown is a basketball lifer, and even if he retired from coaching, he'd likely need to keep a connection to the pro game.
If the Sixers choose to fire Stefanski, that would free up an opportunity that does not exist for Brown today.