Larry Brown has to protect his current image as coach of the Pistons - how can u go into work and tell all your players and bosses - that you want to coach another team - that it's ur dream job - of course the players are going to lose faith in you.
Plus - imagine if in that interview he said Yes - i want to coach the knicks - think of all the speculation and drama within the Pistons organization that would cause. Right now he knows that the Pistons are giving him a paycheck and you definitely don't want to bite the hand that feeds u!
He'll be the coach of the knicks next year - the dude said that he wants to retire after Detroit. If he were to retire - where do you think he is gonna end up - on good ole' LI - and what's better than chilling in ur retirement house - hopping on the LIRR straight to Penn Station to work in your dream job!!
He definitely wants this position.