Wizards, Miami still waiting on Hamilton

'Canes coach isn't rushing his decision

NBA notes

June 13, 2000

Leonard Hamilton is holding the University of Miami in sus-pense as he decides whether to take Michael Jordan's offer to coach the Washington Wizards or remain with the program he built.

Neither the Hurricanes nor the Wizards had any coach-related an-nouncements scheduled as of late yesterday, even though the major obstacle to Hamilton's departure from Miami, a buyout figure for his contract, was settled over the weekend.

Miami athletic director Paul Dee said he did not know when Hamilton will make up his mind.

"These things are fairly deliberate, take some time," Dee said. "We have completed the phase of the negotiation between the university 'and the coach ... which releases him to conduct his negotiations with the Wizards. "They're in Part Two now, of which I'm not a relevant player. When they are able to complete their transactions, we'll know." Meanwhile, at least one Miami booster already was planning for Hamilton's exit. Louisville coach Denny Crum, 63, told the Lexing-ton Herald-Leader he was essen-tiaily offered the Hurricanes' job.

"I'm flattered by their interest," said Crum, 663-276 at Louisville. "But this has been my home for 29 years, and when I retire it will be as a Louisville Cardinal."

Jordan, the Wizards' president of basketball operations, and Hamilton reportedly agreed in principle to a five-year deal worth about $10 million, not including in-centives, to coach the Wizards should Hamilton accept the job.

Yet, despite the allure of the. NBA and 'the prospect of working with-the game's greatest name, Hamilton expressed some reti-cence to leave a secure job and a program he overhauled from per-ennial loser to national promi-nence over the past decade.

"I can honestly say I've wres-tled with it," Hamilton, 51, said over the weekend.

HONOR: 76ers guard Eric Snow received the Joe Dumars Trophy given by the league for sportsmanship.

Jason Ktdd of the Suns was second in the media voting.

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