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Sprewell To Meet With Knicks Execs

October 9, 1999

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) _ Latrell Sprewell will meet Sunday with Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy and general manager Scott Layden to explain his absence from training camp.

The Knicks held their final practice Saturday and flew back to suburban New York, where Sprewell was staying at a hotel after reportedly driving cross-country from Oakland, Calif.

Layden spoke Friday and Saturday with Sprewell’s agent, Robert Gist, but refused to divulge details of the call. Layden said he did not speak directly with Sprewell.

``I have some sense of what happened, but I still think it’s important that Jeff and I sit down with Latrell and see what he has to say,″ Layden said.

Van Gundy said the team was leaving Charleston a little bumped and bruised, and he gave the players a day off Sunday. The Knicks will practice Monday morning before holding a public scrimmage in the afternoon at Madison Square Garden.

Their first exhibition game is Tuesday night, but first the team needs to address the Sprewell situation. He was expected to arrive in camp by Wednesday, but failed to show up and did not telephone the team to explain himself.

``I don’t know really what’s happened,″ Van Gundy said. ``After we speak tomorrow, everybody will have a better understanding.

``I’m waiting to hear what he has to say. I’m waiting for my opportunity to say to him what I want to say,″ the coach said.

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