James Dolan has no use for Larry Brown, who lasted only one season in the Garden and made off with close to $20 million of Dolan's money in a settlement. But Rasheed Wallace still has a soft spot in his heart for his former Detroit Pistons coach.

"If I still had eligibility left, I'd be playing for Larry,'' Wallace said Wednesday.

But Brown is coaching on the college level these days at SMU, so Wallace's only viable option to return to the NBA was for his second-favorite coach, the Knicks' Mike Woodson. The chance to play for Woodson, Brown's top aide in Detroit when the Pistons won the title with Wallace in 2004, was the No. 1 factor in the four-time All-Star deciding to come out of retirement.