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Jordan and Jarvis still just talking about coaching job

Michael Jordan's courtship of Mike Jarvis for the Wizards coaching job, now official with all the appropriate people notified, became a long-distance affair Thursday with the St. John's coach back in New York and Jordan still in Washington.

"Discussions are still ongoing. There has not been a formal offer made," St. John's spokesman Dominic Scianna said after a meeting with Jarvis.

As talks continued, it became clear Jordan will not meet his self-imposed Sunday deadline for naming a new coach, and there were no plans to announce a new coach until early next week, the Associated Press reported.

Jordan, the Wizards president of basketball operations, talked to Jarvis by phone to discuss the job Wednesday. Jarvis was in the Washington area, where he still has a home.

Jarvis drove back to New York on Wednesday night and notified St. John's president the Rev. Donald Harrington and athletic director Edward Manetta Jr. that he was formally talking to Jordan about the job. Only then did Jarvis make his interest public.

Jarvis remained in New York on Thursday, while Jordan was in Washington for Sunday's NBA draft lottery, the event for which he had hoped to have a coach in place.

Jordan was not available for comment.

KNICKS: A jet blast from the team's charter plane lifted coach Jeff Van Gundy's car and sent it hurdling over three other vehicles as the plane returned to New York after the Heat game early Thursday.

Van Gundy's car, a 1995 Honda Civic, was "totally demolished," police said. Also extensively damaged were Knicks guard Allan Houston's 1997 Mercedes, assistant coach Brendan Malone's 1999 Lincoln and the car belonging to the team's media relations director.

All four cars had been driven onto the tarmac at Westchester County Airport, near the team's suburban New York headquarters, as the charter arrived at 3 a.m. As the plane taxied toward that area, the pilot revved one of the engines. The blast sent Van Gundy's car spinning.

MAVERICKS: Don Nelson is expected to return next season as coach. Details have not been finalized.

NETS: The owners said they hope to have a new coach, president and director of operations within the next two weeks. The list of candidates to replace coach Don Casey and president Michael Rowe is "quite long," said Harvey Schiller. He stressed that no one has been offered a job.

CBA: The Genesee County, Mich., Friend of the Court has placed a lien on the pension of Jeff Grayer in an effort to seize nearly $74,000 in unpaid child support.

The FOC said it has learned that the Flint native has an NBA pension worth $300,000.

Grayer, a member of a group trying to start a Continental Basketball Association team in Flint, surrendered in late January after learning he was being sought on a warrant for failing to pay support for a son who lives in Florida.

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