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Harris Wanted to Coach, but Knew Losing Hurt His Chances

In a column Tuesday, Peter Vecsey denies Dave D'Alessandro's report that Del Harris decided to leave New Jersey when he found out that Rod Thorn told his agent there was no chance he would be head coach. Harris, Kiki Vandeweghe and their agent wanted Harris to take over as coach at some point this season, apparently without Rod Thorn's knowledge. But Harris tells Vecsey that he didn't know the outcome of the conversation Thorn had with Warren LeGarie, and chose to leave because he knew he could never become the coach with the team continuing to lose.