Cavaliers close in on coaching replacement for Mike Brown _lowres

Associated Press file photo -- Lindsey Hunter

CLEVELAND — More than one month after firing Mike Brown, the Cavaliers haven’t found his successor.

However, they could be close.

The team had second interviews with Los Angeles Clippers associate head coach Alvin Gentry and assistant Tyronn Lue on Friday, meetings that were expected to include Cavs owner Dan Gilbert. Gentry and Lue are among at least a dozen candidates contacted by the club since Brown was fired on May 12 following a 33-49 season, ending his second stint with the club.

Cleveland has scheduled an interview for next week with former Maccabi Tel Aviv coach David Blatt, who announced Thursday he was leaving the European champion for an NBA job. Blatt did not specify which team he was joining, but said he has not been offered the Cavs’ position.

World Peace to coach girls

LOS ANGELES — While former Lakers and Knicks forward Metta World Peace remains a free agent, he’s signed on to work as a girl’s high school hoops coach.

Palisades Charter High School coach Torino Johnson told the Orange County Register that World Peace will be an assistant coach at the Los Angeles school.

From 2009-13, World Peace played for the Los Angeles Lakers. Last season, the 34-year-old forward played 29 games for the Knicks.

World Peace, previously known as Ron Artest, has also authored two children’s books since 2013.

Game 4 draws 9.3 rating

NEW YORK — San Antonio’s victory over Miami in Game 4 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night drew an average television audience of 14,964,000 viewers and a 9.3 national rating on ABC.

Nielsen said Friday that the broadcast peaked with 16,742,000 viewers from 10-10:15 p.m. The series is averaging 14,931,000 viewers and a 9.1 rating.

Game 5 is Sunday night in San Antonio. The Spurs lead the series 3-1.

Hornets’ Higgins steps down

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Charlotte Hornets announced that Rod Higgins has stepped down as the team’s president of basketball operations.

Higgins had been with the team for the last seven years.

Hornets owner Michael Jordan thanked Higgins in a statement released Friday, saying, “Rod has been a consummate professional throughout his time with the team. Thanks to his hard work and commitment, we have an improved roster and we are poised for success in the future. Rod was of great help to me as I navigated my first four years as majority owner of this franchise. I wish him all the best.”

They announced that Rich Cho will remain in his capacity as general manager and assume responsibility for the team’s basketball operations. Cho will report to Jordan and vice chairman Curtis Polk.