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Dee Brown
Dee Brown
Position: None
Born: 08/17/84
Height: 6-0 / 1.83
Weight:181 lbs. / 82.1 kg.
Brown said he was not embittered by the incident. “My experience, other than the initial one, which I don’t think had anything to do [with racism], it was a case of mistaken identity,” he said. “There’s tension in Boston like there’s tension in New York, tension everywhere else. I really don’t get too caught up in it. The fans are great. They love their Celtics. They love their Bruins and their Patriots.
Brown believes they should. “As everyone knows when I first got here, I had an incident in Wellesley with the police, it was 1990, it was quite a while ago, but after that I never had a problem in Boston,” he said. “My wife’s from Cambridge. I’ve still got family up here. I love Boston. I’m always a Celtics’ diehard, always will be. Played here for eight years. “The thing is, the change happened when KG [Kevin Garnett] came, Paul [Pierce] was here for a long time. Ray [Allen], [Rajon] Rondo, those guys. The second wave of stars after the ’90s. I think they can get free agents here, I really do.”
Brown is known as much for a mistaken-identity incident with the police in 1990 as he is for streaking to the basket for that dunk a few months later. On Sept. 21, 1990, Brown, entering his rookie season with the Celtics, was stopped by Wellesley police after being mistaken for a bank robber. He and his then fiancée faced drawn guns from five police officers after a secretary at the bank identified Brown as the potential robber. The description was of a light-skinned man between 6 feet and 6-2. Brown is brown-skinned and 6-1. Brown and his fiancée weren’t released until Brown showed his identification, but the incident reverberated around the country, especially in NBA circles, concerning race relations in Boston.
NBA rules forbid that and the last thing Brown wants is to be the reason commissioner David Stern slaps the Pistons with a hefty fine for breaking the league’s code of silence. Especially since Brown is a rookie in the NBA coaching ranks. But Brown knows a thing or two about what the players are going through as they wait for the lockout to be resolved. He was on the other side of the NBA’s labor fence in 1998-99, when the players were locked out for more than six months before a new Collective Bargaining Agreement was finalized and the season finally began in February. Brown was in his ninth pro season during the first lockout and that is something he can talk about. “We just tried to stay in shape,” said Brown, who in ’98-99 was in his second season with Toronto after breaking into the NBA with the Boston Celtics. “We trusted everything would get done. That’s all we did. There was no magic formula. When it gets done, it gets done. “That’s all we did in ’98.”
Pistons coach Lawrence Frank has made two choices for his coaching staff. Former NBA players Dee Brown and Roy Rogers will sit to Frank’s side whenever next season starts, a source confirmed to The Detroit News. Brown, 42, was most recently the head coach and general manager of the Springfield (Mass.) Armor in the NBA Developmental League (NBDL). Brown also coached the WNBA’s Orlando Miracle and San Antonio Silver Stars. He’s more known for his exploits during the 1991 Slam Dunk Contest, where he won it with his famous no-look dunk.
Jeff Hornacek, Patrick Ewing, Alonzo Mourning and Dikembe Mutombo once were fierce rivals on the basketball court. They recorded a combined 64 seasons in the NBA, totaling 66,514 points and earning 27 All-Star appearances, wearing a variety of uniforms but never playing on the same team. With their competitive days behind them, though, the talented foursome have united to become ambassadors for the game that helped make their names. Joined by ex- professional players Bo Outlaw and Dee Brown, the former NBA greats are scheduled to spend four days in Johannesburg, South Africa, participating in the league’s Basketball Without Borders program.
The former Boston Celtics standout has been the only head coach in the two-year history of the NBA Development League franchise, which will become the sole affiliate of the Nets on May 1. The Armor were affiliated with the Nets, New York Knicks and Philadelphia 76ers the last two seasons. “I spoke to Dee Brown and I spoke to his assistant Kevin Whitted and I told them we would be looking for coaches,” King said Monday morning on a conference call. “They will be candidates, they will not be ruled out. We will be talking to them and talking to other candidates to try and find the best fit for Springfield.”