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Dee Brown
Dee Brown
Position: -
Born: 08/17/84
Height: 6-0 / 1.83
Weight:181 lbs. / 82.1 kg.
Earnings: $24,793,285 ($157,793*)
Dino Radja and Dee Brown, together again at last. The wheels for their reunion kicked into gear about a year ago, when Radja, a walking bucket with the Celtics from 1993-1997, finally joined Instagram. At 53 years old, the Naismith Hall of Famer is not IG’s target demo. “I don’t like this new social media technology,” says Radja, from his home in Zagreb, Croatia. “It makes us all more stupid. But it reconnected me with Dee, and I’m so happy for that.”
Brown spent eight years in Boston, three as a captain. He’s still sixth all-time in steals, one of two Celtics to win a dunk contest and two Browns to wear the No. 7. He’d never met a player like Dino – “He was one of my better friends when I was playing.” – so he was happy to get the message. Still, he never imagined he’d end up at a hotel in Zagreb, waiting for a ride to his old friend Dino Radja’s house. He certainly never imagined that old friend, all 6-feet-10-inches of him, would arrive in a Smart car. “He picked me up and I was like, ‘Dino, what are you doing driving around in a two-seater? This is so European.’ He was still the same guy. So humble.”
Dee Brown: (Laughs loudly) That’s not true. P never beat me in practice. He never beat me in a drill. He never beat me in one-on-one. I told him, “Hey, I don’t try to go and rap. Don’t try to come on the basketball court and shoot jumpers with me. You ain’t got a chance.” I told him that to his face. He tried. He tried hard. And yeah, as a rookie, I’d run him off screens, I’d throw an elbow here, Antonio Davis would give him a little hip-check there. So yeah, he went through it. But as far as me, I was one of the captains, one of the five or six best players on the team. I wasn’t worried about Master P, trust me. I was worried about freaking Greg Anthony and Mookie Blaylock. I wasn’t worried about Master P.
When I think about Reebok, I think about Allen Iverson and I think about you. What’s it like to have your name connected to a shoe company for so long? Dee Brown: I think the one shoe is obviously The Pump. It doesn’t matter where you are, what country I’m in, what city I’m in. Either once a day, or twice a day, I get a no-look dunk or someone bending down, pumping their shoes. The funny thing about The Pump is that I could see guys, grown men with loafers on, in suits at their jobs, bend down and pump up their penny loafers. It doesn’t matter, it’s just the action of what I did. Obviously, the shoe is the shoe, but they don’t have to have on pumps to that. People bend down and pump up their flip flops.
Dee Brown: My son (Anakin), he’s a sneakerhead. He’s the new generation. He’s the one who will switch shoes at halftime, in middle school. He’s in the eighth grade, he plays basketball, a really good player, but he’s part of that (new) generation now. … He knows about the history, but that was so long ago because he’s so young. He never saw Michael Jordan play, so his only relation to Jordan is through shoes. Ask him if he likes Michael Jordan because he was a great player and he says, “Nah, he’s got great shoes.”