Getting to know new Pistons assistant coach Dee Brown, who will primarily work with point guards.
Every member of Lawrence Frank’s assistant coaching and extended staffs had either a prior relationship with him or roots with the Pistons, except one. Frank had never met Dee Brown when he contacted him among the 31 people he spoke to in his quest to fill out his staff with coaches of diverse backgrounds.
Brown’s first NBA coaching job has been in the making since 2002, when the former point guard ended a 12-year playing career with the Boston Celtics, Toronto Raptors and Orlando Magic.
He moved into the coaching ranks immediately after retirement, when he was hired as head coach of the WNBA’s Orlando Miracle in 2002. He went on to coach the WNBA’s San Antonio Silver Stars in 2004 and joined the Springfield Armor of the NBA Development League as head coach in 2009.
Brown also spent time in the Magic’s front office working in player personnel, giving him what he believes is the type of foundation it takes to succeed in the NBA.
The first thing you want to know about Dee Brown is whether he can still dunk.
That’s a natural question for the guy who will forever be remembered for winning the 1991 slam-dunk title at the All-Star break with a no-look move where he used one arm to cover his eyes. He also delighted fans by pushing the pump button on his Reeboks before dunks.
"I always like to tell people (I used) to have hops, but now I just have hopes," he said with another laugh. "I can still get up a little bit."