Tony Brown (basketball)

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Tony Brown
Tony Brown Wizards.jpg
Brown at 2017 Washington Wizards training camp
Washington Wizards
PositionAssistant coach
Personal information
Born (1960-07-29) July 29, 1960 (age 58)
Chicago, Illinois
Listed height6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight185 lb (84 kg)
Career information
High schoolFarragut Academy
(Chicago, Illinois)
CollegeArkansas (1978–1982)
NBA draft1982 / Round: 4 / Pick: 82nd overall
Selected by the New Jersey Nets
Playing career1982–1994
PositionShooting guard / Small forward
Number8, 35, 21, 17
Coaching career1997–present
Career history
As player:
1982–1983Ohio Mixers
1984–1985Indiana Pacers
1985–1986Kansas City Sizzlers
1986Chicago Bulls
1986–1987New Jersey Nets
1988–1989Houston Rockets
19891990Milwaukee Bucks
1990Los Angeles Lakers
1990Albany Patroons
1990Teorematur Arese
1991Utah Jazz
1991–1992Los Angeles Clippers
1992Seattle SuperSonics
1992–1994Reggio Emilia
As coach:
19972001Portland Trail Blazers (assistant)
20012003Detroit Pistons (assistant)
2003–2004Toronto Raptors (assistant)
20042007Boston Celtics (assistant)
2007–2008Milwaukee Bucks (assistant)
2009–2010Los Angeles Clippers (assistant)
20112014Dallas Mavericks (assistant)
20142016Brooklyn Nets (assistant)
2016Brooklyn Nets (interim)
2016–presentWashington Wizards (assistant)
Stats at

Anthony William Brown (born July 29, 1960) is a retired American professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association (NBA) and former head coach of the Brooklyn Nets. He is currently an assistant coach for the Washington Wizards.

Brown was a 6'6" (1.98 m) and 185 lb (84 kg) small forward and played collegiately at the University of Arkansas.

Playing career[edit]

The New Jersey Nets selected Brown in the fourth round of the 1982 NBA Draft as the 82nd overall pick. He played for nine NBA teams in seven seasons and also played in the CBA and overseas with Reggio Emilia in Italy from 1992 to 1994.[1]

Coaching career[edit]

After his playing career, Brown worked as an advance scout and college talent evaluator for the Milwaukee Bucks from 1994–1997. He has served as an assistant coach for the Portland Trail Blazers (1997 to 2001 under Mike Dunleavy), Detroit Pistons (2001 to 2003 under Rick Carlisle), and Toronto Raptors (2003–2004 under Kevin O'Neill).[2]

On May 19, 2004, the Boston Celtics hired Brown to be an assistant under head coach Doc Rivers; The Boston Globe reported that Brown would be a "defensive coordinator" in Rivers's staff.[3] Brown substituted for Rivers on March 19, 2006, as Rivers missed the day's game due to a death in the family. The Celtics defeated the Indiana Pacers 103-88. The Celtics led 72-71 after three quarters and opened the fourth with a 9-0 run with a lineup of reserve players Tony Allen, Gerald Green, Kendrick Perkins, Orien Greene, and Al Jefferson.[4]

Brown returned to the Bucks at the start of the 2007–08 season to be an assistant this time under Larry Krystkowiak. On November 6, 2007, Brown took the helm as fill-in head coach of the Bucks in a 112–85 win over the Toronto Raptors[5] as Krystkowiak missed the game due to his wife going into labor with twins.[6]

The Los Angeles Clippers hired Brown as an assistant in 2009.[7] Brown also filled in for injured Clippers head coach Mike Dunleavy on December 31, 2009, with Los Angeles beating Philadelphia 104–88.[8]

On December 7, 2011, Brown replaced Dwane Casey as assistant coach to the Dallas Mavericks. This was Brown's second time working under Rick Carlisle.[9]

For the 2014–15 season, Brown was hired by the Brooklyn Nets as an assistant to new head coach Lionel Hollins.[10] He took over as interim head coach after Hollins was fired. On April 18, 2016, he was relieved of the position when the Brooklyn Nets named head coach Kenny Atkinson [11][12]

Head coaching record[edit]

Regular season G Games coached W Games won L Games lost W–L % Win–loss %
Playoffs PG Playoff games PW Playoff wins PL Playoff losses PW–L % Playoff win–loss %
Team Year G W L W–L% Finish PG PW PL PW–L% Result
Brooklyn 2015–16 45 11 34 .244 4th in Atlantic Missed Playoffs
Career 45 11 34 .244 0 0 0


  1. ^ Bucks Name Tony Brown Assistant Coach, June 5, 2007
  2. ^ "Tony Brown coachfile". NBA. Retrieved June 27, 2013.
  3. ^ Springer, Shira (May 20, 2004). "Celtics get Brown as assistant coach". The Boston Globe. Archived from the original on May 26, 2004.
  4. ^ Springer, Shira (March 20, 2006). "Celtics 103, Pacers 88: A little faith goes a long way for Celtics". Boston Globe. Archived from the original on September 14, 2006.
  5. ^ Bucks shoot lights out, hold Raptors star Bosh to one point. Updated November 6, 2007
  6. ^ Krystkowiak misses game vs. Raptors to be with wife in labor. Updated November 6, 2007
  7. ^ "Tony Brown Named Assistant Coach". Los Angeles Clippers. July 12, 2009. Retrieved June 27, 2013.
  8. ^ Kaman-led Clippers prevail in NBA's final game of decade
  9. ^ Price, Dwain (December 7, 2011). "Tony Brown joins the Mavs' staff". Full Court Press. Retrieved June 27, 2013.
  10. ^ "Brooklyn Nets announce coaching staff". Brooklyn Nets. July 30, 2014. Retrieved December 13, 2014.
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