Tony Brown (basketball)

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Tony Brown
Tony Brown Wizards.jpg
Brown at 2017 Washington Wizards training camp
Washington Wizards
Position Assistant coach
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1960-07-29) July 29, 1960 (age 57)
Chicago, Illinois
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight 185 lb (84 kg)
Career information
High school Farragut Academy
(Chicago, Illinois)
College Arkansas (1978–1982)
NBA draft 1982 / Round: 4 / Pick: 82nd overall
Selected by the New Jersey Nets
Playing career 1982–1994
Position Shooting guard / Small forward
Number 8, 35, 21, 17
Coaching career 1997–present
Career history
As player:
1982–1983 Ohio Mixers
1984–1985 Indiana Pacers
1985–1986 Kansas City Sizzlers
1986 Chicago Bulls
1986–1987 New Jersey Nets
1988–1989 Houston Rockets
19891990 Milwaukee Bucks
1990 Los Angeles Lakers
1990 Albany Patroons
1990 Teorematur Arese
1991 Utah Jazz
1991–1992 Los Angeles Clippers
1992 Seattle SuperSonics
1992–1994 Reggio Emilia
As coach:
19972001 Portland Trail Blazers (assistant)
20012003 Detroit Pistons (assistant)
2003–2004 Toronto Raptors (assistant)
20042007 Boston Celtics (assistant)
2007–2008 Milwaukee Bucks (assistant)
2009–2010 Los Angeles Clippers (assistant)
20112014 Dallas Mavericks (assistant)
20142016 Brooklyn Nets (assistant)
2016 Brooklyn Nets (interim)
2016–present Washington Wizards (assistant)
Stats at

Anthony William Brown (born July 29, 1960) is a retired American professional basketball player and former NBA Head Coach of the Brooklyn Nets.

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 %
Post season 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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