Dee Brown joins Springfield's D-League

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Dee Brown, who spent eight years with the Boston Celtics, will be returning to Massachusetts as the head coach for the Springfield Armor. "I look forward to working with the talented, young players that will wear the Armor uniform and to making this new NBA D-League team in Springfield a winner," he said.
By Rick Sobey

Staff Intern

SPRINGFIELD Ever since it was announced that the National Basketball Association (NBA) Development League would be returning to the area, residents have been patiently waiting for the team's name, head coach and players. The team's name, Springfield Armor, was unveiled a month ago, and then this past week, the team introduced a former Boston Celtics guard as the franchise's first head coach.

On July 29 at the Mass Mutual Center, the Armor named former NBA player and Slam Dunk champion Dee Brown as the head coach and director of basketball operations. Brown played in the NBA for 12 years, including eight years with the Celtics. Michael Savit, the Armor's managing partner, believes that Brown will get the organization off to a fantastic start.

"To have Dee Brown as our first head coach is huge," Savit said. "Not only is Dee thought of fondly throughout New England and beyond following his days with the Celtics, he also is a terrific mentor for young players and an all-around great ambassador for the sport. He is a perfect fit for our organization and for a city with such a rich basketball tradition."

Brown cannot wait to start coaching the future players of the Armor. "I look forward to working with the talented, young players that will wear the Armor uniform and to making this new NBA D-League team in Springfield a winner," he said.

When Brown learned that he had received this position, he was ecstatic. "I am grateful for this opportunity to return to Massachusetts where I have many wonderful memories from my playing career. The Hall of Fame is right around the corner, which obviously has great basketball history, and there are also great colleges in this area."

Brown has a connection to one of these local colleges as his wife, Tammy, played basketball during her four years at American International College (AIC). "My wife was very excited when she heard that I got this coaching position in Springfield," he said. "She is a native of Massachusetts and is thrilled to come back to this community."

In addition to playing professionally for 12 years on the Celtics, Toronto Raptors and Orlando Magic, Brown has experience as a head coach. He began his coaching career with the Orlando Miracle of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) in 2002 and then coached the WNBA's San Antonio Silver Stars in 2004.

Brown does not even know his players, but he already has goals for the Armor. "Defense is going to be very important on our team," he said. "Also, we are going to emphasize being a great team player as well as teaching communication.

"We want to get to the playoffs and win a championship," Brown continued, "but if at the end of the day, we have our players get called up to the next level, then we have gotten our job done."

The Armor also announced that Kevin Whitted is the assistant coach for this upcoming season. He played professional basketball in Europe, and participated in a training camp stint with the Dallas Mavericks. Last season, Whitted made his NBA D-League debut as an assistant coach with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants.

The Armor's first game will take place the Friday after Thanksgiving at the Mass Mutual Center. The team will play a 50-game schedule with 24 home games. The Armor has three NBA affiliates, including the New York Knicks, New Jersey Nets and Philadelphia 76ers.

Season tickets start at $91 and single game tickets are available. For more information, call 746-3263 or visit www.armorhoops.com.




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