Sixers' Brown has strong New England roots

Sixers' Brown has strong New England roots
October 11, 2013, 10:45 pm
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NEWARK, Del. — It's the preseason where the games officially do not count.

But coaching against the Boston Celtics will always have a special meaning to Philadelphia head coach Brett Brown who grew up in Maine.

"You couldn't help but watch them all the time," Brown said prior to Philadelphia's 97-85 win over the Celtics. "I'd go to my grandfather's house and he'd be sitting downstairs with the fire going with the Celtics or the Red Sox or the Bruins or the Patriots ... just a real die-hard Boston fan."

Brown, who comes to the Sixers after spending the past six seasons (2007-2013) as an assistant with the San Antonio Spurs, was among the hottest names among NBA assistants likely to get a head coaching gig.

However, he never made the Celtics' short list of candidates for the Boston's head coaching job after Doc Rivers was released from his contract with the Celtics and immediately signed a long-term deal with the Los Angeles Clippers.

Still, Brown arrives in the city of Brotherly Love with an impressive resume that has its origins in New England where his father Bob Brown is in the New England Basketball Hall of Fame.

And while the Celtics were the team of choice in Brown's family, he is quick to add that Boston wasn't the only team he liked back then.

"I loved the New York Knicks early with (Clyde) Frazier and (Earl) Monroe," said Brown, who played four seasons at Boston University under former Celtics head coach Rick Pitino. "And how could you not love the Philadelphia 76ers with Andrew Toney and Mo Cheeks and Doug Collins and Julius (Erving) ... I loved that part of it too."