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Who is Tony Brown?

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Who is Tony Brown, the Nets interim coach ... other than their fifth coach in five years and their eighth coach in seven years.  He's a former Net, for one thing, having played for the team in 1986-87 after being drafted, then waived, in 1982. He was also Lionel Hollins' defensive coach for the past two years.

This is Brown's second season with the Brooklyn Nets after spending the previous three seasons as an assistant coach with the Dallas Mavericks under Rick Carlisle. Brown has also served as an assistant coach with the Los Angeles Clippers (2009-10), Milwaukee Bucks (2007-08), Boston Celtics (2004-07), Toronto Raptors (2003-04), Detroit Pistons (2001-03) and Portland Trail Blazers (1997-2001). In addition to Carlisle (in Dallas and Detroit), Brown assisted Mike Dunleavy in Los Angeles and Portland, Larry Krystkowiak in Milwaukee, Doc Rivers in Boston and Kevin O’Neill in Toronto.

Prior to being named interim coach Sunday, Brown has filled in as a head coach in three games in his career, winning all three: once for Rivers in Boston (March 19, 2006), once for Krystkowiak in Milwaukee (November 6, 2007) and once for Dunleavy in Los Angeles (December 31, 2009). Prior to beginning his coaching career, he was an advance scout for the Bucks (1994-97).

Brown spent seven seasons (1984-90, 1991-92) as an NBA player with nine teams after being selected with the 82nd pick in the fourth round of the 1982 NBA Draft by the Nets. His best professional season came in 1986-87 with the Nets, where he recorded career-bests for points, assists, steals, minutes and games started. In 360 career NBA games split between the Nets, Indiana Pacers, Chicago Bulls, Houston Rockets, Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Lakers, Utah Jazz, Los Angeles Clippers and Seattle SuperSonics, Brown averaged 6.0 points and 2.1 rebounds per game. In addition to his seven seasons in the NBA, Brown also spent time in the Continental Basketball Association and Italy.

The Chicago native played four years at the University of Arkansas under head coach Eddie Sutton. Brown and his wife, Exquilynn, have a daughter, Myesha.