It might look a long shot scenario but if given the chance, NBA 1991 Slam Dunk king Dee Brown is very open on furthering the game of basketball in a worldwide scale –that includes a possible stint in the Gilas sidelines.
“I’ve never ever turned down opportunity to not, in any situation, to better the game of basketball,” said Brown when asked by The GOAT host KC Montero about the possibility of joining the Gilas coaches.
Brown, who’s in town for the NBA Fit tour, currently serves as professional personnel scout for the Los Angeles Clippers and has a vast experience in coaching and player development with various teams since 2009.
Speaking of connection, Brown and current senior national team tactician Tab Baldwin lived in the same area in Jacksonville, Florida in the US.
“Of course, it’s funny to say that because Tab Baldwin is from the same hometown I’m from,” shares Brown, who played in the NBA from 1990-2002.
“I love the challenge and if that will be my challenge to go somewhere and uplift and raise the stakes and value of the game of basketball,” said the ex-Boston Celtics point guard. “It’s already huge here, but I’m always thinking what I can do to make it better.
Brown even pointed out naturalized big man Andray Blatche and Fil-Am Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson as good example of players who are willing to bolster the country’s chance in international stage.
“You got guys from the (United) States that are coming over here and obviously taking roots in and like ‘listen we want to be part of this to help you grow,’” said 47-year old ex-pro.
Like his unique and creative dunks, Brown is still on a mission to raise the bar high to the coaching level and he could not emphasize it more.
“I’ve never turned down any opportunity that I feel can take something to another level,” he stressed.
Catch Montero’s full exclusive one-on-one interview with Brown as they talked about his famous dunk competition, his tips for the younger guys in the NBA, and many more only in FOX Sports Philippines. – By Jason Mercene
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