Mike Brown, a veteran of 11 NBA seasons as a player and two seasons as an assistant coach in the NBDL, took over the reins of the Fayetteville Patriots on September 16, 2004. Previously an assistant coach for the Roanoke Dazzle, Brown replaces Jeff Capel, who took a position as an assistant coach for the Charlotte Bobcats.
Brown helped Dazzle head coach Kent Davison to a 46-50 NBDL regular season record over the last two seasons, including an NBDL postseason berth in 2002-03. His first coaching work came as an assistant for the ABAs Las Vegas Slam during the 2001-02 season.
A Newark, N.J. native, Brown played in 626 NBA games for the Chicago Bulls, Utah Jazz, Minnesota Timberwolves, Philadelphia 76ers and Phoenix Suns from 1986-87 through 1996-97, primarily as a backup known for his professional smarts and blue-collar work ethic.
Brown, 39, who averaged 5.0 points and 4.4 rebounds in his NBA career, was a third-round pick in the 1985 NBA Draft (69th overall) by the Bulls. Brown went from Scott High School in East Orange, N.J. to star collegiately at George Washington, where he ranks second in career scoring (1, 916) and rebounding (1, 066) and completed his degree in criminal justice in three-and-a-half school years.
Known for his rebounding and defensive ability in the low post, Brown began his pro career in Milan, Italy in 1985-86 for Aurora Desio, before reaching the NBA the following season with Chicago. He spent two years as a Chicago backup, then was selected by Charlotte Hornets in the 1988 NBA Expansion Draft, but was dealt by the Hornets later on draft day to Utah for forward Kelly Tripucka.
Brown played every regular-season game for Utah in four of his five seasons with the Jazz (1988-89 through 1992-93), where he was a teammate of Columbus Riverdragons head coach Jeff Malone. In 1991-92, Brown had his best offensive regular season, averaging 7.7 points for a Utah club that reached the Western Conference Finals.
Brown, who made 112 NBA regular-season starts and played in 44 NBA playoff games, was dealt in June 1993 to Minnesota for center Felton Spencer, then spent two seasons with the Timberwolves before finishing his NBA career with the 76ers and Suns and shuttling between Europe and the NBA. He played in Italy for most of three seasons, then finished his playing career in Spain from 1998-99 through 2000-01.
As a collegiate player, he led the Atlantic 10 Conference in rebounding three straight seasons (1982-83 through 1984-85) and was a three-time All-Atlantic 10 selection. Brown is a 1994 inductee of the GW Athletic Hall of Fame, and was named to the Colonials All-Century Basketball Team, which also includes NBA coaching legend Red Auerbach.