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Former Duke Assistant Hubie Brown Honored

Former Bubas assistant wins award named for another former Bubas assistant.

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Basketball Hall of Fame Announces Class Of 2005
Hubie Brown as he was announced for the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2005.

This is pretty cool: former Duke assistant Hubie Brown is a co-recipient of the 2017 Chuck Daly Lifetime Achievement Award (Al Attles was also honored).

Daly and Brown worked for Vic Bubas in the 1960’s with Daly getting there in 1963 and Brown in 1969, near the end of Bubas’s legendary run.

It says a lot about Bubas’s eye for talent. Daly had a great run with the Bad Boys in Detroit and Brown made his own name in coaching and broadcasting.

Brown had an interesting basketball career. He played at Niagara, along with Frank Layden, who later coached the Jazz, and Larry Costello, who coached the Milwaukee Bucks and the Chicago Bulls.

In a small coincidence, he grew up in Elizabeth, New Jersey, which is also the hometown of Duke one-and-done Kyrie Irving.

After Duke he coached the Kentucky Colonels of the ABA to a championship and then moved to the NBA after the merger where he coached Atlanta before replacing the great Red Holtzman with the Knicks.

He also coached the Memphis Grizzlies and worked in broadcasting where he has always been brilliantly insightful.

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