Does Former Illini Star Dee Brown have a Future Coaching Basketball? (Videos)

He’s one of the most iconic players in recent college basketball history, and the face of Illini basketball for half a decade. Dee Brown, an All-American, and winner of the 2006 Cousy Award (given to the nation’s best point guard) was the cover boy for SI’s 2005 March Madness issue. During that Final Four run, his “poppin your collar” move became a national trend. He didn’t invent; he just brought it back and made it huge.

As accomplished a college basketball player as Brown was, his NBA career is a microscopic footnote as best. He did score 10 points once in a Utah Jazz 2007 playoff game alongside his Illinois running mate Deron Williams, but that was pretty much it. He’s a fine overseas player, and he’ll continue contributing in those leagues for awhile, but what coaching after it’s all said and done?

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Fighting Illini Basketball Sets Date, Player List for Alumni Game

Many of the best Illinois college basketball players from the past two decades will play on the Assembly Hall floor again for the 2011 Fighting Illini Alumni Basketball Game, Saturday, Aug. 6.

All former members of the Fighting Illini basketball program have been invited back to campus for the reunion weekend.

A lot of Illini have already committed to play and the list will continue growing between now and 8-6-11.

By Paul M. Banks

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Dee Brown’s misadventures with Italian Police

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By Paul M. Banks

Illini legend Dee Brown made some headlines over the past couple of days because he had a little run-in with the law in Italy; the country where he is currently playing professional basketball. Just outside of of Naples, one of his teammates got into a car accident, and now Brown has been accused of assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest. He took to his blog to deny these (potentially false) allegations. Whether he’s innocent or guilty remains to be seen, but knowing what I know about most of the Illini fanbase, I’m sure 99.9999999% of Illini fans think he’s innocent.

He certainly IS GUILTY of poor editing, bad typing skills, misspelling, horrible punctuation, awful sentence structure and atrocious grammar, as his blog proves. This is surprising, given what a great interview he always is. And if he wants to tell me how atrocious my ball-handling and defense on the court is- that’s fine! It would even out the previous sentence.

But for more on his side of the traffic incident story…

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