Dee Brown | Sacramento Kings
Dee Brown joined the Sacramento Kings coaching staff on July 9, 2013 as Director of Player Development and assistant coach under head coach Mike Malone. Prior to joining the Kings' staff, Brown served for two seasons in a similar capacity with the Detroit Pistons under head coach Lawrence Frank.
Dee Brown became the Armor's first head coach and director of basketball operations on July 29, 2009, leading the team to a 20-80 record over two seasons before joining the Detroit Pistons as an assistant coach prior to the 2011-12 NBA season. In his two seasons with the Armor, Brown had one player, JamesOn Curry, earn a GATORADE Call-Up (to the Los Angeles Clippers in January 2010). During Brown's tenure, three NBA players were assigned to the Armor a total of five times and one Armor player, Scottie Reynolds, earned recognition as a 2011 NBA D-League All-Star.
Prior to joining the Armor, Brown served as a coach with the WNBA's Orlando Miracle (2002) and San Antonio Silver Stars (2003-04). While in Orlando, Brown also served in a variety of capacities with the Orlando Magic, including as a special assistant to the operations staff, director of player development and a community ambassador. In addition to coaching, Brown had also worked as an analyst for ESPN and NBA Fastbreak, and served as the host of the television show ďCity SlamĒ, where he traveled around the country to find the best street ball dunkers in America.
Brown was selected with the 19th pick of the first round in the 1990 NBA Draft by the Boston Celtics and went on to play 12 seasons in the NBA with the Celtics (1990-98), Toronto Raptors (1998-2000) and Orlando Magic (2000-02). Brown holds NBA averages of 11.1 points, 2.6 rebounds and 3.7 assists in 608 career games. During the 1991 NBA All-Star Weekend, Brown captured the Slam Dunk Contest title in memorable fashion, performing his famous "no-look" dunk to secure the crown. Brown was also named to the NBA's All-Rookie First Team for the 1990-91 season.
A native of Jacksonville, Fla., Brown became one of six Jacksonville University players to have his jersey retired after a standout career (1987-1990) that saw him score 1,503 points and finish in the top ten in school history in four categories. Brown is also a member of the school's hall of fame.
John Picard | Boston Celtics
John Picard joined the Boston Celtics Interactive Media Department on December 3, 2012 as Interactive Videographer. Picard serves as the team videographer and editor covering games, press conferences, community events and directs studio productions. Prior to joining the Celtics' staff, Picard served for three seasons as the Armorís first NBA FutureCast Director.
John Picard became the Armor's team FutureCast Director on November 22, 2009. In his three seasons with the Armor, Picard, along with a first rate crew, helped develop a look and flow to the production that earned the Armor respect across the league. During Picardís tenure, the team and the production crew were awarded the franchiseís first NBA D-Leagueís Game of the Week, featured on NBA TV.
Prior to joining the Armor, Picard served as a videographer and editor with several news organizations. He gained experience with WWLP TV22, WGGB ABC 40, WVIT NBC 30, as well as a Rhode Island sports show titled Sports Page Live.
John Picard is a native of Chicopee, MA, and attended Chicopee Comprehensive High School.
Eli Pearlstein | Brooklyn Nets
Eli Pearlstein joined the Brooklyn Nets Public Relations staff on October 11th, 2013, and serves as the teamís Public Relations Manager. Before joining the Nets, Eli spent three years with the Springfield Armor, first as the Marketing and Public Relations Manager in 2010, then as the Director of Marketing and Public Relations in 2011 before transitioning to the role of Director of Public Relations in 2012. He played an integral role in the Armorís growth in popularity, and the team experienced an increase in attendance each year during Eliís tenure.
Prior to joining the Armor, Eli worked on event marketing and sponsorship sales for United Sports Associates. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Connecticut where he received a B.A. in Journalism and Political Science with a minor in History. While in college, he served as the Sports Director for WHUS-Storrs, UCONNís student radio, and wrote extensively for GateHouse News Media Inc.
Eli is a native of Swampscott, Massachusetts.