On Thursday, January 28 tulsa66ers.com sat down with shooting guard Cecil Brown. He was drafted in the third round of this year's NBA D-League Draft by the 66ers, and through the All-Star break is averaging 14.4 points, 2.4 rebounds and 2.3 assists. The Inglewood, CA native's favorite novel is Brave New World and his favorite author is Aldous Huxley. He also played volleyball in high school.
posted by Tulsa66ers.com | February 15 @ 1:45 pm
Tulsa66ers.com: Where have you played professionally since your collegiate days at UC-Santa Barbara?
Cecil Brown: My first year I played in the NBA D-League, with the L.A. D-Fenders. And then right after that I played in France in a little town called Brest. And of course, I'm here this season in Tulsa.
How was that experience in France for you?
CB: It was very different from L.A., I'll just put it like that. It was very laid-back, and almost completely opposite of being in L.A., so it was a good experience. It wasn't really a culture shock, but more the way of life was a slower and it was a refreshing change.
Do you think that the style of play was different overseas compared to the NBA D-League?
CB: Oh yeah, it was very different. The biggest thing was adjusting to the defensive style over there, things that I thought were fouls just weren't called over there. There was a lot of pushing and holding off the ball...and then coming back to the U.S. where they call that stuff as fouls again, but it's just part of being a player.
What, if anything, are the biggest differences between playing in Tulsa and in L.A.?
CB: I think the biggest thing has been the involvement of the Oklahoma City Thunder in the development of players. I feel really appreciated being here and having feedback from the Thunder almost daily is a huge benefit as a player. I mean, (Thunder Head) Coach Brooks came to a practice earlier this year, and for a head coach to come to a practice, during our practice time was a huge difference and made a big impression for me. It seems like everyone is happy with me being a veteran presence and doing what I have been doing.
CB: This is my second year playing in this league, and I think I can help this team by letting some of the guys new to the NBA D-League know how to conduct themselves on and off the floor, just what to expect during the season. We have a lot of talented players and so on the court, so my role has changed some so far this season. Like when we had a couple bigs come down from the Thunder, I would spot up and find the open area....and now, I need to be more aggressive on the offensive end. On defense, I think everyone's role is about the same, you know we all need to talk and communicate on that end of the floor.
Describe your experience at the NBA D-League Showcase this year?
CB: It was a lot of fun, and I was very proud of the way our team played during the Showcase. Nobody really went out there and made a fool of themselves by trying to do too much or trying too hard to impress scouts. Our team pretty much played the way that we've played all year. That made it a good experience for me.
Is there anyone currently in the NBA that you would pattern your game after or who you've been compared to?
CB: I don't really know, because they all can jump a lot higher than me. That's a hard question...but probably one of the old school guys, like Del Curry who plays hard and hits open shots. I wish I could say someone like a LeBron James but no. [laughs]
What is your favorite road trip of the season and why?
CB: I would have to think about that one...I really look forward to going to L.A. every time we go there because I'm from there. But I also enjoy going to Sioux Falls or Maine, because of the atmosphere when you go there. I mean, you get to town and people want to chat with you about the D-League, about the team your playing and the fans are just pumped up.
What's on your IPOD right now?
CB: Maxwell, his latest album. "Pretty Wings" is my song on there. My mom is a huge Maxwell fan so I grew up listening to him.
Have you seen any good movies lately?
CB: I've heard some really good things about The Book of Eli , so I'm looking forward to seeing that. I'll get back to you on how it is.