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No one has the playoff perspective of Brown, who is competing in his sixth postseason on the 12th team in his 17-year NBA career. He won a championship with the Houston Rockets in 1995. The journeyman forward provides now veteran support off the bench for the Kings, the team with the league's best record. Sacramento won its first round series with the Jazz, 3-1, after two hard-fought victories in Utah and now advance to the Western Conference Semifinals to face the Mavericks.
After practice on Wednesday, Brown took the time to answer some fan e-mails.
What is it like to play with such explosive players like Bobby Jackson, Gerald Wallace, and Chris Webber? Also, how is this Sacramento team different from the other playoff teams with whom you have played? Thank and GO KINGS!!!
Brown: “I think it makes your job easier, and its fun to play with guys who are so unselfish and who go out and have fun. It’s just been a joy to be here. This team is just so unselfish, you have to get on guys to shoot the ball, and I’ve never been a team like that.”
Are you ready for the Mavs?
Brown: “We’ll be ready once Saturday gets here. We’re just preparing ourselves right now like watching film and scrimmaging, working on our free throws.”
How are you going to change your way of play against the Mavs from the way you played the Jazz?
Daytona Beach, Fla.
Brown: “I don’t think we’re going to change much of what we do, as far as our offense. We’re going to defend Dallas a little different than Utah, because against the Jazz we didn’t really play their centers and we gave them shots, but against Dallas you can’t do that. Their centers, like Raef LaFrentz can shoot the ball.”
When the Kings play at home, what do you think of the crowd
and the fans? I went to Game 2 and they lost but during the game when we were down by 15 the crowd was still going crazy and rooting for them. What does it feel like when they are all cheering for you? And what do you think of it?
Brown: “It’s unbelievable, they’re unbelievable. It just makes you feel like you can do anything and that you always have a chance in any game. I think it really makes it tough for other teams, because it gets our adrenaline going, which lets us do things we didn’t think we could do.”
It's cool talking to you because you have been one of my favorite players since you were part of the starting line of Houston (my fav team) championship teams. Anyways here is my Q for you: Which team have you most liked playing for in your career and do you think you might ever return to Houston?
Brown: “I don’t know if I’ll ever return there as a player, maybe as a coach or commentator or something like that. I think the year that we won the championship is definitely one of my favorite teams, just being apart of that in that environment was amazing. When you’re winning everything is good, so everything was really good back then.”
What do you guys do with so much time between Game 4 against the Jazz and Game 1 against the Mavs? Practice? Days off?
West Boyston, Mass.
Brown: “We had one day off, where I hung out with my family. We just went out to eat, went to the mall, and I took my daughter to play in the playground. We just relaxed basically. After that we’re just been practicing to get ready for Saturday.”