Hubie Brown joins ABC as TV analyst
New York, NY (Sports Network) - Hubie Brown, who retired from his position as head coach of the Memphis Grizzlies last month, has a new job.
On Tuesday, the 71-year-old Brown joined ABC as a television analyst. He will work with play-by-play announcer Al Michaels on select regular-season and playoff games. Brown is expected to make his debut on Christmas Day when the Los Angeles Lakers play the Miami Heat. That game also marks Shaquille O'Neal's return to LA to face his former team.
Brown cited unspecified health concerns for his decision to leave his coaching job, which brought an end to a 33-year basketball coaching career including 13 seasons as an NBA head coach.
Brown won the NBA Coach of the Year Award for the second time in his illustrious career last season after leading Memphis to its first playoff appearance in the franchise's 10-year history.
Under Brown's tutelage, Memphis finished the 2003-04 regular season at 50-32, a 22-win improvement from the previous year.
Brown returned from retirement to become the Grizzlies' sixth head coach on November 12, 2002. Brown led the New York Knicks to two playoff appearances during five seasons (1982-87) and the Atlanta Hawks to three playoff appearances in five seasons (1976-81).
In his 13-year coaching career with the Hawks, Knicks and Grizzlies, Brown has a regular season record of 424-495.MEM