Alabama Basketball Legend Continues to Teach Defense in NBA as Assistant Coach with Houston Rockets

If you have ever pondered the best pair of defensive guards in Southeastern Conference basketball history, the names T.R. Dunn and Anthony Murray are at the top of the list. They created nightmares for opposing backcourts. Any discussion considering a different duo is short-lived. Round ball historians are near unanimous in their opinion. Dunn and Murray reign as the all-time shut down pair.

T.R. Dunn earned a reputation as a fabulous ball defender for 14 years with three NBA programs, Portland Trail Blazers, Denver Nuggets and Phoenix Suns.  He was a second round draft choice in 1977, 41st overall.  The 6-4, 192 pound stopper extraordinaire was named NBA All-Second Team three times (1983-85).  He was a member of the 1975-76 Alabama squad that came within an eyelash of defeating the eventual NCAA and last undefeated Division I basketball team, Indiana (32-0), losing 74-69 in a regional semifinal in Baton Rouge.

Professional basketball coaching has been his calling ever since 1991except for the one season at Alabama (2001-02).  Currently, the West End HS (AL) product is on his second stint as an assistant coach with the Houston Robert. caught up with Dunn and Rockets guard Patrick Beverley on their West Coast visit to play the 2015 NBA Champion Golden State Warriors.  The veteran coach details the keys to defending superstars of the game, offers advice for aspiring college players seeking a roster spot in the NBA and comments on the state of the Tide basketball program.  Beverley, a third-year guard from Arkansas, spoke of Dunn’s coaching style.


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