Brown Shares His Thoughts

Currently an assistant coach with the Roanoke Dazzle of the National Basketball Developmental League, Chucky Brown is a busy man.

However, the former Wolfpack star always makes it to NC State games when he was back in the triangle, as he lives in Cary, North Carolina.

Like most, he was surprised to hear that Herb Sendek was heading to Arizona State but admitted that he could understand Sendek's decision.

"I was surprised," Brown said. "I know that it seemed like after every loss he was catching some heat about it, and I didn't think that was fair. From what I understand his family stopped coming to the games... that ain't right.

"If you've got a problem with the coach, that's cool, but don't bring his family into it. I'm sure he could have handled the things being said about him, but when you start bringing a man's family in you are talking about something serious.

"I was really shocked to see him leave. I'm stubborn, and I'm not going to let anybody run me out of anywhere, but he's got to do what's best for his family. If he felt like that was the best move for his family then go right ahead."

An All-Atlantic Coast Conference performer in 1989 at NC State, Brown led the Wolfpack to the 1987 ACC championship and was the leading rebounder in the conference in 1989.

He went on to play 13 seasons in the National Basketball League, and he played in 694 NBA games with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Lakers, New Jersey Nets, Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets, Phoenix Suns, Milwaukee Bucks, Atlanta Hawks, Charlotte Hornets, San Antonio Spurs, Golden State Warriors and Sacramento Kings. Sharing the record with Tony Massenburg for most NBA teams played for in a career with 12, Brown averaged 5.9 points and 3.1 rebounds. He also played professionally in Italy.

Herb Sendek
A Wolfpack legend, Brown has an outgoing personality and is great to talk to about all issues relating to NC State athletics. One topic that really angered Brown was Tommy Burleson's recent comments in the media about coach Sendek and the situation at NC State.

"I heard about that and that was wrong," said Brown. "I really don't care if he has a problem with me or not for what I'm about to say because I don't care. I think it was wrong.

"They give us tickets to the game and we sit right on the front row, and then you are going to turn around and bash the dude. I heard what he said, and I talked to Chris [Corchiani] about it. If you've got something negative to say about Herb, don't put it like all former players have problems with Herb, because I didn't have a problem with Herb. He has to do his job.

"Tommy hasn't talked to me. The only thing Tommy Burleson has ever said to me was 'Hello Chucky.' That's it. I've never had a drink of water with Tommy Burleson. I think it's wrong for him to come out and say he talked to all these players. Who are the players? Say their names then if you're man enough to say all of that. Don't lump me in a group, and I didn't have a problem with the guy. Now you've got Herb wondering if I'm one of the guys that had a problem with him. Don't do that. That's wrong and that's childish."

Now that the Herb Sendek era is over at NC State, the head coaching position is open. Brown believes the Wolfpack must hire a top-notch coach with a big-time reputation.

"I'll tell you like this, I think with the way things went down, I think you've got to bring in a big-name guy," Brown said. "You've got to bring a guy in that can lure the better players away from North Carolina and Duke. That's our biggest competition recruiting-wise.

"I think we're losing to Carolina in recruiting, but I think we've got to bring in a guy with a big-name."

Brown already has the ideal candidate in mind.

"Everybody keeps mentioning Rick Barnes," he said. "Rick Barnes has been in the ACC before, and I have no problem with Rick Barnes. However, he's got a great situation at Texas. It's going to take some serious money to get him out of there.

"Now, let's look at a guy like Tubby Smith. Kentucky is upset with him but Tubby is a good coach. Tubby didn't have a good team this year, but he got to the tournament and still had a chance to beat Connecticut.

"I think if the money is right, Tubby would come. Money talks. Tubby went to High Point, and High Point is about two hours away from Raleigh. I think a guy like Tubby Smith would be good."

Tubby Smith

Should NC State even try to lure a big-time coach to Raleigh? Some media outlets have stated all week that AD Lee Fowler will be unable to do that because NC State is not a premier job, and the Wolfpack will never be able to compete with neighbors Duke and North Carolina.

"I think those are some silly comments," said Brown. "We went on probation, and Herb actually brought the program back to respectabilty. He was here 10 years, but he was still building what he wanted. He was still getting the players in to fit his system.

"I think we were able to compete with Carolina and Duke. I didn't see where they totally dominated us. I think Carolina dominated us that last game at the RBC Center, but we had a chance to beat them over there. We had a chance to win at Duke. Isn't that competing? It's not like we aren't able to compete with them.

"I do think Carolina and Duke are more popular, and that might be what they mean by those comments. You can go to Oakland, California and see Carolina or Duke hats. You won't see an NC State hat over there.

"If you look at things, Herb did struggle against Carolina or Duke. But who has a winning record against Carolina or Duke in the conference? Nobody. So what's the problem? I just think the fans were a little too harsh on him."

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