The daughter of an NBA player or coach must make certain sacrifices. The league's time commitment could hardly be more demanding.
Maryland freshman guard Lexie Brown is a realist. She knows that her father – Sacramento Kings assistant coach Dee Brown – would have a difficult time breaking away from his team to watch Lexie and the Terps in Sunday night’s Final Four game against undefeated Notre Dame in Nashville, Tenn.
But she remained hopeful.
“Every year since about 10th grade he’s really missed a lot of my basketball seasons, but he’s always managed to make it to the state playoffs and now the Elite Eight game,” she said Thursday. “So it’s kind of a pattern. But I don’t mind if he even gets to watch one game. I’m just happy he can make it.”
Dee Brown was in Louisville on Tuesday night to watch Lexie score 20 points in Maryland’s victory over the Cardinals, which sent the Terps to the Final Four.
“Oh my God, it was awesome,” she said of the presence of her father, who played 12 NBA seasons, most of them for the Boston Celtics. “He’s watched all [the Maryland women’s games online] on Terps TV but it [Louisville] was the first live game he’s been to. Hopefully they’ll let him go for Sunday’s game also.”
Dee Brown was permitted to miss the Kings' game against the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday night to visit with Lexie before the Elite Eight. He has said he will try to attend the Final Four. The Kings have a game Sunday in Sacramento, but Brown and her teammates are hopeful he can get away again.