Daily Sports Smile: LSU unveils Dale Brown Court in honor of legendary coach
The LSU Tigers honored legendary basketball coach Dale Brown in a special way. On Tuesday, the Tigers dedicated their basketball court to Brown. The program officially unveiled Dale Brown Court inside the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.
Brown expressed his gratitude in front of the LSU faithful. He was joined by former players and coaches during halftime of Tuesday’s game against the Kentucky Wildcats.
“Thanks is a simple, one-syllable word,” Brown said in his speech. “But when used with sincerity, there is no more powerful word in the world.”
Brown left a major impact on the LSU program. He served as head coach for 25 years and had a 448-301 record. He won four SEC Championships and made two Final Four appearances. He was named SEC Coach of the Year four times and revolutionized LSU basketball.
According to the LSU official website, Brown accounted for 38.5% of the program’s victories in their first 89 seasons of basketball. He also holds the program record with 749 consecutive games coached.
Brown also developed several NBA players. His biggest stars were Rudy Macklin, John Williams, Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf (formerly Chris Jackson) and Pro Basketball Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal. Each player shined in key roles under Brown.
“I owe it to Coach Brown. He believed in me when I didn’t believe in myself,” O’Neal shared of Brown’s influence.
Several college basketball coaches congratulated Brown on social media. Auburn Tigers coach Bruce Pearl and ESPN analyst Dick Vitale shared heartwarming messages. Kentucky coach John Calipari hugged Brown after the game.
Brown’s influence extended throughout Baton Rouge. It reached around the globe and now his name will forever be remembered at LSU.
“(I’m) certainly happy for Coach Brown,” LSU head coach Will Wade said ahead of Tuesday’s game. “It’s an incredible accomplishment and incredible moment for him.”
LSU defeated Kentucky 65-60 to improve to 13-1 overall. The Tigers have won nine consecutive home games and were led by Tari Eason and Xavier Pinson. The duo combined for 24 points against the Wildcats.