Stories on Roger Brown From Around the Web
A collection and sampling of what others are saying about Roger Brown's induction in to the Hall of Fame.
20 Second Timeout
From David Friedman: "Brown performed with elegance, he came up big in the biggest games--he and Erving share the ABA playoff single game scoring record (53 points)--and he made the most of his professional basketball career despite having several prime years stolen from him because of unfounded allegations about being associated with the infamous Jack Molinas."
New York Times
From William C. Rhoden: "In 1967, at 25, Brown left his job as the night-shift injection machine operator at the General Motors plant in Dayton to become the first player to sign with the Pacers. He played in five A.B.A. finals."
From Tom Lewis: "[H]is talent was never an issue and helped push the Pacers to three ABA championships in the early '70's."
Sekou Smith's Hang Time Blog
From Scott Howard-Cooper: "Daniels led to Brown this summer through the same ABA channel Colangelo, the chairman of the Hall, instituted in 2011 to give special attention to areas of the game he felt had become overlooked. And that same category could lead to election in the years ahead for two strong candidates from the Pacers’ ABA days, coach Bob Leonard and forward George McGinnis."
Also from Scott Howard-Cooper: "Roger Brown was a reserved man. He would have been gracious at the podium if he had lived to see his Hall of Fame enshrinement, those who knew him best say. Public displays of emotion were not his thing. But how could this not be a special vindication? Brown was so blatantly wronged, guilty of nothing more than questionable choice of friends, and now he is being enshrined in Springfield, Mass. Now he is part of the legacy of the game that gets celebrated."
Dayton Daily News
From Tom Archdeacon: "A high school hoops sensation from the Bedford Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, the 6-foot-5 Brown came to UD in the fall of 1960 and joined a talent-laden freshman team that included Bill Chmielewski, Gordie Hatton, Chuck Izor and Jimmy Powers. A year later, the same team — minus Brown — would win the then-prestigious NIT."