Chucky Brown comes home for hoops camp honoring father
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LELAND, NC (WWAY) -- Former NBA player Chucky Brown always had a reputation of being a traveling man in the league. Today Brown traveled home, returning to his roots to take part in a basketball camp at North Brunswick High School.

Brown is a NBA record holder. He suited up for 12 different teams. It's a record he shares with two other players.

The former NC State Wolfpack standout played for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Lakers, New Jersey Nets, Houston Rockets, Milwaukee Bucks, Atlanta Hawks, Charlotte Hornets, San Antonio Spurs, Golden State Warriors, Phoenix Suns, Dallas Mavericks and Sacramento Kings.

"Actually I used to joke about the record," Brown said. "In fact I would always laugh about, and now I'm part of the record."

Friday the Clarence Brown Basketball Camp wrapped up at North Brunswick High School. Chucky's first name is actually Clarence, but the camp is named in honor of his father, who was fire chief of Navasssa and died three years ago.

"He actually started the fire department several years ago because someone's house burned down that he knew," Brown said. "It took some time to get the department going, but he got it going."

Sixty-six Brunswick County students participated in this week's basketball camp. Clearly, the highlight turned out to be Friday morning when the local icon showed up to share his knowledge of the game.

"I learned a lot about basketball, layups, free throws and other things to improve my game," said NBHS freshman Quran Mitchell, who thought it was cool to meet Brown.

Ironically the final day of this basketball camp turned out to be day No. 1 of the NBA lockout.

Brown is currently a scout for the New Orleans Hornets. He can certainly relate to the lockout. He was actually locked out in 1999.

"It was a different time back then," Brown said. "The country was actually flourishing. Now is not a good time to be arguing about millions of dollars when you have people out there losing jobs and houses."

And when the lockout ends, perhaps Brown can play for a 13th team.

Brown started his NBA career in 1989. He won a championship in 1995 with the Houston Rockets.

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So proud of Chucky and how he honored his dad, who was a dear friend of my uncle, Dennis Smith. My uncle died 16 years ago. He proudly followed Chucky's elementary, high school, and college careers. Good job, Chucky!

I have known Chucky for more than 15 years. During this time, he has been a dear friend and teammate. He is honest and most of all trust worthy. His father was a straight shooter and was proud of his son. He walked upright but spoke very gentle. Although Chucky still can't beat me on the court (haha), his life is something to be proud about and I look forward to seeing how CHucky continues to carry his family name in the future. Go State!