DeCovan "Dee" Brown
DeCovan Kadell "Dee" Brown (born November 29, 1968, in Jacksonville, Florida) is a former professional basketball player. A 6'1" guard from Jacksonville University, Brown was selected by the Boston Celtics with the 19th pick of the 1990 NBA Draft. He spent twelve seasons (1990–2002) in the NBA, playing for the Boston Celtics, Toronto Raptors, and Orlando Magic, and he scored 6,758 total points. One of the highlights of his career occurred in 1991, when he won the NBA Slam Dunk Contest with a "no-look" slam dunk. Brown later served as a coach in the WNBA, and in 2005 he won a one-year contract as a studio analyst for ESPN as the winner of the reality show Dream Job. Dee Brown was traded by the Celtics along with Chauncey Billups to Toronto in 1998.
In 1989, Reebok introduced "the Reebok Pump" shoe to the basketball world. Enormous sales numbers where seen in 1991 and the increase in sales has been attributed to then Boston Celtic rookie Dee Brown.
During the 1991 All-Star weekend Slam Dunk contest Brown sported the black, white, and orange Pumps.
Brown started off with a slowly in the competition, but eventually found himself in the finals, pitted against a heavily favored Shawn Kemp. During the finals of the dunk contest, it was neck and neck, two evenly matched juggernauts matching highly skilled dunk after highly skilled dunk... Then, on the third and final dunk, Brown did something that nobody predicted... He took it to the next level. Before Brown took off for his final dunk he leaned over, and in a moment that will forever be remembered by basketball fans everywhere, he pumped up his Reeboks, and then proceeded to throw down the contest clinching dunk (covering his eyes with his arm). He then calmly leaned forward and deflated his pumps. The crowd went wild, and the Reebok Pumps gained instant notoriety as kids everywhere felt like this sneaker could take their game to the next level.