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Celtics get Brown as assistant coach

The Celtics and assistant coach Tony Brown came to terms yesterday after protracted negotiations. Brown will join the staff of new head coach Doc Rivers as a defensive coordinator of sorts, though the new assistant prefers not to be viewed as a specialist.

"I was happy to get everything worked out," said Brown, who was the lead assistant for the Raptors this season. "You always want to check out all your options before you make a decision. But I knew Boston was the right place for me."

Ultimately, the price and place were right for Brown, who always hoped to coach with longtime friend Rivers. The two have known each other since their high school days in the Chicago area. Brown will arrive in town Sunday and conduct draft workouts next week.

"They stepped up to the table," said Brown's agent, Warren LeGarie. "Once they expressed their interest in more than just verbal terms, it was a no-brainer for Tony. Boston was what he wanted."

SHIRA SPRINGER
 

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