LAS VEGAS - After each practice, Kings assistant coach Dee Brown looks as if he just participated in a two-hour workout.
And that's because when Brown coaches, he really does participate.
Brown, the 12-year NBA veteran and former 1991 Slam Dunk Contest champion, is enthusiastically going about his new job with the Kings, which also includes his being director of player development.
Brown said a big part of his job will be to mentor rookies Ben McLemore and Ray McCallum.
"My player development is going to be on the court with the smalls and with the bigs," Brown said. "Overseeing everything that happens with pre-practice, post-practice, pregame, off days with all the players. That's something I've done for a long time, and I'm looking forward to it."
Brown, 44, retired as a player after the 2002 season with Orlando. He was a first-round draft choice by Boston in 1990 and also played for Toronto.
Brown most recently was an assistant coach with the Detroit Pistons.
"When I was putting together my staff, I really wanted to try and get some guys with the same ideals - young, passionate, enthusiastic, energetic," said Kings coach Michael Malone. "And I don't want to have to worry about motivating guys on my staff, and one thing about Dee Brown, I'll never have to worry about that. He does a great job. I think he's going to be a great asset for Ben and Ray. He'll do a great job with player development."
Brown's energy fits with Malone, who isn't shy about getting on the court and showing - rather than just telling - a player what he wants.
"(Malone) wants somebody that's going to be a clone of him," Brown said. "Somebody that's going to work hard, get after it, hold these guys accountable, and I try to do that every time I step on the court."
But Brown isn't on the Kings' staff just to be a live body in practice. Malone believes Brown's time as a coach and working in the NBA Development League has prepared him well.
Brown's first head coaching job was with the Orlando Miracle of the WNBA. He later coached the WNBA's San Antonio Silver Stars.
"It gave me a chance to learn how to teach," Brown said of his WNBA experience. "You have to teach fundamentals (because the WNBA) game is played below the rim. So everything is learning how to come off a screen on a pick-and-roll, learning how to play."
McCallum has known Brown since he was in high school, when they met at summer basketball camps. While playing college basketball at Detroit, McCallum said he occasionally saw Brown when he worked for the Pistons.
"Having him on the team has been great for me because he kind of knows my game," McCallum said. "And he was a great point guard himself. I'm just trying to take all the knowledge he's giving me and using that to my advantage."
That Brown is so involved on the court is something players appreciate.
"Every time we stretch, he's stretching," McLemore said. "Every time we do drills, he's out there doing the drills. He's out there busting a sweat out there just like us and getting us better."
Brown plans to pass along a lot about how to work like a professional. He learned quickly in Boston, where one of his teammates was the legendary Larry Bird.
And if effort isn't enough, McCallum and McLemore said Brown still has some skills.
"He tries to guard me a little bit," McCallum said. "One day we're going to get a good one-on-one game in."
That's another reason for Brown to leave practice looking worn out.