Brown was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2000 with the Curt Gowdy Award, given annually to a broadcaster for outstanding contributions to basketball. He was inducted in the Hall of Fame as a contributor in 2005. Brown was also inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame as a contributor in 2006.
Brown has a combined ABA/NBA record of 528-589.
“Coach Attles and Coach Brown have made gigantic and wide-ranging contributions to the NBA game and coaching profession over the last several decades,” NBCA president and Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle said in a statement.
Members of the NBCA selection committee include Bernie Bickerstaff, Billy Cunningham, Joe Dumars, Phil Jackson, Gregg Popovich, Pat Riley, Donnie Walsh and Lenny Wilkens.
Prior recipients are K.C. Jones and Jerry Sloan (2016), Dick Motta (2015), Bickerstaff (2014), Bill Fitch (2013), Riley (2012), former Hawks coach Lenny Wilkens (2011), Tex Winter and Jack Ramsay (2010) and Tommy Heinsohn (2009).