Rick Brunson (b Eric D. Brunson), a retired professional basketball guard and star at Salem High School, was born in Syracuse, N.Y. on June 14, 1972.
He moved to Salem and lived in the Collins Cove section of town when he played at Salem High School.
He is currently an assistant coach for the Charlotte Bobcats.
Brunson credits coach Jack O'Brien at Salem High School and John Chaney at Temple as inspiration for his rise in pro basketball.
1995–1996 Adelaide 36ers (Australia)
1996–1997 Quad City Thunder (CBA)
1997; 1998–1999 Connecticut Pride (CBA)
1997–1998 Portland Trail Blazers
1999–2000 New York Knicks
2000 Boston Celtics
2000–2001 New York Knicks
2001–2002 Portland Trail Blazers
2002–2003 Chicago Bulls
2003 Toronto Raptors
2003–2004 Chicago Bulls
2004 Progresso Castelmaggiore (Italy)
2004–2005 Los Angeles Clippers
2005–2006 Seattle SuperSonics
2006 Houston Rockets
Vertical File in Salem Collection - Brunson, Rick
"Mr. Work Ethic; Brunson credits move to Salem and O'Brien's guidance to NBA success" Salem Evening News, Dec. 7, 1999, p. C1
"Salem native joins Chicago as assistant coach" Salem Gazette, Nov. 12, 2010, p. 17
Legendary Locals of Salem Curley, Malcolm, Dionne, p. 121