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Amid Cancer Fight, NBA Ref Tony Brown Returning to Work

Referee Tony Brown runs on the sideline during the first half of an NBA basketball game between the Detroit Pistons and the Toronto Raptors, Wednesday, March 17, 2021, in Detroit. NBA referee Tony Brown, who was diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer in March, says his treatment is going well and he’s hopeful of possibly returning to the court at some point this season.(AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)
Referee Tony Brown runs on the sideline during the first half of an NBA basketball game between the Detroit Pistons and the Toronto Raptors, Wednesday, March 17, 2021, in Detroit. NBA referee Tony Brown, who was diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer in March, says his treatment is going well and he’s hopeful of possibly returning to the court at some point this season.(AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)

(AP) -- Tony Brown usually isn’t that excited about being assigned a shift as one of the referees working in the NBA’s replay center.

That is, until now.