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Kwame Brown signs deal with Michael Jordan's Bobcats

Aug 23, 2010, 3:13 PM EDT

kwame brown.jpgKwame Brown and Michael Jordan are together again.

Bet you didn’t see that coming. But Brown has signed a one-year deal at the veteran’s minimum to play for the Charlotte Bobcats next season, according to ESPN’s Marc Stein. He had played the last two seasons with the Pistons.

Michael Jordan gets credit in most people’s thinking for ruining Kwame, the former No. 1 overall pick. That is true only in this sense — he drafted him No. 1. It was not the pressure and yelling of Jordan that did it.

Kwame was never ready to be taken that high, to have that kind of expectations placed upon him. Some guys were ready out of high school, guys like Kobe Bryant and Kevin Garnett and LeBron James came in as much (or more) swagger than game. They loved the game, believed in themselves and wanted the challenge.

Kwame Brwon simply was not mentally built like that. He was not ready for the setbacks — where KG reacted to every setback by setting his jaw and fighting to overcoming it, Kwame wilted. That was not Jordan’s intense style, it was Kwame. He took it personally. Everyone had advice for him — from fatherly to screaming — that first year in the NBA and it overwhelmed.

He was not ready to be on his own. He didn’t even know how to take his suits to the dry cleaner — I’m not kidding. Read this great old article from the Washington Post about Brown’s rookie season (rediscovered by our own Matt Moore). Brown was a fantastic physical specimen who knew how to say the right things, but was not really ready. Isiah Thomas saw it where Michael Jordan did not.

Brown can still do a couple things well — he’s a good defensive rebounder, and if you ask him to play man-up defense on another big body (ala Yao Ming or Shaquille O’Neal) he can be surprisingly effective. On offense, there is not much. But Phil Jackson got the most out of him because he understood the limitations and used him within that. Larry Brown can do the same thing.

Just don’t blame Jordan for Kwame. Blame Kwame for the cake throwing all you want, however.

  1. Queen City - Aug 23, 2010 at 3:50 PM

    Wow! Just when I wondered where the Bobcats were going to find the extra 5 points & 3 boards…. this is the final piece of the puzzle. This is the year we pass Atlanta as consistent playoff team with no chance of winning a title.

  2. whatthehell - Aug 23, 2010 at 9:48 PM

    You can’t be serious. Is this so Jordan can take out revenge by beating him every day in practice? I can’t believe this.
    Bobcats… you were so close to competing. Now… just wow. By the time you solve this riddle, Gerald Wallace and Stephen Jackson will be too old. And you’ll be back to rebuilding.

  3. bridge ak. - Aug 24, 2010 at 12:03 AM

    That is a good pic up for the price, and he can get his little hookk off when ever he wants, just follow on the boards, depending where one of those swings are at, and one waiting to get back looking for the opp. teams outlet pass, he’s work in Chicago also, and once his confidense is built up, I bet he can put a lot of nay sayers to rest, he is still a young guy, Chi should have done more with a lot of centers they had, Oldham for 1…

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