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Sixers coach Collins: Kwame Brown is our starting center

Jul 18, 2012, 11:34 AM EDT

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Sorry Sixers fans.

I know I tried to defend the Kwame Brown signing to a degree, because he’s an average NBA journeyman center and you are paying him like one. It’s not a bad deal and if he’s playing 15 minutes a night off the bench.

But if he is the starting five… well, that’s what Philly coach Doug Collins has planned, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Speaking Tuesday afternoon at a news conference at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Collins said he expects to start Brown and slide Spencer Hawes, last season’s starting center, over to power forward in a lineup that will also see Jrue Holiday, Evan Turner, and Andre Iguodala back in the starting lineup….

“Again, we’re not asking him to come in here and be the No. 1 pick like back then,” Collins said. “He’s coming to a place where he feels good about. I think we’re going to see the best of what Kwame has to offer.”

The idea is just get him to play post defense, rebound and stay out of the way of Jrue Holiday and Andre Iguodala. It sounds feasible on paper. It’s what Phil Jackson did when he got a team that started Kwame and Smush Parker to the playoffs. Of course, the Lakers ditched both those players as fast as they could.

My guess is this experiment ends before Christmas.

  1. rajbais - Jul 18, 2012 at 11:49 AM

    Stephen A. Smith is reporting that crack has hit the Wachovia Center.

    Chris Mannix confirms it.

    • CJ - Jul 18, 2012 at 12:20 PM

      must have happened a long time ago then. It’s a good thing it hasn’t hit the Wells Fargo Center yet or this team would be REALLY screwed.

      • rajbais - Jul 18, 2012 at 12:22 PM

        My bad. Stephen A. Smith is reporting that crack has hit the Wells Fargo Center. Chris Mannix confirms it.

    • skids003 - Jul 18, 2012 at 12:32 PM

      IF STephan A is reporting it it’s probably wrong. He got every prediction in the playoffs wrong. If that’s the best ESPN has to analyze basketball, they need their head’s examined.

      • rajbais - Jul 22, 2012 at 9:36 AM

        Predictions and reports are two different things. Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated got his NBA finals prediction wrong when he picked Oklahoma City (I on the other hand picked Miami).

        Does that mean that he is clueless about league transactions, trades, signings, hirings, and firings?

        Also is Mannix clueless about the league and it’s transactions when he keeps kissing Ricky Rubio’s butt because he was dumb enough to predict that Ricky Rubio was going to be a star in the NBA and he in Spain were going to beat the United States in 2008 for a Olympic gold? Of course he is not clueless, but he was way too unfair on Team USA when we were seven points away from getting to the gold-medal game two years before in the 2006 world championships and did that without Kobe Bryant. I knew that with Kobe Bryant and guys with improving games on team USA that we were going to win the gold because nobody else in Europe or other foreign countries added things to their games. They might improve their stats, but they don’t add much to their games as much as we do.

        Plus, we usually did better after every world championship. We either need to follow on our faces or get a good idea what’s going on two years before every Olympiad and then do better once the Olympics come. He never brought that up he used the bull crap continuity argument that was better off being used 4-6 years prior to the 2008 Olympics.

        Plus, Stephen A. Smith was the first guy I heard talk about Dwight Howard going to the Brooklyn Nets and why he wanted to go to there. He might have crappy predictions, but that does not mean that he cannot report about league.

        Plus, a big problem with today’s NBA analysts is that they don’t want to admit that the regular season is more irrelevant than the postseason time. The days of a 1972 Los Angeles Lakers winning 69 games, having a record 33 game winning streak and the Chicago Bulls winning a record of 72 games and winning championships during those seasons are over.

  2. aldavis4president - Jul 18, 2012 at 11:57 AM

    Kwame Brown iz nuthin special but very few centers in this league are gna back him down n own him in the paint. I wasn’t happy when my warriors got him last season but he plays good with a good PG which I think jrue Holliday is. Good pick up for cheap imo.

  3. jwreck - Jul 18, 2012 at 12:15 PM

    How embarassing.

  4. cantonbound13 - Jul 18, 2012 at 12:21 PM

    What happened to good centers in the NBA? Olajuwon, Ewing, Shaq, Robinson? Will we ever see an era like that again?

    • heyblueyoustink - Jul 18, 2012 at 12:49 PM

      They all want to pretend at being shooting guards.

    • saintlaron - Jul 18, 2012 at 8:32 PM

      Well there is currently Aaron Gray… LOL

  5. lakerluver - Jul 18, 2012 at 12:22 PM

    WOW!! I remember when that dude was a LAKER. I’ve never seen an NBA big man with a worse set of hands. The ball would land right in his paws and KB would either drop or fumble the pass. Dude couldn’t catch a cold!!

  6. cornbreadbbqred - Jul 18, 2012 at 12:25 PM

    As a Laker fan, all I can say is good luck Philly. I would start Smush Parker as center before I would Kwame on a legitimate NBA contending team. Hope I never have that as an only option as a coach. Doug, what are you thinking?

    Kwame should be sentenced to playing at least two years X’s and O’s basketball under Bobby Knights tutelage as repayment and punishment for stealing all the money he has made in his charmed a career as an assumed serious athlete.

  7. tonystrong - Jul 18, 2012 at 12:33 PM

    If the Sixers are relying on Kwame Brown to breakout, there season is over before it starts. What the Sixers really need is for Evan Turner to breakout. If he can become the scorer and rebounder the Sixers thought he can be when they drafted # 2 overall, the Sixers have a chance to be as good as they were last year. Meaning a 6 thru 8 seed and out in the first round. And all you people saying “they were a second round team last year and took Boston 7”, keep in mind that they don’t beat the Bulls if Derrick Rose is healthy. Heck, they don’t beat him if Noah stayed healthy that series!

    • Flashmob 215 - Jul 18, 2012 at 2:37 PM

      Pure disrespect at the end, lol. We cant even get credit for being as good as Boston? No if’s…if Rondo didn’t suddenly find a jumper Sixers would have beat Boston. IF Sixers would have won the division they would have a top seed. IF Evan Turner had a jumpshot he would be the best player in the NBA. IF Wilt only scored 99 nobody would be impressed.

  8. drunkenjunk - Jul 18, 2012 at 12:34 PM

    why Hawes at the 4?

    • slopmcflop - Jul 18, 2012 at 2:39 PM

      I really don’t understand this insistence either. Not very often you see a 7+ foot 4.

      Hawes is perfectly built for the 5 position. He boards, can generate enough offense, adept passer from the post, can defend adequately. But that is against other 5’s. Put him on 4’s where he’ll be pulled from the paint often, I’m not sure he’s going to be able to contribute as much. Will probably have a harder time defending against the tweener types as well. Whatcha thinkin Philly?

    • controlledchaos123 - Jul 18, 2012 at 2:42 PM

      They don’t think he’s strong/tough enough to play center. He’d rather take jump shots then attack the rim.

  9. justwannawinna - Jul 18, 2012 at 12:39 PM

    Damn and here I hoped iggie would get traded for a starting shooter like rudy gay or mayo on sign and trade ..

  10. dacapt704 - Jul 18, 2012 at 1:58 PM

    Mike Woodson said the same thing about Jeremy Lin too…how’d that work out?

  11. eaglessuperfan - Jul 18, 2012 at 4:44 PM

    Love you a lot Doug, but I think your starting to fall in love with your own ability here my friend. This is the classic case of the great coach thinking the average player under him can finally realize his potential. I think you can count on one hand how many time’s that works out. In defense of the Sixers if they are able to make this team work they will have a very large amount of cap room to land a big name next year. I would agree that right now that seems far fetched, but with another good year with Doug it would become much more of a possibility.

  12. fanz928 - Jul 18, 2012 at 5:59 PM

    I’m sure Doug Collin could teach kwame a little shake n bake

  13. pgh75 - Jul 18, 2012 at 6:10 PM

    As Stephen A Smith would say a bonafied scrub.

  14. jammer73 - Jul 18, 2012 at 7:08 PM

    You know your team sucks when your starting 5 is KwomAAAY Brown!

  15. icewinna0 - Jul 19, 2012 at 1:33 AM

    Didn’t Philly sign Lavoy Allen earlier in the offseason too? I’d start him over Kwame Brown. Than Spencer Hawes an efficient player when healthy (Philly’s best center). I’d probably choose Nikola Vucevic over Kwame. I know Doug Collins wants to “fix” Kwame Brown… But that’s just disrespectful to start one of the greatest draft busts of all time over some guys who got you a playoff series win and pushed Boston to 7 games in the semis.

  16. skinsfanwill - Jul 19, 2012 at 12:45 PM

    It really doesn’t matter who the heck they start at the 4 or the 5. None of the big men on that roster will make an impact in the playoffs. That team revolves around Jrue and Turner. They shopped Iggy all summer. If they show up, they will compete.

  17. flyerscup2010 - Jul 20, 2012 at 10:12 AM

    please kill me

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