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Kobe doesn’t get why Philly paid Kwame Brown so much

Oct 12, 2012, 1:03 PM EDT


This summer, desperate for a center and before they traded for Andrew Bynum, the Philadelphia 76ers reached a deal with Kwame Brown. He makes $2.8 million this year, $2.9 next season if Brown picks up his player option. Which he will. So Kwame Brown will pocket just shy of $6 million.

A lot of people from Philly shook their heads at that one (but not coach Doug Collins). And while Sixers fans don’t really accept Kobe as one of their own, he’s from the area and he doesn’t get it either.

When Kobe was smashing Smush Parker the other day, he fired at Kwame as well, reports the Los Angeles Times.

“I don’t know how he convinced Philadelphia to cough up $7 million a year,” said Bryant, slightly inflating Brown’s salary. “They want to lock us out, but they’ll pay him $7 million.”

So you don’t like the idea of the veteran Brown as Andrew Bynum’s mentor, just like in L.A.?

“You know what, he may have showed Andrew a couple of things though, especially on screen-and-roll coverages and one-on-one defense. Offensively? No way,” Bryant said. “Kwame, he’s a great defensive player. He’s one of the best defensive big men I’ve ever seen. But in terms of offense, he was challenged.”

Brown is a good one-on-one post defender, which makes him a great practice partner for Bynum. His rotations and his screen-and-roll coverages are not as good as Kobe seems to remember.

And “challenged” is a kind word for Brown’s offensive game. Then there are the mental aspects of the game, where Kobe compared Kwame to “Weekend at Bernie’s.”

Any other former Lakers Kobe wants to smack around now? Maybe some Chucky Atkins smack? Tierre Brown?

  1. sellahh - Oct 13, 2012 at 8:00 AM

    This article doesnt let me know if Kwame actually makes 3 or 7 million a year. That’s great, great journalism.

    • sellahh - Oct 13, 2012 at 8:00 AM

      or im blind, nvm

  2. omniusprime - Oct 13, 2012 at 9:05 AM

    Kwame Brown was never god enough to hang with Kobe and the Lakers. Kobe is correct in wondering why any team would pay this bozo so much money but pro athletes are the most overpaid over hyped people on the planet.

    • 24thesho - Oct 14, 2012 at 11:40 AM

      No, but apparently he was “good” enough to be in the NBA, however terrible he is.

    • macka4 - Jan 11, 2013 at 9:07 AM

      Only Philly made this mistake? How bout every team he’s played for?

  3. omahakidw - Oct 15, 2012 at 12:06 PM

    Kobe is an IDIOT”, I could care less about the comments he makes as far as it relates to being a :winner: useing his words, my question however is this….’DOES THAT INCLUE BEING A :BOY: WHO HAS TO LURE WOMEN TO HOTEL ROOMS AND ATTEMPTING TO GET THEM BECAUASE HE`S LACKING ? Kobe , go do what you do best and “SHUT THAT HOLE IN YOIUR FACE” !

  4. omahakidw - Oct 15, 2012 at 12:08 PM

    Kobe is as smart as they come, thats why he is paying to keep his wife, probably should have stuck with the GIRL in Colorado. After being with her, why would he go back to his wife. ? He probably should have went to the Clippers.

    • badintent - Oct 17, 2012 at 1:03 AM

      Wow go to Clippers, that is street sewer getthoe nasty !! But I like it , yes I do ! Can we get the $ 5 million dollar makeup rock re-appraised ?? With Liz Taylor’s rock going from $ 5 million to $12million in only 19 years, you gotta think Kobe made a smart biz decision. Like the last Nike commercial, Kobe makes a fol of himself in front of a lot of really smart folks. Nah, just joking boys, Kobe just snooping, sonning, flying chopper, paying divorce lawyers, …………………………..

  5. uscthom78 - Oct 28, 2012 at 12:28 AM

    Why can’t kobe mind his own business? I seems that he likes to intentionally personally insult former teammates (starting from the real superman). STFU, u are lucky that you aren’t in colorado for the rest of your life.

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