The Resurgence of Elton Brand

A tiny part of me hates this, because I don’t like being wrong. I wrote off Brand after seeing him struggle through two injury ridden years. I had an open mind after reading that he slimmed down and was in great shape coming into 2010. But after a Celtic preseason game, where Stephen Lasme, Semih Erden and Glen Davis had there way with the former all-star, I gave up. I wanted to cheer for him, I wanted him to succeed because of how hard he has worked, but I didn’t think the talent was there anymore.
We’re only 5 games into the season, but I don’t think its too early to say that Brand is back. Through 5 games, he is our leading scorer and rebounder, and is shooting over 50% from the field and close to 90% from the stripe. Last night, I was a witness Brand’s dominance over Indiana. And Brand was dominant. I’m going to stop myself before I say that 2006 Elton Brand is back, because he isn’t… yet.  But he is blocking shots, fighting for rebounds, and knocking down shots from all over the court.  Oh, and through a week+ of basketball, Brand is the number one fantasy basketball player in the entire league so far according to Yahoo Sports.  Take what you want from that, but its gotta mean something.
On a completely unrelated note, I got home from the Wells Fargo Center  last night and watched the first half of the Kings/Lakers game. Granted, the Lakers were in town, and I suppose its close enough so that LA fans might have made the road trip to Sacramento. But there was not an open seat in the entire building. Sacramento, a city approximately 1/3 the size of Philadelphia, and without a great basketball history, fills their seats while there were maybe 5,000 fans watching the Sixers win last night. There were more people at the Celtics preseason game I attended a few weeks ago. It was pathetic. Sixers fans, seriously, try to make an effort to support your team.

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