Farewell Kwame Brown: Defending His Career

Oct 11, 2013; Newark, DE, USA; Philadelphia 76ers center Kwame Brown (54) watches warmups prior to he game against the Boston Celtics at Bob Carpenter Sports Convocation Center. The Sixers defeated the Celtics 97-85. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Kwame Brown is finally gone. His release almost feels like the end of the Doug Collins era. Brown was signed by Collins for some odd reason, but he is finally out of Philadelphia. We are no longer paying him SIX MILLION DOLLARS to watch the Sixers from the floor and eat all the teams food.

Sixers coach Brett Brown had the following to say about Brown:

“Kwame’s injuries got the better of him,” first-year Sixers coach Brett Brown said. “Through his injuries, he was never really able to get on the court. We wish him well. I’m convinced that if he can find a career-best fitness level, that he still has value. A big man that can move like he moves, he is valuable. He’s too big and mobile not to if he can get in great shape. So we made the decision to open up roster spots and we have a little bit of flexibility and we wish both of them well.”

As much as Kwame has been bashed, I don’t think he’s as useless as some people view him. He’s lasted twelve years in the NBA for a reason. He’s not a beast, but he’s a serviceable seven footer. It’s funny, because for a while it seemed that Kwame Brown was never going to be cut. He wasn’t cut this off season, he lasted through training camp, without playing a single minute. But, in very Hinkie fashion, Kwame Brown was cut (along with Darius Morris) on a Wednesday night, a few hours before a game.

This all might spell the end of Kwame’s Brown 12 year NBA career. The regular fan might not have nothing positive to say about Kwame Brown, but that’s just the regular fan. The chips were stacked against Kwame the second he was taken with the No. 1 selection in the 2001 NBA draft. Brown would be considered a bust if he didn’t average 20 and 10 during his career. He’s a player that receives a heavy amount of criticism over a draft selection that he had nothing to do with. Let’s be realistic. If for some reason, a team called me and said they wanted to take me with the No. 1 overall pick, what am I going to say? Of course I’m going to tell them yes, of course I’m going to accept their selection.

Is there any human being alive that would do any different? Kwame Brown was put in a situation where all the pressure was on him and he couldn’t perform. Before we all go to bash him, would you perform with the pressure? Would you still be able to last 12 years in the NBA while being considered a bust since day one? I doubt it.

I applaud Kwame Brown for his NBA career. As you should too.

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