One of the more bizarre NBA stories has come to surface this week. According to Larry Brown Sports, Kwame Brown is trying to make a comeback with the National Basketball Association. The 6-foot-11, 290-pound center is widely considered one of the biggest draft busts, but he feels that he is now ready.
Earlier this month, Kwame Brown decided to sign with a sports agency called Interperformances. The move let the sports world know that Brown was trying to make a comeback with the NBA. At 34 years of age, the South Carolina native knows that he doesn’t have a lot of chances left to play basketball professionally.
Kwame Brown has not played in the NBA since 2013. While that might not seem that long of a time for regular people, it seems to be an eternity for professional athletes. Since the National Basketball Association is filled with world class athletes, one has to stay in incredible shape to stand a chance.
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During a dozen seasons in the NBA, Kwame Brown averaged 6.6 points and 5.5 rebounds. Those numbers are not going to lead him towards the hall of fame. However, people in the National Basketball Associations are not expecting that from Brown if he does successfully make a comeback.
Any NBA team looking to sign Kwame Brown should realistically expect a bench player who can provide approximately 10 minutes a game. Brown should be asked to rebound and defend with the second unit. Whatever points that he provides off the bench should be considered a bonus.
It will be quite difficult for Kwame Brown to receive a whole lot of minutes in the NBA because the game has transitioned quite a bit since his last stint. Teams are now looking for big men that can stretch the floor. That is not something that Brown brings to the table.
Interperformances made it a point to let interested NBA teams know that Kwame Brown was interested in a comeback because of his love for the game. Some might assume that Brown needs the money, but he would have needed to have made a ton of mistakes to blow through the $60 million he has already made in his career in the National Basketball Association.
An NBA team that can more than likely be ruled out is the Charlotte Hornets. The team is owned by Michael Jordan, who was the person in charge of the Washington Wizards when the franchise took a chance on Kwame Brown.
Another team that seems unlikely is the Detroit Pistons. Though Kwame Brown did play for them in the past, the team already has Andre Drummond, considered one of the best centers in the NBA. The Pistons are also spending close to $24 million on backup centers Jon Leuer, Aron Baynes, and Boban Marjanovic.
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has shown a willingness to think outside of the box. He might be willing to give Kwame Brown a chance, especially since his team needs front court depth. Brown could serve as an insurance policy behind new starting center Andrew Bogut, who has issues with injuries.
The San Antonio Spurs are another possibility. Tim Duncan has retired. Pau Gasol was signed, but his minutes should be limited. The only options at center off the bench are David Lee and Dewayne Dedmon. Kwame Brown might not be a guaranteed solution, but he does give LaMarcus Aldridge another big body to work with.
The odds are really stacked against Kwame Brown being able to make a comeback with the NBA. However, that should not stop him from trying. If he somehow succeeds, then this could be an excellent feel good story in sports.
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