There’s an awful lot to unpack here but the one constant is that during the past week, retired NBA veteran Kwame Brown has completely changed the narrative of his 12 year NBA career.
The often injured Brown played in a total of 607 and had career averages of 6.6 points, 5.5 rebounds while shooting 49% from the field for the various NBA franchises that he suited up for. Throughout his career Brown played for the Washington Wizards, Los Angeles Lakers, Memphis Grizzlies, Detroit Pistons, Charlotte Bobcats, Golden State Warriors, and Philadelphia 76ers.
During this past week Brown has posted to his YouTube page to respond to the likes of former teammate Stephen Jackson, Matt Barnes, and Stephen A. Smith of ESPN fame.
Drafted in 2001 as the number 1 overall pick of Michael Jordan and the Washington Wizards, Brown was labeled as a draft bust early on and some 20 years later, the label stuck. The label of draft bust has defined the entirety of his NBA career and even after due to some media members using him as the butt of jokes.
For his career Brown earned nearly $65 million dollars as a utility player, be it due to injuries or a mix of bad playing styles on some of the teams that he’d played for; however any basketball player that earns a roster spot on an NBA team is a success.
During one of his recent podcasts Brown indicated that he was never supposed to play for the Washington Wizards, he was to be drafted and then traded to the Chicago Bulls for Elton Brand.
The irony here is that the Bulls would still trade Brand but for the draft rights to Tyson Chandler and not Kwame Brown so there’s validity to Brown’s story.
Perhaps the biggest crime of Brown’s career was the false narrative that he was a bust, a narrative that was largely created by Stephen A. Smith.
More on Page 2