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October 07, 2011

A good read involving Kwame Brown

I wrote several times last season about how Kwame Brown had to rebuild his self-confidence with the Charlotte Bobcats, particularly at the offensive end. It helped him greatly that Boris Diaw was such a skilled and willing passer into the post.

    Diaw refused to ignore Brown when he was open. It also helped that coach Paul Silas' only firm rule is you must shoot if you're open, regardless of whether you make the attempt.

    The reclamation project that was Kwame Brown was one of the bright spots for the Bobcats last season. If you're wondering why Brown's confidence was so shot, read this account, in Kobe Bryant's own words, of his interaction with Brown when the two were Lakers teammates:


Posted by Observer Sports on October 7, 2011 at 01:59 PM | Permalink


He (kwame) represents the absolute worst part about the nba lockout. eff all the fans and players and owners arguments. the guy can't win for losing. he finally finds a coach that is going to make a player of him and they're gonna end up cancelling the season.

that's wild.

Posted by: charlottean | Oct 7, 2011 6:05:02 PM

Kobe didn't know he was being videotaped in that discussion and I bet he won't be happy about the conversation leaving that room, despite what he said about being comfortable saying it "to their face".

Posted by: Jeff | Oct 8, 2011 1:00:05 AM

Thank you for the link, Rick; very interesting story indeed. Makes me think of another story of pressure of all sorts that used to undermine a player's confidence, vs. that player's talent and potential. That's Adam Morrison...

Here are the latest news on him, for all interested. He's playing now for Red Star Belgrade, one of the top Serbian teams. In a recent exhibition game, Ammo led his team to crushing a German team, with 17 points and 6 rebounds. He didn't lose any of his competitive fire, and it looks like he did some serious work-outs lately; he's now physically stronger than ever before.

I sincerely hope Adam will be very successful in the continuation of his pro career - whether this will be in Europe, or he'll ever be back in the NBA.
And of course, I hope for Kwame that he'll be back with the Bobcats after the lock out ends, and he'll keep up the upwards trend he started under coach Silas.

Posted by: Sandy | Oct 8, 2011 1:14:22 AM

the thing that drove me crazy about morrison is that we never gave him a chance to recover from his injury. he was NEVER a spot up shooter in his career. he was way more kobe than he was ray allen. and he lost a leg.

then when he came back brown was using him like he and matt carroll were the same guy. they traded matt carroll essentially to create a role for morrison and it just didn't make sense. then when he actually got PT that year, he made some plays. he had some nice 15/16 point games off the bench but it was mixed in with all of these situations where brown would substitute him in STRICTLY for a last second shot and so his %'s were HORRIBLE. the guy's career was essentially sabotaged by the situation.

with brown, he never had that excuse, he never had a game. he never had an injury. he was just never developed. but both are excellent examples of how the NBA can ruin players and create legends not by difference of talent or competition but because of the ideal situation or the worst possible situation. I would love to see morrison be the doug flutie of the nba but the league is so unforgiving I highly doubt he ever gets another shot regardless of what he does in europe.

Posted by: charlottean | Oct 8, 2011 1:21:12 PM

I'm not sure what point you're making. The whole point of the Bryant story is that he DIDN'T ignore Brown, and Brown still failed, mostly because of his own lack of his ability in his talent.

Sandy, Morrison never got a chance after his injury. He was one of the top ten rookies his first season, and could easily have stuck in the league, even if only as a deep bench shooter a la Korver or Kapono.

Posted by: MichaelProcton | Oct 12, 2011 4:52:33 PM

Kwame and Morrison were both 1st round busts and their own lack of drive and fire is the reason. Talent and desire are evident regardless of the situation, team or surrounding players.

Posted by: Sportsdon | Oct 13, 2011 9:08:55 AM

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