Kwame Brown will forever haunt the Washington Wizards franchise. The No. 1 overall pick in 2001 was a colossal disappointment in D.C. — and a gigantic stain on Michael Jordan’s scouting resume — lasting four laughable seasons in the nation’s capital before being traded to the Lakers for Caron Butler, Chucky Atkins and a massive sigh of relief from the Wizards’ fan base.
But give the big man who skipped college for his NBA lottery payday credit: 12 years after one of the biggest draft day blunders in recent memory, Brown is still in the league (albeit with his sixth different team) — and still making us laugh.
After his Golden State Warriors lost to the Lakers on Friday night, Brown was quick to point out his pivotal role in the maturation of Los Angeles big man Andrew Bynum.
“That was my young fella,” Brown told Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times. “I taught him everything he knows.
“I’m one of the better defenders in the league and we played against each other every day in practice. I told him if you can score against me, you can score on anyone.”
With knee-slappers like that one, it’s a wonder Brown hasn’t traded in his 6.8 points and 5.6 rebounds per game averages for a stand-up gig.
One of the best defenders in the league? Really?
That must explain the 22.4 career minutes per game average and zero blocks Brown has this season.
But you can’t fault Brown for trying to hitch his ride to Bynum’s soaring value. Now in his seventh year in L.A., Bynum is averaging career highs in points (18.8) and rebounds (15.7) for a Lakers team trying to stay near the top of the Western Conference despite a frustrating offseason.
“Kwame and I are friends,” Bynum said when asked about Brown’s tutelage. “We used to talk about cars. We went bowling too.”
With Sunday’s win over Memphis, the team finished off a 10 games in 15 days stretch to open the season with a sixth consecutive home victory. All that work has likely left little time for old friends to catch up at the bowling alley.
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