Tag:Kwame Brown
Posted on: January 13, 2012 6:47 pm
Edited on: January 13, 2012 7:15 pm

Warriors release Ish Smith to sign Earl Barron

Posted by Ben Golliver ish-smith

The roster churn continues in the Bay Area.

The Golden State Warriors have released guard Ish Smith, according to the Contra Costa Times. Smith, 23, was signed to a non-guaranteed contract. He appeared in six games for the Warriors, averaging 5.3 points and 1.8 assists.

HoopsWorld.com reports that the Warriors will use Smith's roster spot to sign free agent big man Earl Barron to a "partially-guaranteed" contract. SI.com confirms the report.

Barron, 30, went to training camp with the Portland Trail Blazers but was released after the team signed free agent big men Kurt Thomas and Craig Smith. Barron has played five seasons in the NBA, including stops with the Miami Heat, New York Knicks, Phoenix Suns, Milwaukee Bucks and the Blazers. Barron is a lithe 7-footer with a limited offensive game. His career averages: 5.1 points and 3.7 rebounds in 110 appearances.

The moves come one day after starting center Kwame Brown was lost to a chest injury that is expected to sideline him for at least three months. The Warriors got hammered in the paint by Orlando Magic All-Star center Dwight Howard on Thursday night, as he erupted for 45 points and 23 rebounds while drawing an NBA-record 39 foul shots.

The Warriors were previously linked to free agent center Kyrylo Fesenko two weeks ago but instead decided to sign athletic guard Nate Robinson, who was bought out by the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The Warriors, under first-year coach Mark Jackson, are 3-7 on the season.
Posted on: January 12, 2012 3:17 pm
Edited on: January 12, 2012 3:21 pm

Kwame Brown out 3 months with chest muscle tear

Posted by Ben Golliver kwame-brown-gsw

The Golden State Warriors can't catch a break.

After losing starting point guard Stephen Curry to an ankle injury, again, the Warriors announced on Thursday that starting center Kwame Brown will miss three months, and perhaps more, witha torn muscle in his chest.
Results of an MRI performed yesterday on Golden State Warriors center Kwame Brown revealed a torn pectoralis major (the large chest muscle that attaches to his right shoulder), which will require him to undergo surgery within the next few days, the team announced today. The surgery, which has not yet been scheduled, is expected to keep him out for a minimum of three months.

“Obviously, we’re very disappointed, especially for Kwame, who was playing extremely well and had worked diligently since his arrival,” said Larry Riley, the team’s Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations/General Manager. “In a short time, he had proven to be the anchor to our low post defense and certainly lived up to his reputation as one of the top interior defenders in the NBA. He had provided us a big, physical presence in the middle, which is something that we’ve lacked in the past. Unfortunately, surgery of this nature typically requires, approximately, a three-month recovery period.”

The injury occurred at the 6:22 mark of the fourth quarter during the Warriors’ game against the Miami Heat on Tuesday, January 10.

“I feel extremely bad for Kwame,” said Head Coach Mark Jackson. “He had done absolutely everything that myself and our coaching staff had asked of him and quickly started to change this team’s image on the defensive end of the floor. If you look at the last week, in particular, he had some pretty impressive defensive performances, especially against some of the top scoring big men in the NBA. This is a blow, but Kwame and the Warriors will recover and move forward. I know that he will work as hard as he can during rehabilitation.”
The Warriors conclude their 2011-2012 regular season on April 26, approximately three and a half months from now. That doesn't bode well for Brown's availability this year.

Brown, 29, signed a 1-year contract worth a reported $7 million with Golden State during the December free agency period. The size of the contract raised some eyebrows but it wasn't terrible. Starting centers come at a premium price in the NBA and the Warriors struck out previously in attempts to land DeAndre Jordan and Tyson Chandler. With this news, Golden State now has the worst of both worlds: an overpaid center and a hole in the middle that he should be filling but can't due to injury.

Known as a solid low-post defender, this injury hits Golden State, currently ranked No. 23 in the NBA in defensive efficiency, right in the gut. Warriors coach Mark Jackson will now need to turn to Andris Biederins and Ekpe Udoh in the middle while perhaps running more non-traditional small ball lineups. 

Brown averaged 6.3 points and 6.3 rebounds in 20.8 minutes per game in nine games this season. 
Posted on: December 13, 2011 11:09 am
Edited on: December 13, 2011 12:00 pm

Kwame Brown signs with Warriors

By Matt Moore

Kwame Brown (Getty)Ken Berger of CBSSports.com reports that Kwame Brown has signed a one-year deal with the Golden State Warriors for $7 million dollars.

The Warriors had signed DeAndre Jordan to an offer-sheet this weekend but the Clippers matched the offer on Monday and will keep the younger, more talented center for a hefty price. The Warriors have been shopping for a center this offseason to beef up their defensive front. It was widely speculated that they would amnesty Andris Biedrins, but instead used the clause on Charlie Bell

Brown is notorious as a bust for Michael Jordan's Wizards, and for being complicit in the playoff disasters of the mid-00's Lakers. But very quietly he had a quality season in Charlotte. He's not worth $7 million but for a one-year, desperate to get a center, it's not the worst move in the world. He is wildly overpaid but looking around the center-short league, it's hard to find many outside of Dwight Howard who aren't overpaid. 

Still, not exactly the start Golden State was hoping for under new ownership from Joe Lacob and Peter Guber, a new management committee and new coaching under Mark Jackson.
Posted on: November 30, 2011 12:39 pm
Edited on: November 30, 2011 9:55 pm

2011 NBA Free Agency Buzz 11.30.11

Posted by EOB Staff

On a shortened schedule with the conclusion of the NBA lockout, free agency is going to be fast and furious. To keep track of all the wheelings, dealings, rumors, and reports, check Eye on Basketball daily for the Free Agency Buzz. 

Wednesday, November 30th

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  • ESPN the Magazine reports that the Warriors have reached out yet again to the Grizzlies regarding a trade for Monta Ellis, this time involving Rudy Gay in exchange for the scorer in addition to another asset. The Warriors' other asset to move would be Andris Biedrins, who, in combination with Ellis would represent over $20 million in assets. Kind of a lot for the Grizzlies to take on. Ekpe Udoh is another choice, as the Warriors are said to be pursuing a center in free agency. The Grizzlies have repeatedly said they are not trading Gay, but continue to be involved in conversations to the contrary, because, well, that's how the NBA works.
4:34 p.m. ET
  • According to USA Today, Oklahoma City and Nate Robinson are currently working on a buyout. Why? Why not keep him on and let him just expire? For one, the roster spot. It frees Presti to use it on a D-Leaguer he likes or even to sign someone. Secondly, you have to pay him less, presumably. And third, OKC doesn’t need a fourth point guard. Robinson wasn’t happy at all with his situation in OKC and with Reggie Jackson now in the mix, the Thunder don’t have any plans for Robinson.

3:26 p.m. ET

  • ESPN.com reports that the New Jersey Nets will pursue both Nene Hilario and Tyson Chandler, in hopes of landing one of the two. And then the plan could be to use one as bait for Dwight Howard. I bet Brook Lopez is just thrilled about this.

3:03 p.m. ET

  • The Detroit News reports that the Detroit Pistons do not plan to waive a player using their amnesty clause. The most likely candidates would have been guards Richard Hamilton and Ben Gordon and forward Charlie Villanueva. Hamilton is entering the final fully guaranteed year of his contract and Gordon is productive even though he's overpaid, so Villanueva was the player who was spared the most here. 

2:54 p.m. ET

  • SI.com reports the following suitors for New Orleans free agent forward David West: Indiana Pacers, Golden State Warriors, Washington Wizards in addition to the Hornets.

1:18 p.m. ET

1:00 p.m.

  • Billy King, GM of the Nets, spoke with Howard Beck of the New York Times and confirmed that the Nets will be offering Deron Williams an extension first thing. Williams can't sign it until December 9th, but that's OK since Williams has already said he's going to wait and see how things play out (read: see if the Nets can actually convince any other talent to join him there). There's a reason the Nets are trying so desperately to add talent in free agency and trade. 
12:31 p.m.
  • On WEEI in Boston, Jackie MacMullen of ESPN.com and a longtime Celtics writer said that Glen Davis drove the Celtics "crazy" by continuously missing fitness guidelines and chasing stats to help his contract versus the team. All of this leads her to the conclusion he won't be re-signed by the Celtics. Not a huge shocker, considering the way Davis' season ended, but it will make him one of the mid-level free agents on the market. His weight is a long-term issue, but he's also an exteremely capable defender and a player who can finish around the basket. He'll get offers.  (HT: RedsArmy)
  • The Knicks need a big man, and they're likely going to get one in free agency, even if it's a short-term solution. Marc Berman of the New York Post says the following names are on their radar: Kurt Thomas, Kwame Brown, Tony Battie, Theo Ratliff and Aaron Gray. Brown is likely the biggest name on that list, but mostly because of his notorious bust status. However, Brown quietly had a quality season for the Bobcats last year and brings a lot of what the Knicks are looking for. He might actually be out of their price range, as crazy as that sounds. Gray is another quality option who had big minutes for the Hornets last year when Emeka Okafor was out with an injury. (HT: PBT)
Posted on: October 7, 2011 12:38 pm

Kwame Brown and a question of confidence

By Matt Moore

The Washington Post brings us a tale from Kobe Bryant, who visited a college classroom and answered questions earlier this week. During the discussion, Kwame Brown came up and Bryant told the kind of story that is at once sad and mockable. It is not the quintessential Kwame Brown story (either Jordan's treatment of him or the infamous story about him buying new suits every day because he didn't know how to get dry cleaning done take the cake). But it's certainly up there. Video of Bryant relaying the story is available at the Post, but here are Jordan's words, courtesy of Michael Lee: 
“I got to say, it was tough doing it that year. I was playing with guys, God bless them — God bless them — but Kwame Brown. Smush Parker. We had one game right before…by the way, what I say here, I say directly to them, see what I’m saying, I don’t talk behind people’s back. Things that I say to you, I’m comfortable saying this to them and I’ve said this to them...But like, the game before we traded for Pau, were playing Detroit and I had like 40 points towards the end of the game. This is back when Detroit had Rasheed [Wallace], Chauncey [Billups] and those guys, so we had no business being in the game. So down the stretch of the game, they put in a box and one. So I’m surrounded by these players, Detroit players, and Kwame is under the basket, all by himself. Literally, like all by himself. So I pass him the ball, he bobbled it and it goes out of bounds.

“So we go back to the timeout and I’m [upset], right? He goes, ‘I was wide open.’ ‘Yeah, I know.’ This is how I’m talking to him, like, during the game. I said, ‘You’re going to be open again, Kwame, because Rasheed is just totally ignoring you.’ He said, ‘Well, if I’m open don’t throw it to me.’ I was like, ‘Huh?’ He said, ‘Don’t throw it to me.’ I said, ‘Why not?’ He said, well, ‘I’m nervous. If I catch it and he foul me, I won’t make the free throws.’ I said, ‘Hell no!’

“I go to Phil [Jackson], I say, ‘Hey Phil, take him out of the game.’ He’s like, ‘Nah, let him figure it out.’ So, we lose the game, I go the locker room, I’m steaming. Steaming. I’m furious. Then, finally I get a call, they said, ‘You know what, we got something that’s happening with Pau.’ I was like, ‘Alright. Cool.’…That’s what I had to deal with the whole year.”
via Kobe Bryant has a Kwame Brown story - Wizards Insider - The Washington Post.

This isn't really surprising if you understand the context. On the surface, yes, any professional athlete saying they don't want the ball is worth commentary. It's just not what you expect. If you're at this level, you should be able to handle that pass and score unguarded.

But that ignores context. Brown exists as a punchline, as an example of how the draft can fail you, of how prospects don't pan out. (It should be noted that Brown's 2010-2011 season with the Bobcats was actually pretty good. He wasn't great, but he was good enough to start for the Bobcats, which is an improvement.)  But Brown more accurately represents why the NBA so desperately needs to augment the D-League. Brown was forced into a hyper-stressful situation immediately upon being drafted, under the eye of the greates player in the history of the sport, who, let's be honest, is kind of a jerk even when he's not being hyper-competitive. Then he was traded to the Lakers and expected to be the go-to center for the second best shooting guard of all time, who also tends to err on the side of "all-out obsession with winning." Brown's confidence was shattered. He was drafted for his talent while his skills were never developed, they were just expected to blossom. And the result was a player who didn't want the moment. He was aware of his shortcomings, to a fault.

Arrogance is the most mocked attribute a player can have, even more so than a lack of talent. But it's that arrogance that allows players to make the attempt on the play they need to make. It's not whether that player can hit that shot, it's that he has the confidence to take it. Him hitting it is the responsibility of coaches and GMs to find the guy who can. But instead of wasting the millions on Kwame Brown and being bitter towards him, wouldn't it be better to work with him until he's able to contribute?

But instead we're just left with the punchline, feeling sorry for Kobe Bryant who had to suffer through that period with a player who didn't want the ball, marking the first time we've ever talked about Kobe Bryant NOT wanting a shot.  
Posted on: March 9, 2011 11:27 pm
Edited on: March 10, 2011 3:57 pm

Carlos Boozer sprains ankle, X-rays negative

Chicago Bulls forward Carlos Boozer sprained his left ankle during the fourth quarter of a game against the Charlotte Bobcats. Posted by Ben Golliver.

Update (Thursday): Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau says Boozer will miss "between a few days and a week" and is listed as day-to-day, according to the Daily Herald.

When you're Kwame Brown, sometimes you've just got to let the frustration out. That's what happened during the fourth quarter of Wednesday night's game between the Charlotte Bobcats and Chicago Bulls, as Brown flagrantly fouled Bulls forward Carlos Boozer with the Bobcats trailing big. 

Boozer suffered a left ankle sprain on the play and departed to the team's locker room without shooting his free throws. The Associated Press reported that Boozer's "left leg bent awkwardly as he hit the floor." 

After the game, the Chicago Tribune reported that Boozer underwent X-rays on his ankle, which came back negative. The paper also noted that Boozer will be "re-evaluated on Thursday" and that he was not immediately available to the media after the game. The Bulls next play on Friday against the Atlanta Hawks in Chicago's United Center. Boozer's status for that game is not yet known.

It's been a tough season injury-wise for Boozer. Back in January, Boozer sprained the same left ankle, an injury which caused him to miss some time and forced him to wear a protective boot. Before the regular season started, he fractured his right hand, an injury which caused him to miss October and November.

Boozer finished the game with 10 points, seven rebounds, one assist and one block in 26 minutes. The Bulls defeated the Bobcats in Charlotte, 101-84. The win improved Chicago's record to 45-18 and dropped Charlotte to 26-38 on the season. 
Posted on: January 26, 2011 12:13 pm
Edited on: January 26, 2011 12:30 pm

Game Changer 1.26.11: Beatdowns and takedowns

Beatdowns, takedowns, and shakedowns all in today's Game Changer. 
Posted by Matt Moore

Each game is made up of elements which help formulate the outcome. Monday through Friday, we'll bring you the elements from the night before's games in our own specialized version of the game recaps. It's not everything that happened, but it's an insight into what lead to the results you'll see in the box scores. This is the Game Changer.   

THE BIG ONE: L.A. beat the crap out of Utah

I have no other way of discussing this. None. Utah was overwhelmed in every facet of the game to the furthest degree. It wasn't the Cavaliers game, but it was pretty embarrassing. But don't take my word for it. From Silver Screen and Roll on the SBNation Network:
The cushion reached 17 in the first quarter, 28 at halftime and 33 late in the third. Utah never made a run that was even mildly threatening. That the game got out of reach early meant plenty of garbagio time for the scrubs, who did some nice things of their own. Luke Walton made all four of his shots (seriously?), Devin Ebanks buried a step-back three, and Derrick Caracterflashed some aggressive D at the rim. Top grades all around!

As a team the Lakers made 68% of their twos and 44% of their threes - easily their best shooting night of the season. They also did a great job of getting to the free-throw line, a direct result of their relentlessness in attacking Utah's sluggish team D. The Lakers were just faster to every spot on the floor, which forced the Jazz to clutch and grab all night long.
via Lakers 120, Jazz 91: Wire to Wire Ownage - Silver Screen and Roll .

Yeah, that's pretty much how that went. The Jazz' defense is completely out of sorts right now. Al Jefferson was atrocious, and he's going to have to be the difference maker if that team is going to go anywhere. Granted, in years past, the Jazz would fire out strong in January then fade in April, so maybe this year will be the reverse, but at some point, the Jazz have to be concerned of how far they're going to fall in the standings and who they'll wind up facing in the first round. Because if it's the Lakers, at this point you have to assume that's going to be a pretty quick series. 


Kwame Brown: 13 points, 18 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, 1 block Wait, Kwame Brown?!


Pau Gasol: 20 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists


Brendan Haywood gave Blake Griffin an elbow contusion with this takedown. Haywood says it's not a flagrant. What do you think?

Posted on: January 3, 2011 4:45 pm
Edited on: January 3, 2011 5:48 pm

Bobcats' DeSagana Diop out for year with Achilles

Charlotte Bobcats center DeSagana Diop will miss the rest of the season with a ruptured right Achilles tendon. Posted by Ben Golliver. desagana-diop

Charlotte Bobcats center DeSagana Diop will miss the rest of the 2010-2011 NBA season after an MRI confirmed a rupture of his right Achilles tendon, the team announced on Monday.
Charlotte Bobcats center DeSagana Diop will be sidelined for the remainder of the 2010-11 season after a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) confirmed a rupture of his right Achilles tendon. Diop suffered the injury during the second quarter of Friday’s game against Golden State.
The 7-0 Diop, who was acquired by the Bobcats via trade on Jan. 16, 2009, has appeared in 552 career NBA games spread between Cleveland, New Jersey, Dallas and Charlotte. He has career averages of 2.1 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.1 blocks, while shooting .433 from the field. This season, he appeared in 16 games with averages of 1.3 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.0 blocks in 11.3 minutes.
Diop, despite standing seven feet tall and being drafted in the lottery, isn't very good at basketball. He's played sparingly for the Bobcats this season, averaging 1.3 points, 2.5 rebounds and .9 blocks in 11.3 minutes in 16 appearances, all off the bench.

Diop is in his 10th season as a pro, and his current contract runs through the 2012-2013 season. He makes $6.5 million this season and will be paid $6.9 million next year and $7.3 million in the final year of his deal. 

The Bobcats have found themselves in a number of trade rumors this year (here, here and here), and Charlotte surely wouldn't have minded moving Diop's contract in a larger trade. Indeed, his name was brought up in recent rumored trades involving Los Angeles Clippers point guard Baron Davis and Portland Trail Blazers point guard Andre Miller

This injury news makes that trade possibility a bit more remote, although not impossible, because most teams would have traded for him as a salary number rather than as a player. 

In Diop's absence, the Bobcats and new coach Paul Silas will continue to use Nazr Mohammed and Kwame Brown in the middle.
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