Trans. Jun 23 2:49 ET (Jun 23 2:49 ET ) Greg Oden has had years to think about the plight of his knees, and still has no good answers. The No. 1 pick in the 2007 NBA draft is a poster child for big man bad luck, an epidemic that's been sweeping the league for years. The latest victim seems to be Joel Embiid, a 7-footer expected to be the No. 1 pick in Thursday's draft before a recently suffered stress fracture in his right foot almost certainly robbed the former Kansas star of that chance. For every huge success story like the ones from Shaquille O'Neal, David Robinson, Tim Duncan and Hakeem Olajuwon, there's been the cautionary tales of Sam Bowie, Pervis Ellison, Michael Olowokandi, Kwame Brown and Oden.
It was Jan. 22, 2006. The Lakers were actually struggling against the Toronto Raptors, trailing by 14 at the half on their home court. This was a Lakers team that started Kwame Brown and Smush Parker (I still say getting this team to the playoffs was one of Phil Jackson’s great coaching jobs), so if…
It's early still, but Cleveland Cavaliers rookie forward has arguably been the worst-performing No.1-overall draft pick of the lottery era. In the first 31 games of his NBA career, Bennett has put up stats of 2.4 ppg on 26.9 percent shooting and 2.2 rebounds in 10.4 minutes per game. His PER of 1.1 rates 10.1 units worse than the rookie mark of legendary bust Kwame Brown , and a 5.4-foul 36-minute average suggests that he'd nearly foul out in every game with a starter's minutes. It's hard to imagine a worse beginning to his pro career, particularly considering that Cavs fans have started booing him somewhat regularly.
Yet Bennett is still just a few months into that career, so it's worth considering how his season might be salvaged. One option, considered by our Kelly Dwyer in late December , would involve making Bennett the first top pick to spend time in the D-League. It's a possibility that the player himself now seems to be open to, as well. From Mary Schmitt Boyer for The Cleveland Plain-Dealer :
Each week we'll ask questions about the Sixers to our basketball analysts and see what they have to say. Running the Give and Go this week are CSNPhilly.com Sixers insider Dei Lynam, CSNPhilly.com columnist John Gonzalez and CSN producer Sean Kane. Let's get started: What do you make of Sixers releasing Kwame Brown and Darius Morris? Lynam: The cutting of Kwame Brown was, for me, long overdue.
COMMENTARY | On Wednesday, the Philadelphia 76ers released Kwame Brown. "If he can find career-best fitness, he still has value," Sixers coach Brett Brown was quoted as saying in a CSNPhilly.com article by John Finger. Brett Brown didn't just say that Kwame Brown needed to be fit; Judging by Brown's career, the bar isn't set very high.
The Scoop:Brown averaged 1.9 points and 3.4 rebounds in 22 games -- 11 starts -- for Philadelphia this season. The first overall pick in 2001 by Washington has been nothing short of a bust in the NBA. This could be the end of his career.
The Philadelphia 76ers have waived former No. 1 overall pick Kwame Brown. The Sixers ended Brown's disappointing two-year stint when they cut ties with him on Wednesday. Brown had yet to play this season and appeared in only 22 games last year in the first season of a two-year contract. Brown never lived up to the expectations heaped on him after he skipped high school and was picked No. 1 overall by the Washington Wizards in the 2001 draft.
If you’re a team looking for a backup big man to soak up a few minutes in the paint, Kwame Brown is available… not that your team should pick him up. Just saying he’s available. Brown and teammate Darius Morris have been waived by the Philadelphia 76ers, something first reported by Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo…
The Kwame Brown era is over. The Sixers on Wednesday waived Brown along with Darius Morris and signed guards Elliot Williams and Lorenzo Brown. “Never a fun day to have to do that, but this is the stage we’re in,” Sixers GM Sam Hinkie said. The Timberwolves drafted Lorenzo Brown (6-5, 186) in the second round (52nd overall) of this year's draft, but cut him before the start of the regular season.
The Scoop: None.
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