Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Kwame Brown, the first overall pick in the 2001 NBA draft, has agreed to a 2-year contract worth $8 million with the Detroit Pistons. Brown has averaged an unremarkable 7.5 points and 5.7 rebounds while playing for the Washington Wizards, Los Angeles Lakers, and Memphis Grizzlies. Joe Dumars, the Pistons general manager, has demonstrated uncanny adeptness at resurrecting the careers of players who fell short of expectations with other teams. But in Brown, Dumars might have met his match because Brown is on course to go down as one of the biggest busts in league history. That Brown is still in the NBA and able to ply his trade with yet another team underscores an old NBA adage: as long as you're tall with a modicum of agility, you will always have people willing to take a chance on you.