Philadelphia 76ers’ coach Doug Collins had stated today that Kwame Brown, the first overall pick in the 2001 NBA Draft, who hasn’t exactly lived up to expectations will now be inserted as the starting center for the Sixers next season.
During a news conference this afternoon at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, coach Collins plans to attack the opposition next year with both Kwame Brown and Spencer Hawes at the center position.
“I think when people view Kwame Brown they look at a guy who was a bust as the No. 1 draft pick in the NBA,” Collins said, “and that’s not what we’re signing him for. I had him at that period in time when he was 19 years old, and I understand the pressure that young guy was under. I wish I could go back and be a better coach and a better mentor for him at that time.”
Everyone knows how solid of a team the Philadelphia 76ers were last season. There isn’t any doubt that much of that success was attributed to the great coaching ability of coach Doug Collins.
Spurs all-world coach Gregg Popovich might’ve won the 2011-12 NBA Coach of the Year award, but you could certainly argue that Doug Collins was also deserving of the accolade.
Coach Doug Collins doesn’t expect Brown to be an All-Star for the 76ers, he [Collins] just wants Kwame to be confident and feel comfortable.
“Again, we’re not asking him to come in here and be the No. 1 pick like back then,” Collins said. “He’s coming to a place where he feels good about. I think we’re going to see the best of what Kwame has to offer.”
Since the day Kwame Brown was drafted in 2001, the underachieving big man had never played a full season. Brown averaged 6.8 points per game, 5.6 rebounds, and 0.6 blocks.
Turning Kwame Brown into a starting center in the NBA is a bold move. Not many coaches in the league would even ponder such an idea, but we guess that’s what separates a good coach from a great one.
We believe in coach Collins, we’re just not sure about Kwame Brown.
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