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Wednesday, October 28th, 2009 at 2:50 pm  |  53 responses

Win Signed Elton Brand Kicks

All you have to do is…

by Tzvi Twersky

About 30 rotations of the earth ago, I trekked down to Philly to kick it with Elton Brand. Coming off a lost season and on the cusp of a new one, EB looked healthy, and came off as possessing the right frame of mind for the 09-10 Season.

As you read—or didn’t read—Elton and I talked ball, his future…and sneaks.

I can’t/don’t know what EB’s future holds, but I do know that his quest to redeem himself begins tonight against Orlando. I also know that he’s gonna be going full bore, the idea that he owes it to his fans and himself the impetus.

While on the court tonight, and for the remainder of the season, Brand will be wearing his second signature Converse kick, the EB2. Converse EB2

When I spoke with Brand, he was geeked about this shoe. Now you should be, too.

Why?

Thanks to Converse, we have two autographed pairs on ice in the vault. And we want YOU to have them!

Here’s what you have to do to win a pair: In 150 words or less, tell us what you appreciate most about Elton Brand’s game and why. (Is it his rebounding? Shot blocking? The way he uses his body to make up for his lack of height? Etc…)

We’re gonna close this contest on Monday and announce winners next Wednesday.

Get typing!

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  • Hussman25

    I have been a Elton Brand fan since he was not only drafted by the Bulls, but when he eventually came to the Clips to lead (what I thought would be) their revolution and evolution… Him, L.O., D-Miles and Q (don’t forget bout Corey) were supposed to bring us back to respectability, but it never occured. Elton did his best to help the situation by posting respectable #’s and making an All-Star team in the process.
    What I enjoy about his game most is his tenacity in the post. His rebounding ability remings me alot of Sir Charles. He goes up and gets it (LITERALLY), uses his body and times bounces off the rim perfectly (which leads to alot of put back tips for EB). He is one of the few “Dukies” I enjoyed watching play (I am true blue all the way… GO Heels!). He may also have been their lone Post star which may have been the reason Coach K was so PO’d when he left… (And Coach K u still don’t have a post presence since he left! DAMN!) Also, his ability to be a career 20 point player w/o huge athleticism! He uses what god gave him (a sweet midrange game, decent ball handling skills and a ever-going motor) to get by and be effective. Although the injuries may have sapped some quickness and “athleticism,” he realized early that Hoops is just as mental than it is a physical game and has adjusted accordingly. Folks here in Philly may not be all that impressed with him, but he is our first TRUE post presence in over 20 yrs! (Think about that… all of the biggs the Sixers have had in the last 20 yrs… That’s a sad thought). Off the court EB is just as enduring; he’s a selfless person and very personable. He is attempting to make Philly his home and take us back to the promise land; we just have to give him some time…
    Some help would be nice too (Hope you read this Ed… )

    Deuces…

  • http://www.slamonline.com James the balla

    Simple … Franchise was the man and so was Brand. When they shared rookie of the year, it was great to see. I liked Franchise a bit better, because I am a smaller point. But Brand had style while using fundamentals. Hopefully he is back to his old self this year.
    Redemption.

  • Peat

    I just don’t know how Elton Brand became that good. 20-10 for all his career ? not quick, not long, no nothing.. He just understands the game way more than us, normal people. He knows where to be on the floor, knows when to shoot, knows everything there is to know on the court.. I think we could thank coach K for some of these things but Elton was born to play ball.

  • Johan Aagaard

    I appretiace almost every single aspect of Elton Brands game, his incredible footwork, his mean toughness and his great passing abilities (5,0 apg ’01-02) But the one part that sticks out to me is his underrated defense. Yes, he does get credit for his defense, but if you ask me it’s slighty underrated on many points. Whether EB is helping on the weak side, blocking a shot and still keeping it inbounds or just itimidating every shot that’s coming his or a teammates way, he constantly helps out on every possession and in every possible way he can. Now add in the 20 points he gets day in and day out (if healthy) on his sweet postmoves, effortless looking putbacks and short jumpers. I’m defiantly looking forward for a healthy Elton Brand this season and if that’s the case; I smell a deep playoff run for the 76′ers.

  • Hussman25

    Ah well I went over the 150 word limit… Once I start typing I can’t stop… lol My fault.

  • http://will.shouse@asbury.edu want those shoes

    The thing that I like about Elton is that he is a warrior. He continues to go at people all the time. He has played the same way, with the same tenacity that he had while he was a Dukie. He requires a double team on the block and has worked his way to having a midrange game that must be respected. He reminds me of what Larry Johnson could have been if not for all the injuries. In a game where power forwards are disappearing, Brand is the prototype of what Karl Malone and Moses Malone were.

  • Johan Aagaard

    Lol @Hussman25. btw good points tho

  • thalilbigkahuna

    As a Sixers fan, one of the things that I appreciate most about Elton Brand is his work ethic. It takes work to rebound, especially against taller opponents. Elton Brand has been an All-Star because he works hard at everything he does on the basketball court, from scoring and rebounding to defense. And most recently Brand has worked hard to get back from an injury. The phrase “hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard” reminds me of Elton Brand because, even though he is very talented, it is his work ethic that has allowed him to achieve all that he has. Good luck to him and the Sixers this year.

  • Migs

    Elton Brand is an everyman. A blue collar worker in a league of rappers, actors, and prima donnas. Able to bang down low or step out to take the midrange jumper, built to snatch boards with the best of them, he fits the mold of the quintessential Power Forward. In an era where flash overshadows substance, he quietly puts up numbers that Moses and The Mailman would be proud of. Since his days at Duke, he has remained consistent. Understated. Efficient. Effective. He punches in, puts up his 20/10/2, doesn’t force his shots, plays within his limits, and punches out. It’s all in a day’s work for EB. Elton Brand is timeless. He embodies the best traits of those workers who came before him, and will serve as a reminder to those that come.

  • Migs

    Crap, someone already beat me to the Moses Malone and Karl Malone references!

  • Migs

    Crap, someone already beat me to the Moses Malone and Karl Malone references!… damn, it even looks like I have the same content as “want those shoes”. Seriously, I didn’t plagiarize this stuff…

  • http://www.sonicbids.com doyouwantmore

    There’s this movie called ‘Rescue Dawn’ about a good-hearted and loyal pilot who gets captured in hostile territory. He’s taken prisoner and survives all kinds of indignities and torture, but through it all he keeps himself strong by remembering what he’s fighting for. He shows that, internally, he’s stronger than the people holding him captive. That movie was produced by Elton Brand.

  • Maisam Abbas

    Power Forward? Check
    Offense? Check
    Defense? Check
    Sweet post game? Check
    Blocked shots and furious D? Check

    We’re talking about Timothy Duncan right? Nope
    Oh, i knew it! It was my warrior KG. Nope

    At 6-9, 250 pounds. He may be undersized, but he sure can do pretty much anything you can ask for. And for his size, he should be getting the same love as the Garnetts, the Duncans, and even the Dirks. But the reason why i love his game so much is because i actually watch him play. Sure playing for Clippers hurt his reputation, but the man is a winner. Those who had the time to check his tapes realize this man can flat out BALL. Oh yeah, back to the quiz…

    Championship Rings? Not checked. But sure as hell working on it with AI in Philly (HAHA, gotcha! oh wait, nevermind) With that being said, i’m just glad he’s not a Clipper anymore. Blake, take notes.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kevinwilson16 Kevin Wilson

    Brand just has the ability to post up anybody. Smaller guys get overpowered, bigger guys get outquicked. And Coach K had little to do with it. If you saw him at Duke, you remember he scored or got fouled, and there was no third option.

  • http://www.shoenut.blogspot.com ShoeNut

    Not bad. 8/10. Check out the new Zoom Kobe on my blog. The ones he wore last night. So tight.

  • JayChau

    Perhaps one of the league’s quietest players yet someone who makes a lot of noise. He’s not your typical NBA player. He’s not your super athletic Power Forward. He doesn’t need to dunk over your head to demand attention. But he will beat you with hustle. He will beat you with efficiency. He’s got the IQ. For a man who creates this much attention without the need of words, the Converse EB2 reflects the Elton Brand himself. With such great attributes, he definitely deserves the attention.

  • Taranvir Sandhu

    I first started watching Brand when he was playing for the Clippers. He was a great player with a great inside presence. He has a very good feel for the paint and can easily get rebounds, blocks, and shots in. I really like his ability to score for a big guy and how he rebounds with authority. He’s not one of those big guys you will hear everywhere, he’s a player that is underrated and still tries his best to succeed. During his time with the Clippers, he average over 20 points a game. Other than his independent game, I also like how he is a team player. He works well with other players and is a leader for younger players. Not only does he help on the court, he does a lot of community work. He is simply a great player. Respect.

  • JoelFitz

    You gotta love the fact that EB has kept his head up, two serious operations and a season’s worth of Philly fans/press questioning his ability to get back, and he is still positive about his future in Sixertown. He is clearly a very classy, humble and serious guy… Ok, he bailed on Baron Davis and the Clippers in less than perfect circumstances, but wouldn’t you?

  • http://www.bebo.com/SupahhHuman B-Moore

    I don’t like him.. But he has cool shoes.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    The part about Elton’s game that I respect the most is his skill and understanding of basketball. His fundamentals are incredible and for an undersized power-forward of his stature, they totally make up for it, in addition to his strength. He knows how to control his body on both ends of the court; how to position himself for rebounds and blocks without having to jump out of the gym. Adding one of the best big-men jumpshots in the league to his repetoire really solidifies him as one of the most skilled players in this league. I would compare him to legends like Moses Malone and Charles Barkley–and this would be completely justified–but to me, Elton has made his own name. His game is in a realm of its own. I do believe he will come back and prove the doubters wrong, showing us his true potential.

  • Adrian D.

    Elton Brand. From the begining of his college career at Duke I knew he would be a great player. I was very impressed with his inside game, field goal percentage and rebounding skills (even though I am an avid UNC fan). When he won the ACC player of the year award he earned it with his aggressive inside game and great rebounding skills. Even more impressive than his college career was his rookie year where Brand averaged a double-double with 20 points per game and 10 rebounds per game. That year in my opinion he was the best rookie (better than Steve Francis) and a solid running for defensive player of the year. When Brand went into his Clipper era it amazed me that Brand and the Clippers only made it to the playoffs once in his long career there. I was astounded that Brand just kept popping in those points and crashing down on the boards so well. Its crazy to think that most of his career Brand averaged double-doubles. In my opinion Brand will be great on the Sixers once he shakes off his injury and gets more settled in and I am not saying that just because I am a big Sixers fan. Hopefully Brand will help lead the Sixers deeper into the playoffs. Brand is one of the best players currently because of his ferocious rebounding skills, aggressive inside game, superior blocking skills and it does not hurt that he is a double-double machine.

  • http://www.yahoo.com Logues

    What i like most about Elton Brand’s game is how he is alot different than most all star type players. He doesn’t worry about getting all the attention and doesn’t get cocky. You see all these guys that whenever they put up 40 or dunk on someone they gotta do somethin “cool” and they think there so good.I’m not a big Brand fan at all, but I respect his game alot because of how he handles himself.

  • http://www.yahoo.com Logues

    What I apprectiate most about Elton Brand’s game is how he is alot different than most all star type players. He doesn’t care about getting all the attention and he is not cocky. You see all these guys when they go for 40 or dunk on someone they gotta do somethin “cool” to create attention to themselves and think that they’re so good. Brand just plays the game and isn’t cocky about at all. I’m not a big Elton Brand fan, but I respect his game because of how he handles himself.

  • http://www.yahoo.com Logues

    why isn’t my post working, this is dumb

  • Pau

    I love EB, because he has heart. He never fears nors back down from anyone. He is a marvelous player. I like how he gives 200% of himself day in, day out.

    (My post is simple as that because of the 150 characs rule,I could easily make a 3000 word post just for EB, I’m prob the biggest EB fan around, so I hope I am lucky and win this. I would always be behind EB’s back good times, or bad. Go Elton! Go SLAM! Be sure to read the 150 characs rule!)

  • MC Pats

    The things i appreciate about Elton Brand’s game are his seemingly endless motor, his rebounding and how smart he plays. At 6-9, 254, he is unlike many other power forwards of this era. Hes like the Charles Barkley of this era, but more nice and less cocky.

  • Miguel

    He is a great stud who is relentless and does anything he can to help his team win. He doesn’t care what people think of him, and only cares on how to make himself better. I like his “Never Say Die” attitude.

  • Kevin

    Elton Brand defied all that said he was just another “Dukie” that would flop in the NBA. He defied those who said he would be too small to play power forward and bang in the paint with the likes of Tim Duncan and Karl Malone. Critics warned he would be average at best, but All Star, that was just wishful thinking. Now, after 3 teams, and being the league for 10 years, he’s shown he’s a double/double machine. I admire his work ethic, his dedication, and his off the court contributions to the cities he plays in. Brand exemplifies you can succeed in the league without the flash. He gets attention and accolades without trying to bring attention to himself. I respect the tenacity he brings to both ends of the court on a nightly basis.

  • Migs

    Pau, it’s 150 words, not 150 characters…

  • Migs

    Main Entry: old–school
    Function: adjective

    1: adhering to traditional policies or practices.
    2: characteristic or evocative of an earlier or original style, manner, or form.

    Elton Brand is a throwback to a bygone era. A time when bigmen performed through a mixture of quick wits, sheer determination and power of will. Despite the injuries and the turbulent seasons, I appreciate Elton Brand for reminding us how basketball should be played at the four spot. Old school is back!

  • Diego

    I love him because of the way he meshes with Philly. Yes I love the rebounds and the game changing emotional plays, like his blocks and steals, but these are not the main reason. It is not about the individual, it’s about the team, and here’s a guy thats all about the team. If Philly does it will be because of the team. A team in which Elton Brand happens to be one of the best and most exciting players to watch.

  • Daniel

    I want those kicks because EB42 is the best thing to come out of Duke in a decade and as a long time dukie fan, he makes up for all the busts that we had i.e. Laettner. When people talk shit about how bad Duke players have been in the NBA I can at least point to Brand and say, there’s a beast…there’s a man.

  • Daniel

    my post didn’t even show up. Wat stom.

  • EricJam

    I like the posts by JayChau and Taranvir Sandhu!

  • http://www.gmail.com nicksmith

    Elton Brand is simply one of the best and most underrated players in the game today. He is a player who can truely change a game. there are two things that stand out about him. one his fundamentals and two his defense. the man has fundamentals of a tim duncan but they go unnoticed by many so called fans of the L. His back to the basket game and rebound poitioning are unteachable. his defense and help side is incredible as well. Brand possesses amazing shot blocking ability as well as the ability to simply change the shot but the key thing is that similar to the great Bill Russel, Brand understands to truely be an effective shot blocker one must keep the ball inbounds. hes is a real force in the paint and his physicality lets him do so. He is one of the top in the League

  • Bill

    Averages 20 10…you can keep the rest of the 150 words or less!

  • Jrooks

    IM LOOSING MY MIND! I CANT DO IT! CAN i have a pair for free

  • http://www.sixers.com 360vue

    A little mathematics about EB;
    Subtract – smaller than most PFs
    Add – smarter than most in NBA
    Multiply – solid fundamentals ontop of powerful physique
    = EB (20/10/2)

  • B.Graves

    Only four active players in the NBA average 20 and 10, Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett, Shaquille O’neal, and Elton Brand. That really is enough said. When I think of Elton Brand I think of versatility. He shoots the ball very well from about 20ft./18ft. and in. He’s 6’8/6’9 and he rebounds the ball as well as almost anyone in the NBA. I believe that he is one of the top 5 offensive rebounders in the NBA. When he catches the ball one on one from about 20ft. out there is really nothing you can do. If you lay off he can pull up and shoot if you play him close he can beat you off the dribble. When he catches the ball in the post, it’s pretty much a done deal. Oh yeah I forgot about the career avg. of 2bpg and 3apg. Production, aggressive, and never gives up.

  • drake jenkins

    Yeah, Elton Brand isn’t that tall, but the kid has hopps. last year he averaged 1.6 blocks per game! He can grab boards too. In his first game, he had a block and six boards. he plays great. he is underrated. Only players who score a lot a points get recognition because there are a lot of people out there who don’t know what the game of basketball is about. That is why I think Kobe is better than Lebron. Kobe can do more than make buckets. So can Brand. Brand isn’t the scoring player, but he does everything else!!!!!!!

  • http://www.vzw.net nick2325

    EB has flat out amazing skills. He rebounds, blocks shots, scores and passes. He has a knack for the game which goes without saying. But despite all of these skills,and the man has mad skills, his greatest attribute has yet to be told. His attitude. EB has recieved so much criticism over the past couple of years. He’s not fast enough, too short, injury prone, to name a few. But the guy keeps coming. He plays at such a high intensity but much of his feats go unnoticed. Yet he comes back at you. He boxes you out gets a board and then scores on you at the other end. Sure the critisism gets to him as it does everyone else but the man answers with his game not his mouth. This is the model attitude for a basketball player which many in the L today lack.

  • Ali Saadat

    What I appreciate about Elton Brand is how he can kill in so many different ways. He can drill the 18 footer or bang down low and put you under the basket. He has excellent post foot work and a nice touch around the rim. He then comes back on D and plays hard post D. If you dare take a shot against him from the field he will challenge it. He’s 6’8″ yet amongst PF’s his stats are around the top 10. In mid-season form he’s getting 20+ ppg 10+ rpg and a block or 2. I appreciate that he can lead the offense but also come back and play great defense.

  • Daniel

    What impresses me most about Elton Brand is his ability to use his power and upper body strength to play with men a few inches taller than him. However his ability to do this may involve something more, heart, will, and determination, and Elton certainly isnt lacking in any of these. He has fought through injuries and down seasons to return and dominate in the post, where a man of his stature may not be able to dominate without heart. I have no doubt that if you were to interview EB after a game he would tell you he left everything on the floor, every night.

    ps it is my birthday so this prize would be awesome!

  • Miggy

    I’m not writing just because of winning the kicks, but because I want to show my true support for Elton. Elton is a great guy, he’s a proven reliable franchise player. He has nice hands which is key for his success in the league. His strength also is one of his best aspect of his game, together with his power, that’s why he’s been known as Elton Brand. He never backs down from anybody, He has surprising agility for his size, and what impresses me is how his ability to run the floor is great for a man of his capabilities. He is a hard worker, and has great intensity for the game. His leadership also is a plus. He is an elite low-post scorer, rebounder, and defender. He may be undersized, but he has heart, and his heart covers up for that flaw. Overall, he is a great NBA warrior.

  • Miggy

    I’m not writing just because of winning the kicks, but because I want to show my true support for Elton. Elton is a great guy, he’s a proven reliable franchise player. He has nice hands which is key for his success in the league. His strength also is one of his best aspect of his game, together with his power, that’s why he’s been known as Elton Brand. He never backs down from anybody, He has surprising agility for his size, and what impresses me is how his ability to run the floor is great for a man of his capabilities. He is a hard worker, and has great intensity for the game. His leadership also is a plus. He is an elite low-post scorer, rebounder, and defender. He may be undersized, but he has heart, and his heart covers up for that flaw. Overall, he is a great compassionate warrior.

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    I appreciate EB’s versatility. His ability to defend both the 4 and 5 slots defensively allows mismatch opportunities for not only himself offensively, but his team-mates. His defense is rock-solid, and this doesn’t alwayes translate statistically. Moving his feet, using his wingspan and core strength to alter shots and protect the interior.
    Offensively, his mid-range game is top notch, drawing slower defenders out to guard him helps him get to the hoop. He’s not the most explosive forward in the game, but he uses his IQ to maximise his skill-set. Whether that’s getting to the line, playing the pick n pop game, finding the open shooter from the double team or isolating on the block for a timely bucket Brand can – and will – deliver not only early in the game, but in the 4th when it matters most.

  • Mr_Ball

    Elton Brand is too short. Elton brand doesn’t have a position. Elton Brand can’t shoot. Elton Brand doesn’t show enough emotion. EB fans have heard all of the negatives. Beyond all the negatives that have been repeated again and again and beyond dominating the paint, snatching up rebounds, rejecting shots, making outlet passes, Elton Brand is a role model and that cannot be repeated enough. You have never heard Elton Brand’s name in the news for drunk driving. You have never heard Elton Brand’s name in connection with drugs or any kind of abuse. Elton Brand has never been arrested. Elton Brand, from a very young age, has conducted himself in such a way that allows young people to see a strong, powerful, successful African-American man that conducts himself with dignity and respect. What I respect most about Elton Brand, is that EB is a role model.

  • Anthony

    Elton Brand is one of the most complete all-around players in the league today. co rookie of the year,2 all star appearances, and a career average of 20pts and 10rebs all at 6’9. Elton is a 6’9 PF who scores against guys who are 6’10 and 7’0 ft, and at the same time manages to out rebound them. Elton can do anything, he can post up,score mid-range, pass, rebound, steal the ball(averaging .9 per game in his career)shoot free throws and block (averaging 2 per game in his career). Elton Brand can never be shaken, you can’t tell him he can’t do somthing because he will prove you wrong. Elton Brand is one of the most determined and all around great players in the league today, what i respect the most about his game is his all around game, his composure and his will to be great.

  • Jordan

    I have been a Elton Brand fan since he was not only drafted by the Bulls, but when he eventually came to the Clips to lead (what I thought would be) their revolution and evolution… Him, L.O., D-Miles and Q (don’t forget bout Corey) were supposed to bring us back to respectability, but it never occured. Elton did his best to help the situation by posting respectable #’s and making an All-Star team in the process.
    What I enjoy about his game most is his tenacity in the post. His rebounding ability remings me alot of Sir Charles. He goes up and gets it (LITERALLY), uses his body and times bounces off the rim perfectly (which leads to alot of put back tips for EB). He is one of the few “Dukies” I enjoyed watching play (I am true blue all the way… GO Heels!). He may also have been their lone Post star which may have been the reason Coach K was so PO’d when he left… (And Coach K u still don’t have a post presence since he left! DAMN!) Also, his ability to be a career 20 point player w/o huge athleticism! He uses what god gave him (a sweet midrange game, decent ball handling skills and a ever-going motor) to get by and be effective. Although the injuries may have sapped some quickness and “athleticism,” he realized early that Hoops is just as mental than it is a physical game and has adjusted accordingly. Folks here in Philly may not be all that impressed with him, but he is our first TRUE post presence in over 20 yrs! (Think about that… all of the biggs the Sixers have had in the last 20 yrs… That’s a sad thought). Off the court EB is just as enduring; he’s a selfless person and very personable. He is attempting to make Philly his home and take us back to the promise land; we just have to give him some time…
    Some help would be nice too (Hope you read this Ed… ) Deuces…

  • amrit

    i don’t appreciate elton brand. i just want the kicks!!

  • http://slamonline.com/ Tzvi Twersky

    Time to pick a winner! We’re closing comments now; winner to be announced midweek (assuming winners respond to emails sent their way).

  • http://slamonline.com/ Tzvi Twersky

    The signed EB2′s have been signed, sealed and are on their way to being delivered.Congrats to JayChau (Oct. 28, 5:33) and Kevin (Oct 29, 10:13) for their winning entries. There were a lot of dope comments but only two could win. As always, plenty more contests to come, stay tuned.

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