Friday, July 25th, 2008 at 12:00 pm  |  73 responses

Kwame Back in Purple & Gold?

by Marcel Mutoni

You thought that he was gone for good, didn’t you Laker fans? Well, think again.

Noted Laker historian Roland Lazenby penned a fascinating article about the Purple & Gold, shedding light on some of the seemingly never-ending drama taking place inside the team’s front-office.

And according to Lazenby’s sources, the Lakers are considering bringing back the much-maligned Kwame Brown.

From HoopsHype:

Faced with a “weird” situation with center Andrew Bynum, the Los Angeles Lakers are toying with the thought of bringing back Kwame Brown, a free agent.

No, this is not a joke.

While it’s no secret that the Lakers are in desperate need of inside defense and rebounding (the Celtics made sure of that this past June), is Kwame the answer? That was a rhetorical question; don’t waste your time answering it.

Unless, of course, the idea here is to convince Brown to just play on one end of the court (the defensive one, where his hands of stone aren’t too big an issue.) In which case, make the deal Mr. Kupchak.

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  • niQ

    man. that would be funny. what with players going back and forth these days.

  • Aaron S

    NO!!!!! Well actually, Kwame could bring some physicality off the bench, and it’s not like he’d be playing nearly as much as he was in his last stint. Plus, if they can get him cheap, it wouldn’t be a bad signing. It could provide good frontcourt depth with Mihm behind Bynum (and Gasol for that matter).

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne


  • http://brian brian kelly

    If Kwame Brown is the answer to…..anything….then the problem is a hell of a lot worse than first feared.

  • http://www.myspace.com/hemantsbeats what

    Ship his azz… in?

  • Young Chris MP3

    I know a few Lakers fans who are going to love this one… I so hope this happens.

  • Jolst

    Please tell me you are just kidding, Aaron.

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne


  • Aaron S

    If he comes cheap, then it wouldn’t be TOO bad.. I’m not saying I’d prefer it, but it wouldn’t be TOO bad. As the third center of a bench, I think Kwame could actually be somewhat useful. But no, he’s not coming back. There’s no way in hell Lakers management will bring him back, especially how he was basically booed out of town and a lot of fans seemed to be more happy he was gone than for the acquisitionsteal of Gasol.

  • SeanB

    as a lakers fan, when i read the headline i was hoping he would just be signing with the sparks

  • Moneyboughtmehappiness

    Mark my words, he’s gonna start and make the all-star team this year. U can’t stop him! He’s country strong!

  • aaron

    someone left a cake out in the rain

  • http://slamonline.com Holly MacKenzie

    I’ve been saying this since he left. I knew we weren’t rid of the guy.

  • http://fjkdlzf.com Jukai

    Kwame Brown may be the best known worst player ever

  • SeanB

    Aaron S id like to believe in your logic that a cheap kwame would be a help on the defensive end but the problem is once the ball goes down on offense he becomes a walking heap of utter embarrassment. now if we could sub him out on the way up the floor like hockey, then we are onto somethin

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com DP

    There not sure about Bynum? oh sh*t here we go. Please get luol! LO has toyed with my feelings too much these past three years. But Kwame? are they serious? Is Darko a free agent?

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    You know you’ve hit rock bottom when Darko is looked at as a better option.

  • James aka the Artist Formerly Known as Krayzie Bone

    I would do this deal just to make the Gasol trade look more obscene

  • Aaron S

    SeanB you must be out of your mind, but that would be great. I’m still wondering where Kwame pulled that 12.9 ppg and 6.6 rpg playoff series vs. Phoenix from where he was actually able to do something on offense, albeit it was in a losing effort. Seriously though, where did that come from?

  • http://slamonline.com Yknot

    If Kwame wants to get paid he should go to the betcats. I’m sure Jordan will give him more free money.

  • phil


  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    There is a GOD!

  • Marcel Mutoni

    fixed. thanks, phil.

  • Dennis Castro

    What, Europe wasn’t an option?

  • Michael

    I like it. Kwame was a really good defensive player with the lakers. He wouldn’t have to worry about offense and he would only play about ten minutes top. Just as long as no one passes him the ball while he’s in the game.

  • http://www.freewebs.com/betcats BETCATS

    well, the only think that keeps kwame from being as good as he could be is lack of motvation. If he gets a second chance to prove himself it could be another genius move by the Lakers.

  • SeanB

    Aaron S have you ever heard of the saying the even the sun shines on a dogs ass every now and then

  • B. Long

    Mitch has been considering this since the trade happened so it doesn’t really suprise me. As long as it’s league minimum, go for it.

  • Captain America

    Krummy Brown? Like a disease.

  • Franchise Baller

    Bring him backkkk i say he still has the potential he jsut needs the right situation. Maybe coming off the bench will help

  • http://www.freewebs.com/betcats BETCATS

    well if it doesnt work out, at least the Yankees are going to sign Barry Bonds which would eclipse this as the worst signing of the year

  • B. Long

    @Betcats: Has the Evil Empire made that offical? Damn…

  • http://www.freewebs.com/betcats BETCATS

    not yet but it is probaly gonna happen. ESPN’s people are gettin all wet in the pants region just talking about it. And it is not ‘wet’ wet its ‘weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet’ wet.

  • http://fjkdlzf.com Jukai

    From now on, thanks to TADOne, I’m going to solely refer to him as “Brick Hands Brown”

  • Tom

    if you can get him for the minimum…..why not, I hope no one gets him a welcome back cake.

  • http://www.alllooksame.com Tarzan Cooper

    BREAKING NEWS: the los ganjales lakers have announced they will sign ben handlogten to a 6 year 72 million dollar contract.

  • http://nbaukfan.blogspot.com/ mat smith

    no way man, like, just no way….

  • http://theghostofroyhobbs.blogspot.com Mo Charlo

    I was talking with a buddy of mine, and we ended up with a theory that we are as good as Kwame Brown (first, we’re good, and big, so shut up). Our reasoning was that if we were put in an NBA game, we could produce similar results as Kwame. 4 points, 2 boards in 19 minutes? No sweat. Seriously, what the f*ck did the Grizz get for Pau? DAMMIT!

  • http://www.freewebs.com/betcats BETCATS

    Kwame just needs somebody to get under his skin to annoy the hell out of him until he gets motivation. He has the tools but once he gets ready to use them he falls asleep. He just needs somebody to get him motivated and all pumped up and he will be fine

  • http://joeloholic.wordpress.com Joel O’s

    Oh my goodness. Sonovabitch.

  • http://myspace.com/bodiebarnett jbn74sb

    I am all for this. Kwame is a serious upgrade over Mbenga, and is a very solid defensive player. Just don’t ask him to catch.

  • http://joeloholic.wordpress.com Joel O’s

    Well truth be told, Kwame is much better off as a guy coming off the bench. As a number one pick, he’s the biggest bust ever. But as a seventh or eighth guy? If seen in that light, he’s a serviceable big man. As a starter he’s trash. Or I’m in denial.

  • http://joeloholic.wordpress.com Joel O’s

    Well either way it’ll be funny to see Kobe’s hissy fits whenever Kwame botches trying to catch a slow bounce pass at him.

  • http://www.ballerblogger.com Brandon Hoffman

    If Kwame is willing to accept the veteran’s minimum, I’m all for bringing him back to LA. He’s a big body and he’s solid in the locker room. But if I were contemplating signing Kwame, I’d have to be certain that Mihm was going to make a complete recovery. Kwame plays solid defense, but he gives you next nothing on offense.

  • akimana

    Maybe they can trade him for Rudy Gay this time?

  • mLev

    as a true lakers fan, i was actually sad to see kwame go. i’m glad that he’ll be back. he’s got the heart and passion that our team lacks with kobe.

  • the real mongoose

    I just threw up a little in my mouth

  • Ken H.

    with ronny gone, i actually wouldnt mind bringing kwame back. Kwame was a good defender and rebounder, and hes not afraid to bang with the bigger players. If you play him with bynum or gasol, u wont have to worry about inside scoring as much, just dont have him out there by himself as the only inside scoring option. Bring back Kwame! I kinda miss the big oaf.

  • ciolkstar

    the obvious/immediate reaction is: Are you kidding me?
    But really he’s probably still a better option than Chris Mihm. Sign him cheap and once/if he does earn some minutes there will be absolutely no pressure on him. I think handling the pressure of being a player who has a lot expected of him at an early age was Kwame’s biggest failure.

  • ciolkstar

    He also might have the worst hands in the HISTORY of the NBA. But really, how important are hands in basketball?

  • The Frozen 1

    Kwame Brown a.k.a. ‘The KG Stopper’….do it LA!

  • Diogo

    Kwame Brown is like AIDS: It might look good right now, but you never know what kind of sh*t your into until it’s too late.

  • andrew

    1st pick mind you!

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    sasha just got 5 mil a year….

  • http://joeloholic.wordpress.com Joel O’s

    You know what, with the unfortunate and shockingly soft way the Laker frontline played in the Finals, it really isn’t a stretch to say Kwame would’ve down better than Radmanovic or even Pau in being a physical presence down low. Remember in those exciting LA-PHX series a few years back, where he was part of a big Laker frontline that gave the Suns lots of problems inside?

  • http://www.ballislife.com Arek

    LOL if the Lakers get Kwame back that means they pretty much got Gasol for literally..NOTHING

  • flosho

    Couldn’t pick it any better with the aids comparison, good one Diogo!

    “Kwame Brown is like AIDS: It might look good right now, but you never know what kind of sh*t your into until it’s too late.”

    Either be safe or Have Aids, take your pick!

  • flosho

    honestly Kwame and his tiny hands can’t catch a cold. Plus you really want the one who’s been called a flamming f*****?? ahem…

  • Mo

    Kwame is trash, he shouldn’t be able to make the team on NBDL team.

  • mitch

    lakers fans might be a bit unhappy but I done care. Sacramento what? KINGS passion for purple.

  • jose

    What Arek Said.Whats goin n with these stupid as hell trades. i mean pau 4 his bro and kwame, camby for AN OPTION to trade 2ND ROUND PICKS!!!!!!!pretty soon this will be like semi-pro, players getting traded for washing machines

  • jose

    sorry got off topic. its smart to get him back but i dont want it to happen

  • http://letsgolakers.com Andy A

    Dont bring Kwame back, PLEASE. We need someone who can defend the paint and catch the damm ball. Kwame does the first ok but the 2nd he sucks ass at. Do not bring him back.

  • josesito

    At least a washing machine would have better spin moves than Kwame..

  • john

    woooooow, bring him back

  • Hairy Brown Johnsonz

    slam im a big fan but step ur game up, Dime is blowin u out of the water right now

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Wait, when does Bynum come back? ‘Cuz they really don’t need the African American Leo Rautins on their team if they have Andrew Bynum. Then again, even if a team doesn’t have Bynum, they still don’t need the African American Leo Rautins.

  • b-man

    he was doin better under jackson , jordan ruined him and alot of other guys !!!

  • tike

    Damn…i guess im ok with the Brown 2 L.A…just let him play about 12mins tops im sure he’ll be able to control himself!! hahahah

  • ali

    nooooooooo if the Lakes are gonna sign or trade or whatever to acquire him at least dont give him a longe term contract

  • http://wwww.slamonline.com “Air Allgood”

    I predicted this move when they first traded Kwame, personally I’m dissapointed in His effort at times but when he applies himself with all that athleticism he can really make a difference off the bench. To all of my friends, I told you so..

  • darren

    Kwame got them Gasol last time
    Wonder who else he can get them.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    Getting Kwame back for CHEAP is like saying you would like only want to contract AIDS of a supermodel…