Wednesday, July 18th, 2012 at 9:40 am  |  52 responses

Kwame Brown Will Be the Sixers’ New Starting Center

Doug Collins is excited to coach the immortal Kwame Brown once again, so much so that he has already named him the Philly Sixers’ new starting center. Per the Inquirer: “Speaking Tuesday afternoon at a news conference at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Collins said he expects to start Brown and slide Spencer Hawes, last season’s starting center, over to power forward in a lineup that will also see Jrue Holiday, Evan Turner, and Andre Iguodala back in the starting lineup. Brown passed his team physical Tuesday, clearing the way for his two-year, $6 million deal to become official. He became the first player in league history to be selected directly out of high school with the top pick in the draft when the Washington Wizards – then coached by Collins – drafted a 19-year-old Brown in 2001. Since then, he has done nothing to distinguish himself. He had his best season in his third year in the league, when he averaged 10.9 points and 7.4 rebounds in 2003-04. Some contend that he is the worst top pick in NBA history. To which Collins and the Sixers say: So what. ‘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.’ Collins believes that Brown, who appeared in nine games last season with Golden State before undergoing season-ending surgery for a pectoral injury in January, has grown up and matured.”

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  • Stephen A. Smith

    smh…. Worthless

  • Jake

    This cannot end well…Kwame, I apologize for the comments you are about to see if you follow this website!

  • ratguts

    He’s great.

  • http://slam FLIGHT 9

    Spencer Hawes….

  • Fresh Boirdee

    I hope Kwame is a devout Christian, cause this dude has favor!

  • http://www.fullc0urtpress.com KHoliday

    That sux for Philly fans. I’m sorry for your loss(es)! I send my condolences

  • Fat Lever

    Kwame’s 2nd year is a player option. Based on the fan reaction so far without him even playing a minute, and projecting out to next year and the venom he’ll hear, my guess is that he’ll only be here for one year. Starting Kwame at center isn’t even the worst move, starting Spencer Hawes at the 4, allowing opposing 4′s from KG to Amir Johnson the ability to have career nights on a nightly basis, is.

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    ^think they start thad young at the 4

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Why did they pay all that money to Lavoy Allen and Spencer Hawes to name Kwame as the starter? That’s stupid.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    I’m sorry Philly fans…

  • underdog

    It’s simply amazing how this dude could stick around the league for all this time, without developing anything as a player.

  • LA Huey

    “Is he 7 feet tall? Can he simultaneously chew gum and not soil himself? Well, let’s get him an NBA contract!”

  • riggs

    IM SORRY, im so so sorry 6ers fans

  • Tempest

    Haha Kwame Brown

  • Tai

    I will not go to a game I will not watch a game!

  • Tai

    Hawes at the 4 seriously Doug should be FIRED!

  • huami

    im not too worried about this, i think this is a rental. Who knows, maybe Hawes will be playing better at PF. The sixers are playing for 2013, getting ready for a busy offseason next year!

  • IGGI

    Come-on guys cut Kwame a break!!!

  • Marcel

    Alot if peiple are gonna think im crazy but I like this deal, yeah sure hes a bust, but people also forget who really drafted him and was a horrible mentor to him……..MICHAEL JORDAN. How are u supposed to be good and have confidence when the greatest player ever in the world breaks you down? And look at the lottery in the 2001 draft….. Alot of busts. Kwame gets all the heat because he went #1 but look at the other people in the draft- tyson chandler was a bust but now hes dpoy,eddy curry was a bust in chicago also, but he won a ring in miami(even tho he never played)and eddie griffin(R.I.P) he never lived up to the hype and was very immature.

  • TheKid

    Im sorry but the 76ers just went from starting to slowly build their way to maybe becoming like that Magic team a couple years back that went to the Finals to throwing themselves back in the toilet. I WILL SAY I feel a miracle coming with Kwame having a most improved player award season and maybe doing good? I dont know maybe i didnt sleep enough last night.

  • jufu

    philly fans i hate y’all but this is too much…

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  • baller23

    @Marcel.I agree with u!

  • pposse

    idk what to make of doug collins comments. Is he sincere about his excitement to have the likes of Kwame Brown on the team? Or is he just saying this to be politically correct. My impression of Doug is that he likes to coach inferior ball players to their max potential instead of coaching the already established/talented ball players. If this is in fact the case, he needs to be done with the NBA and coach NCAA.

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  • Eran

    And to think that @KwameBrown was once the highest-paid Laker. Seriously.

  • http://www.slamonline.com 19821982

    I’ll start it – now bring AI back and you still have nothing to lose.

  • JL

    kwame brown. wow. they amnestied elton brand so they can sign this sucker and start him? and that’s going to make the team better? …

  • Epicshooter

    Kwane is awesome! He’s a bonafide scrub!

  • Thee SwissArmyKnife

    Hey Philly you’ll always have cheesesteaks & soft pretzels.

  • http://www.newyorkshockexchange.com Shock Exchange

    What is my life about? Kwame stays winning … Prolly with two bad ____s at the same ____ time. Last woman I went out with threatened to call the “authorities” on the Shock Exchange … Not the cops but the “authorities,” so you know it was serious.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    If you sign a starter calibre center than there’s usually a damn press conference. Freaking Rashard Lewis got one! That’s how bad Kwame is. Remember the Lakers? Had they not pulled the trigger on the Gasol deal this probably would’ve ruined Kobe’s career and ge would still have three rings instead of five

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk


  • http://kb24.com x-DrEw_MaiN-x

    OMG oh lord the sixers are better off bringing back the rabbit mascot and let him play the 5 lol

  • http://www.slamonline.com Keep It Real

    Kwame Brown gonna be MIP and prove all yall wrong!!!! naw the 76ers are looking foolish for this one. They should just trade iggy just to get some draft picks and start the rebuild.

  • Bobitto

    Looks like Philly will definitely have another guy in the running for sixth man of the year.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Slick Ric


  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    STILL commenting as me I see. Must be a boring life.
    Spencer Hawes is better than Brown. Training camp hasn’t started. I don’t see how naming him the starting center makes any sense.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Real nbk, at least were starting to narrow down who he is. He is from Canada or Europe. No ‘Merican I know spells caliber, calibre.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Great Work detective Lake.

  • http://www.slamonline.com TADOne

    Brick Hands Brown!! Ah, the memories! At least he plays adequate defense.

  • Tai

    Is Doug trying to get fired or just get in the lottery?

  • Andrew Lao

    How entertaining

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    You could just ask Lakeshow. It’s Canada.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    I imagine you essentially as being Terrence and Phillip from South Park. Pretty accurate?

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Pretty accurate. LOL

  • al dankk

    Doug Collins is getting like a lot of OLD folks beginning to make
    Peace with God

  • Gusist

    So they have gone from 6th best team ( I see Orlando and Atlanta behind them) to a lotttary bound team all in the same week, nice job sixes :)

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  • Gbo

    We talking about Kwwwwaaaaammmeeeee Brrrroooowwwnnnnn!

  • Ron

    Please tell me who’s Kwame Brown agent? because he’s the real star!!!

  • http://www.nba.com Dacre

    Kwame Brown would the one player I would use in that 2K mode . . You know the one. Where you pick a player generally someone percieved as a dud and try to elevate them for the rest of their career. Doug C is doing just that, but in real