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Monday, July 21, 2003

Kwame Brown

I realize after reading Tony Kornheiser that Kwame Brown didn't play in the summer league game today because he had only planned to play in three of the games. Kornheiser rips him for this:

"Are you kidding me, Kwame? You played in three summer league games, and then blew off the other three? I know you had agreed to play in only three games, and weren't contractually obliged to play all six. But don't you think you're sending the wrong message by playing three stinking games?

"Kwame, bubbeleh, I like you. I think you're a sweet, well-meaning kid. I'm willing to believe Michael Jordan and Doug Collins didn't understand how to deal with a teenager, and harassed you, hectored you and made you nuts. That's why I'm ready to look beyond the fact that in your first two seasons with the Wizards you've been El Poocho. I was thinking with the new regime -- Ernie Grunfeld and Eddie Jordan -- in place you might respond with a brand new attitude and a breakout year. Which is what everybody has been waiting for and hoping for, considering you were, hello, the No. 1 overall pick in the draft. (I mean, really, your numbers were so small it's like you're on the metric system.)

"So it's somewhat troubling to learn you chose not to play the final three summer league games with your Wizards teammates. What are you doing instead, working out on PlayStation 2?"

With this negative atmosphere surrounding him, Kwame Brown may eventually be traded from the Wizards. And as we've learned in cases like Jermaine O'Neal and Tracy McGrady, a lot of high school-to-NBA players only make it big professionally with their second team. Washington trades him at their own peril.