FanDuel - WFBC

May 03, 2005

Kwame Brown suspended for remainder of playoffs.: While Kwame Brown hasn't exactly been a huge contributor in the Wizards' series against Chicago, it's this kind of distraction that never helps a team, especially one with no playoff experience. Can Brown be considered the biggest NBA #1 overall bust now?

posted by sashae to basketball at 03:05 PM - 10 comments

Yes. Kwame is still not mature enough to play in the NBA.

posted by scully at 03:56 PM on May 03

This is a guy I think must of struggled in High School I mean what a bust he should have just gone to college, yet from what I've seen I reckon he never had the grades. There is a reason why kids play college ball: 1) to get an education 2) to learn how to become an adult 3) for some to get some pro ball game It is sad to say that these 3 things will escape Kwame Brown

posted by bballcoachreid at 07:00 PM on May 03

So, to revive the old "draft from HS?" debate again: if a kid doesn't have the grades, is that an argument for or against drafting 'em out of high school? I don't have an opinion myself, really, but I'm curious what others think.

posted by lil_brown_bat at 07:10 PM on May 03

Lots of kids have bad grades in high school. I flunked out of high school, only to enter college early and earn excellent grades. People mature at different times, that's all. It looks like Kwame still hasn't.

posted by dusted at 07:50 PM on May 03

I don't think a college education is something that should be required to play in the NBA. I also dont' think that just because Kwame ended up not being the mature person the Wizards hoped he would be, that the discussion should suddenly be on all high school kids who want to go pro. Each person is different. But I agree with bballcoachreid that there are other reasons to consider college no matter what ones career goals may be.

posted by scully at 07:39 AM on May 04

I enjoyed college, but I think it is overrated as soon as the HS to NBA subject comes up. I knew lots of people who went to college with me who barely got an education and certainly didn't learn to become adults. You can get as much out of college as you want, but it is not a cure-all for ignorance and immaturity. Poor grades in HS can mean lots of different things. Sometimes it means that kids are struggling to learn. Sometimes it means that kids are tired of school and are not being challenged. Kwame is a kid who still hasn't grown up even when his career is on the line. That's why it is tough to draft projects, you can't predict whether they can pull it all together.

posted by bperk at 08:51 AM on May 04

Looking back, Jordan should have drafted Tyson Chandler, Jason Richardson, Shane Battier, etc. At the time, I thought he would take Battier, but I guess he couldn't get over the whole Duke/UNC thing.

posted by mayerkyl at 08:53 AM on May 04

Nah, everybody knows that a mature college graduate is a bit of a risk compared to a high schooler. Hindsight it 20-20. Any indication what Kwame did to warrant what might be his ticket out of the organization?

posted by gspm at 10:22 AM on May 04

Apparently he called in sick. Had the stomach flu. In reality he just doesn't have the stomach to put flu into. Kid's been out of depth since he entered the league. Million-dollar body; ten-cent head.

posted by WeedyMcSmokey at 02:40 PM on May 04

He was mad about not getting minutes, so he played sick. Missed practices and didn't answer calls from the team. It's only the playoffs, right?

posted by bperk at 08:13 AM on May 05

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