Kwame Brown hasn’t been seen on the NBA hardwood since early 2013, however the first general choose within the 2001 draft has resurfaced in current days, responding to criticism from podcasters, media members, and ex-teammates.
Here’s a breakdown of who — and why — the NBA flameout is feuding with.
Who is Kwame Brown?
Brown, who’s saved a low profile since retiring from the NBA, is broadly remembered by analysts and followers as one of many league’s largest busts. When he was drafted with the No. 1-overall choose by Michael Jordan’s Wizards in 2001, Brown struggled to stay as much as the hype round his potential. The similar final result occurred when the Lakers took an opportunity on him in 2005, hoping he’d shine alongside Kobe Bryant in a post-Shaquille O’Neal period.
Fans could recall Stephen A. Smith’s well-known rant about Brown, after the Lakers traded Brown to Memphis for Pau Gasol through the 2007-08 season. Smith referred to as Brown a scrub” with “small hands” who “can’t play basketball.” The ESPN “First Take” host would proceed to be a presence in Brown’s newest spherical of social media rants.
Brown spent 12 years within the NBA, the place he bounced round groups together with the Pistons, Charlotte Bobcats, Warriors and Sixers. He was waived by Philadelphia earlier than he might seem in a sport within the 2013–14 season. His final look within the NBA got here on Feb. 20, 2013, enjoying 6:23 in a loss to Minnesota.
What set Brown off?
Brown’s social media resurgence was sparked by current episodes of the “All the Smoke” podcast, hosted by retired NBA gamers Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson. Jackson and Brown have been teammates on the Bobcats’ 2010-11 roster.
In a current episode with Lakers proprietor Jeanie Buss, Jackson made a remark shading Brown’s “basketball skills” whereas discussing the Gasol commerce. A number of weeks later, former NBA star Gilbert Arenas appeared on the podcast and called Brown a “show pony” whose confidence was crushed by Michael Jordan’s robust therapy whereas he performed for the Wizards from 2001-05.
Arenas additionally famous that when he received to the Wizards in 2003, he didn’t have time to “f–k with” Brown, as a result of he was making more cash than Brown and the Wizards have been “technically my team” on the time.
Brown fires again
Two days after the Arenas episode aired, Brown took to social media to “set the record straight” about his profession and Arenas’ feedback.
He first shared quite a lot of Instagram movies warning his followers that he was crafting a response to Barnes and Jackson. Brown adopted up with an hour-long YouTube video, wherein he addressed Barnes, Jackson, Smith, and extra critics who’ve spoken negatively about him by means of the years.
Brown went on to slam Barnes and Jackson in numerous social media posts — repeatedly calling Barnes “Becky with the good hair” and Jackson a “fake Black Lives Matter activist,” amongst different issues.
Most of Brown’s responses have been crammed with cusses, insults and an accusation that Arenas took “millions” from him, through their contracts, whereas they performed collectively in Washington.
“Stephen A. you bald forehead,” Brown said at one point, addressing the longtime sports activities commentator’s previous feedback about his NBA profession. “Thinking you tough talking about ‘Oh, they can come see me.’ … Well meet me in Seattle where you can have mutual combat. … It’ll look like you had a toupee on the front of your head.”
In further movies, Brown additionally addressed criticism from “Undisputed” co-host Skip Bayless. Brown’s most up-to-date goal in his disagreement with critics consists of journalist Jemele Hill.
“And Skip Bayless, thanks for the pass I guess,” Brown mentioned in a separate Instagram Live video. “I ain’t get no pass from your co-host when you was letting this punk motherf–ker talk about a teenager. … I had to endure you talking about my momma’s son like that, b–ch.”
Barnes and Jackson’s reply:
Jackson was first to reply and took a lighter strategy to the state of affairs, explaining that Brown is solely searching for consideration after years of ridicule about his NBA profession.
“Everybody in the world has joked on your basketball skills bro… so be mad at yourself… don’t make it personal,” Jackson said, later including, “But, we not gon’ put you on. You had your opportunity when you was the No. 1 draft pick and laid an egg.”
Jackson, partly, added, “When I see you, I don’t got no hard feelings, I don’t got no problem with you… let’s just keep the respect there as men…”
Barnes took to Instagram to deal with Brown in a since-deleted video.
“Bro, you’ve been getting made fun of since you got in the league for not living up to expectations,” Barnes mentioned, calling Brown’s social media actions a “cry for help” and a spotlight.
“I tapped Jack’s knee when something was said. So, if that’s what got you mad — me tapping somebody’s knee — you need a hug, bro. … If you want to be mad at anyone be mad at MJ for believing you and picking you No. 1.”
Barnes later invited Brown to return on the “All the Smoke” podcast to “talk your sh-t face-to-face” and even provided to journey to Atlanta to accommodate Brown.
Brown responded to Barnes in a video turning down his podcast invitation. Though, he proposed getting into the ring with Barnes.
“I’ma let your show fizzle out, because I’m not gon’ help you get no rating,” Brown mentioned on Instagram, later confirming he has no plans to combat Barnes.
Kwame Brown Bust Life
He has since modified his YouTube show identify to “Kwame Brown Bust Life.”
Brown has been sharing multiple movies a day because the the feud with Barnes and Jackson started, discussing the continued squabble. Recent movies present Brown responding to comments made by “The Breakfast Club” hosts Charlamagne Tha God and DJ Envy about Brown’s state of affairs.
Charlamagne mentioned on-air to “leave Kwame Brown alone,” earlier than he spoke about Brown’s household in-depth, alluding that he’s had a tough life.
Brown is actively posting on social media, together with Instagram and YouTube, in regards to the state of affairs and continues to name out critics from his previous and current day.