The public's relationship with Kwame Brown, the number one draft pick of the 2001 NBA Draft, has really evolved over the years. We're at a well-earned juncture now, wherein we can essentially make jokes about Kwame Brown simply by mentioning Kwame Brown. We're not quite in #LOLMets territory, but we're close.
Let's test the theory, courtesy of this takeaway from an interview with the Los Angeles Times on Friday. Brown's Warriors had just lost to the Lakers, 97-90, and Kwame had a decent game—13 points and 6 boards. Andrew Bynum, his 24-year-old, hyper-talented former teammate in Los Angeles, finished with 9 points and 16 rebounds.
Here's what Brown had to say about the "young fella" after the game:
"He's a grown man now," Brown said of his former Lakers teammate. "He's grown into his body well. He's a lot more physical than when he first came in."
"That was my young fella," Brown said. "I taught him everything he knows."
"I'm one of the better defenders in the league and we played against each other every day in practice," Brown said. "I told him if you can score against me, you can score on anyone."
Did it work? Are you giggling?
Kwame's career stats, over 11 seasons: 6.8 points, 5.6 rebounds. Bynum, meanwhile, has averaged 18.8 points and 15.7 rebounds
in seven seasons this season with the Lakers. These are things we know, because we've learned to make Kwame Brown jokes and tell Kwame Brown stories without even trying. This man deserves a hashtag.