In all sports, watching a bust is neither fun nor entertaining, it’s sad. You feel for the person, they dedicated their life to the sport and just couldn’t cut in on the big stage. Their best years are behind them, and that’s a hard thing to settle with, so usually I empathize with these figures. I feel their struggle like its my own, I identify with their shortcomings.
Meeting expectations isn’t easy, and a lot of the time it’s not even their fault, but just a few days ago Kwame Brown signed with the Sixers, and I do not feel bad for him. He signed a two-year, $6 million contract. Yes, that’s right 6 MILLION DOLLARS for Kwame Brown! Did the Sixers watch the last ten years of basketball? Do they think he suddenly became motivated and will be a major part of their team? He’s averaged 22.4 minutes in his career, and that’s just because he played a lot after being the first draft pick in the 2001 draft.
You know the story, Kwame Brown always looked disinterested before he was drafted, and his disillusioned melancholia grew even murkier as his NBA career began. He never succeeded, but even worse he was the image of failed high school players in the NBA. So now the Sixers will reward this type of player with a cool 6 mil. This is the type of bust that angers me, Brown hasn’t shown one bit of desire to be great, or one bit of play that demonstrates he can be great, yet he’ll make $6 million while people struggle to get minimum wage. Of course, that’s a cliché and hypocritical.
I’m lying in bed, writing this on a new Mac in my efficiently air-conditioned house in northern New Jersey. I’m the farthest thing from roughing it, but Brown just appears so disinterested and ungrateful that I can’t give him the benefit of the doubt. Kwame Brown doesn’t deserve the $6 million he got. Maybe if someone didn’t give it to him, he’d learn his lesson.