Brown more comfortable in second year with Lakers
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Posted: October 7, 2006
EL SEGUNDO , Calif. -- Simply catching the ball was a challenge for Kwame Brown last season. Through five days of training camp with the Los Angeles Lakers, that's something he now has a handle on.
It's all about comfort.
"It's not thinking as much," Brown said after practice Saturday. "I'm not as anxious. You can't do anything without the ball. You can think about the spot you're supposed to be at all day long, but you can't do anything without the rock.
"So, I've just basically been trying to slow down. I'm not as wide-eyed as I was last year."
Brown came to his first Lakers camp a year ago as a power forward, but the team soon realized he was better suited to play center.
Brown, the No. 1 pick in the 2001 NBA draft by the Washington Wizards, averaged 7.4 points and 6.6 rebounds last season. He said he worked out running stairs over the summer to get in better condition for this year.
Chris Mihm, who started most of last season at center for the Lakers, is recuperating from offseason ankle surgery.
"Right now, everybody is pretty much saying I'm the starting center," Brown said. "But you've got to realize that Chris did it all season long, so I'm not looking at it like I'm the starting center. I'm looking at it as everybody is equal and we've got to fight for our jobs.
"I'm ready for him to come back healthy and we go at it and that'll make us better. He's going to push me and I'm going to push him."
Maybe, because there was an article about how Joel Pryzbilla likes the new ball because he has small hands. Kwame Brown has small hands as well, so maybe the new ball might be a slight advantage for the Los Angeles Lakers. One can only hope, but that's a good point bigboi_baller.
I would also argue that he had himself psyched out to the point that he was so nervous anytime he touched the ball. If you recall, Phillip had him focus on defense only and parlay those successes. Step by step, Kwame regained his confidence. So perhaps that has also been a factor.
I guess I am going to have to hit a sporting goods store to see what one of these new basketballs is like.
"He's doing a good job of catching the ball," Rambis said. "To be honest with you, I don't think that I've noticed him dropping the ball in training camp, which is good, considering that most of this is a hack-fest out there."
True in a sense that Kwame needs to work on the art of catching the rock first before anything else, however in evaluating Kwame's stats he has cut down on his turnovers 1.39 per game w/his asst/to ratio @ 0.7 committing 100 T/O's (fewest amongst starters LOL) in 72 games averaging 27 minutes per game. So it's more of Kwame's lack of concentration rather than the issue of him having small hands, however in judging Kwame's overall performance dating back to after last years' ASB and leading into the P/O's Kwame's more fundamentally sound @ playin' the C position rather than the PF position he'd been playin' most during his 4 miserable years @ D.C. So in those regards it isn't farfetched to say Kwame only being 24 is given a new positive outlook manning down the middle for the LALAKERS with the potentials of him being a good (not great) top 10 centers that's currently playin' in this league.