Philadelphia 76ers are going through a disastrous season. The Sixers on Monday signed veteran forward Elton Brand to boost their roster. Brand came out of his retirement for the sake of mentoring Jahlil Okafor.
Earlier, Brand signed with the Philadelphia 76ers in the 2008 off-season. Then he decided to retire from the game last August after spending the last two seasons with the Atlanta Hawks.
Brand wrote in Sports Illustrated that he came back not due to financial considerations or for a championship title, but for “what’s owed, about making sure that the young men who follow in my footsteps get what they’re entitled to [and what I haven’t always given them].”
The 36-year-old forward featured in 36 games for the Atlanta Hawks last season, averaging 2.7 points and 2.8 rebounds per game. But he hasn’t played this season.
Okafor is a “a good kid with a good heart,” according to Elton Brand.