Kwame Brown, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2001 NBA Draft, is attempting to make a comeback to the league ahead of the new season, per several reports.
According to Dan Devine of Yahoo Sports, the 34-year-old center signed with a new sports agency on Monday and declared his intention to play pro basketball once again.
Brown, who last played for the Philadelphia 76ers in 2012-13, joins an array of former players trying to make a comeback, a list which includes the likes of Ray Allen, Baron Davis, Ben Gordon, Emeka Okafor, Stephen Jacskon, Flip Murray and Von Wafer.
Interperformances, Browns’s new agency, said in a statement on Monday:
“The #1 overall pick of the 2001 draft is ready for a new life. His comeback can be the road to glory for a team that believes in him. Kwame is back, physically healthy and ready to be the outstanding player he was on several NBA teams.
“A great intimidator that can block shots, rebound consistently and explode in devastating dunks. No longer the young man that entered the NBA, Kwame is now an experienced and mature player and man. And he’s back, for the love of the game.”
Kwame Brown: A gamble
It remains to be seen if any team takes a gamble with Brown. Many analysts reckon that Brown was the more glorified No. 1 draft pick in history since he failed to live up to the hype.
During his 12-year stint in the NBA, Brown played for seven different teams including the Washington Wizards, who drafted him, the Los Angeles Lakers, the Memphis Grizzlies, the Detroit Pistons, the Charlotte Bobcats, the Golden State Warriors and lastly the Sixers.
While it could prove difficult for Brown to land a deal with an NBA team, there are other viable options such as the EuroLeague and the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA).
Kwame Brown’s most successful season came in 2003-04 when he averaged 10.9 points and 7.4 rebounds.