By Spike Eskin
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The Sixers signed Kwame Brown to a two-year contract on Friday, and the responses were … negative. I think most of the negative response has to do with the phrase “the Sixers signed Kwame Brown” than the reality of signing Kwame Brown. I don’t believe the reality is a problem. You need 12 players, they needed a big man, and $3 million is probably less than the going rate.
If you’re looking for a positive, I don’t believe Brown demands the kind of court time that would force Collins or the Sixers front office (one in the same?) to put Brown on the court at the expense of time for younger players, the way Elton Brand would have.
If you take a look at the remaining choices available, it’s tough to find one that fits into the mold I’ve described.
I don’t believe the signing is indicative of the Sixers desire to stay competitive this year. I don’t believe the signing is indicative of the Sixers trying to tank this year. Either may be true, but this doesn’t say either to me. I believe the signing is indicative of the fact that there aren’t that many good players in the NBA who are seven-feet tall.
That said, the reaction was hilarious, and here are some highlights:
The Ball Don’t Lie has no idea what’s going on in Philly.
Liberty Ballers says that Kwame Brown will murder us all.
Sixers CEO Adam Aron basically said “he’s tall and we’ve heard of him.”
Nick Ambolino says that Philly has a new punching bag.
Joe Vallee says that the signing is a microcosm of the Sixers mediocrity.
Philly Barstool was … not positive.
Crossing Broad put together a series of unhappy tweets about Brown.