Good Scoop on Kwame Brown. I really don't think the proper pieces were in place to deal with a Kwame Brown back in 2001. Jordan didn't know what he was doing as a Manager, allowing high schoolers to enter the NBA was relatively new. The Wizards coaching staff could not provide that same type and level of nourishing a teenage as a Lakers management/coaching team. I remember him being here in D.C., he was not held accountable for anything, he pretty much was left to his own devices. Look at the team at that time, it really wasn't a bona fide leader on that team. Anyway....Very good article. Evening Scoop: Kwame's Redemption? By: Bill Ingram Last Updated: 8/14/08 4:53 PM ET | 3484 times read Kwame Brown never intended to be among those kids who jumped straight from high school to the NBA. He had a scholarship to attend the University of Florida and had every intention of honing his skills in the college ranks before turning pro, but fate intervened. Brown's mother was working as a waitress to support her family, but right about the time Kwame had to make a decision about his future she injured her back and could no longer work. His father long since out of the picture, Kwame had to step up to the plate. He had to get a job to help out his family, and there were millions of dollars waiting for him in the NBA. So Brown made the jump, but it was a jump to a system that really wasn't prepared to accept high school kids. NBA programs were built around the idea that their incoming rookies had at least some college-level training, and the Washington Wizards weren't necessarily prepared to give Brown the training he needed when they made him the top overall selection in the 2001. Small wonder his rookie season was a miserable failure. Brown wasn't ready for the NBA and the NBA wasn't ready for him. Now, years later, every single team has implemented a training program that doesn't take for granted how much prep work their players have had in college. It's become an expected part of the draft, summer league, and training camp process. And of course, the NBA no longer allows high school players to be drafted directly into the NBA. All of that's behind Brown now, and it's only fair to cut him a little slack. After all, Joe Smith was also a top overall pick and no one really talks about how his career has never lived up to the expectations that come with that draft spot. All Brown can do is work hard to show the pistons that he's serious about helping them reach their goal of returning to the NBA Championship. "What I was hoping for with him and what I got is that he didn't use anything as an excuse," Pistons coach Michael Curry recently told Pistons.com. "He put it all upon himself. He didn't use the way the coach used him or injuries or being young when he came in the league – none of that. He took responsibility for himself and, really, once he did that, for me it was easy. That's one of the biggest things – to get athletes to hold themselves accountable. Whether he did that when he was 18 or 19 – I'm pretty sure I was mature at 18 or 19, but I wouldn't have been ready to be thrown into a No. 1 pick or right into the NBA and handle that kind of responsibility. Whether he acknowledged responsibility at that time didn't really matter to me. The fact that now he does is the only thing I want to judge him on." So for Brown it all starts now. He has a new contract, a new team, and a shot at redemption. He has a cast of young big men around him and a system that will accentuate his positives. After all, Antonio McDyess was supposed to be washed up before Detroit brought him in, but McDyess has been a great player for them. Kwame Brown has not yet played his bes and if he can do that for the Pistons he could prove to be their centerpiece of the future.