Lost in the hysteria of #MambaDay and the retirement of Kobe Bryant, is the NBA losing another one of its greatest players. Elton Brand, who came out of retirement to help mentor the dumpster fire that is the Philadelphia 76ers, will hang up his kicks tonight after he takes on the Chicago Bulls.
Like Kobe, Elton Brand spent some of his best years playing for Los Angeles. Like Kobe, Elton Brand is a multiple-time All-Star. Brand shared the 2000 Rookie of the Year award with Steve Francis and in 2006, he earned All-NBA second team honors and led the Clippers to their first playoff series win in 30 years.
“I said that last time, but I think this is going to be it,” Brand said to CSNPhilly.com about retirement. “We’ll see what the opportunities are, but the travel’s tough having young kids. I didn’t expect to play 25 minutes in back-to-back games, and stuff like that.”
Although he’s only logged about 220 minutes this season for the Sixers, he was tasked with helping their prized rookie Jahlil Okafor adjust to NBA life. I wonder how that turned out. Brand will be facing the Bulls, his first NBA team, in his last NBA game. We’re pretty sure the NBA world may be preoccupied with other things, but we at STASHED salute the former Duke Blue Devil on an … aight career.
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