Deadline Looming For Euroleague Scoring Champ Bobby Brown

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bobby-brown-sienne-e1374248570322Last season’s Euroleague scoring champion, Bobby Brown, has until August 15th to exercise the NBA out in the contract he signed in China with the DongGuan Leopards. With the deadline approaching, will the super scoring guard get a second chance in the NBA? The Knicks were considering him, but went for Beno Udrih instead. Will anybody else go after him in the next couple days?

Bobby Brown is a 28-year old, lighting quick, 6’1” point guard who can score at will in the international game. The guard out of Cal State-Fullerton demonstrates leadership, and can be a very strong weapon off the bench for a playoff team. While Brown has been the leader of his teams overseas, he transformed his game from being a Louis Williams type of undersized scoring guard, to becoming a true point guard that just so happens to possess excellent scoring ability.

With the free agent market dwindling, Bobby Brown could be a great late off-season addition for teams that need to add another guard to their rotation. Teams like Indiana, Utah, Chicago, Philadelphia and Sacramento, are all spots where Brown could show his true value, with his ability to run an offense, control the pace of the game, and assert himself at money time.  

Euroleague Update: Bobby Brown Ties Euroleague Scoring Record

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Bobby Brown tied the Euroleague single-game scoring record on Friday night with 41 points on the road against Fenerbahce Ulker.

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Gibson Column: DaJuan Summers Left To Fry Under Tuscan Sun

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BARCELONA — Somewhere in Tuscany, DaJuan Summers is negotiating a buyout with Montepaschi Siena after playing only four games.

Between the offers, counter offers and number crunching, I hope both sides can put down their pens long enough to look at each other and ask: What were we thinking?

On the one hand you’ve got Siena, fresh off a Euroleague Final Four appearance as well an Italian Championship, their sixth in as many years. On the other, DaJuan Summers, a 23-year-old whose physical gifts far outweigh any sprinkling of success he’s seen in an uneventful two years with the Detroit Pistons.

However, with the departure of Malik Hairston, Montepaschi needed a scorer; and with the departure of the NBA, DaJuan needed a job. So they ignored the blaring sirens of incompatibility, covered their ears and partnered up.

But when you’re an elite team whose only real need is a shot maker on the perimeter, your big acquisition is supposed to make shots on the perimeter. Instead of encouragement (“You’ll hit the next one, DaJuan!”), it’s an ultimatum (“You better hit the next one, DaJuan.”).

There’s no room for slumps or mental lapses on a club that views losing as a sickness. Once the staff identifies the cause of the infection, they’ll cut it out. Out of the starting lineup, out of the rotation, or out of the team’s plans altogether.

Such was Summers’ fate, and now he’s picking up the pieces of his four-month, four (real) game European career.  In an interview with Yahoo! Sports’ Marc Spears, Summers said he noticed his first “red flag” when the regular season started and his minutes took a dip.

“In the preseason I was playing close to 30 minutes every game,” Summers told Spears. “But when the real games started I was getting 14, 15, 16 minutes. It was weird. I couldn’t understand it.”