From L.A. to Philadelphia: Why Elton Brand left the Clippers for Sixers
Then there’s Brand’s agent, David Falk. The man’s an assassin. He represents Michael Jordan and turned him into a global icon, hypnotized the Vancouver Grizzlies into giving Bryant ‘Big Country’ Reeves 60 million dollars, and swore a blood curse against the Clippers for passing on another of his clients at the 1998 NBA draft. It’s hardly a surprise that Brand ended up elsewhere …
I’m not sure if Elton Brand is a Will Smith fan, but the forward is pulling a reverse Fresh Prince, leaving the Los Angeles Clippers to sign a five year, eighty million dollar contract with the Philadelphia 76ers.
But his big-money move has created controversy. Rumours are flying around the Association like Philip Banks tossing Jazzy Jeff out the family’s Bel Air home.
Brand is accused of pulling a ‘Carlos Boozer’, walking on a verbal promise to re-sign with the Clippers after opting out of his contract in late June.
It’s hard not to feel bad for L.A.’s other team. The Clippers stood by Brand during his recent Achilles injury and still got burned.
Things never change. The Clippers are still the Clippers. Always will be. And relying on a verbal promise in the big business world of pro sports is not ideal. In fact, it’s dumb-even if your franchise star is the one making the promise.
Consider Brand’s past. He once begged L.A. owner Donald Sterling not to match an offer sheet from the Miami Heat. Then there’s Brand’s agent, David Falk. The man’s an assassin. He represents Michael Jordan and turned him into a global icon, hypnotized the Vancouver Grizzlies into giving Bryant ‘Big Country’ Reeves 60 million dollars, and swore a blood curse against the Clippers for passing on another of his clients at the 1998 NBA draft.
It’s hardly a surprise that Brand ended up elsewhere. But what will he do for the 76ers?
The forward will provide low-post scoring. Brand’s 6-8 stature is meaningless because he gets his points from the low-block, using a plethora of moves, fakes, and shimmies. This will add life to an offence that often stagnated in the half-court.
He’ll also mentor an up-and-coming nucleus. Brand, 28, possesses the experience and credibility to guide a young team that made significant strides in the second half of the 2007-08 season, even pushing the Detroit Pistons to six games in the first round of the playoffs.
The All-Star will bring excitement back to Philadelphia. After years of empty stadiums, last year’s playoff appearance created a buzz in the City of Brotherly love. This will only continue with the Brand signing.
L.A.’s misery and heartbreak is Philadelphia’s gain. With Brand in the fold, the 76ers are no longer a lower seed in the Eastern Conference and could secure home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs.