Thursday , Dec , 02 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Brown makes season debut for Wizards

Washington, DC (Sports Network) – Former No. 1 overall pick Kwame Brown
returned from an off-season foot injury in Washington’s 95-68 rout of New
Jersey Wednesday night.

Brown was on the floor for just 14 minutes in his season debut and scored six
points before being ejected with 6:48 left in the game after an altercation
with New Jersey’s Jason Collins.

Head coach Eddie Jordan was also back on the bench after missing two games
with a blood clot in his left leg. The Wizards, who have won five of their
last six, were 1-1 in his absence.

Brown underwent successful surgery in early August to repair a fracture
in the fifth metatarsal bone in his right foot. He suffered the injury
while playing a pickup game.

The Wizards took Brown with the top overall pick in the 2001 NBA Draft, making
him the first high school player ever taken with the first selection.

The 22-year-old Brown averaged 10.9 points and 7.4 rebounds over 74 games last
season, including 57 starts. In three seasons with Washington, he has posted
averages of 7.8 points and 5.6 boards per outing.