Then there was Kwame. Kwame, Kwame, Kwmae.
- In a Sports Illustrated poll of 242 NBA players, Kwame Brown received the most votes for the question, "Which player gets the least out of the most talent?" Brown received 17% of the votes, followed by Clippers forward Tim Thomas (10%), New York center Eddy Curry (7%), New Jersey guard-forward Vince Carter (6%) and Memphis center Darko Milicic (5%).
- Abdul-Jabbar, now a Lakers special assistant coach, was asked if he was able to convey to Brown the fundamentals of playing center."It's hard to get through to him," said Abdul-Jabbar, who passed off the question to Jackson.
- Said the coach: "I've called him a knucklehead from time to time. You've got to lead him to water, then force him to drink."
- Added Jackson: "I've told him, 'When Kobe shoots, you've got to go get the rebound.'