Sunday, July 24, 2011

Maccabi in talks with Bobby Brown

Replacement for Doron Perkins?

With the summer progressing, Israel's top organizations are still in search of the perfect quarterback combo guard duo to increase their chances of an upcoming season title. Champions Maccabi Tel Aviv were recently in intensive talks with former NBA guard Bobby Brown, who played last season overseas, splitting his time in Poland and Greece.

Despite a 2007 championship year in Germany with Alba Berlin, and the fact that Maccabi was pursuing Brown aggressively the following summer, the Cal. St. Fullerton guard decided to sign with the Sacramento Kings. Lately, Brown's name has come up again as a possible recruit for Maccabi, complementing Jeremy Pargo from the second guard position. However, negotiations came up short and the Euroleague experienced Brown, still has interest of playing in Israel and has already been in contact with Hapoel Jerusalem, who is eager to find a suitable replacement for Will Solomon.

Before the NBA strike took place, Brown had successful workouts with the Raptors, Pacers and Lakers, though the 'ongoing' lockout is forcing the guard to reconsider his European offers. Brown's current financial demands may be a bit too much for Jerusalem's budget; yet, the team already informed the player's representatives to be on 'standby' for possible updates that may attract the California native to the Holly Land next season.

In College, Brown enjoyed four-years at Cal State Fullerton finishing his career as the schools leading scorer with 1,961 points (ninth in Big West history). After not being drafted in 2007, Brown went abroad and helped Alba Berlin win the German championship, averaging 14.5 points, 4.1 assists and 3.2 rebounds per game. In the ULEB Cup contest, Brown improved his performances and averaged 17.4 points, 4.4 assists, 2.8 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game.

After a stellar year, Brown returned home and signed a two-year contract with the Sacramento Kings. He would then continue his NBA journey playing for the Minnesota Timberwolves, New Orleans Hornets and Los Angeles Clippers. Last season looked promising as Brown signed a deal with Polish Prokom Gdynia where he performed at a high level posting numbers of 23.8ppg, 3.0rpg, 4.3apg and 1.8spg in the Domestic league. Battling in the Euroleague, Brown averaged 10.7ppg, 1.0rpg and 1.8apg. In December, Brown left for Greece where he signed with Aris Thessaloniki. The impressive European double figure scoring averages was maintained as Brown recorded 11.3ppg, 2.5rpg and 3.0apg in the Greek league and posted higher digits in the international EuroCup competition averaging 14.2ppg, 2.6rpg and 3.3apg.

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