Tikteknu: today's summary clip in sports, 20.3 (Sport1)
Lorenzo Brown was a guest on The Crossover, the official EuroLeague podcast, where he chatted with former player Joe Arlaukas.
Brown spoke with about several topics, among them Maccabi Tel Aviv of course.
Arlaukas, whose greatest years were spent at Real Madrid in the 1990s, complimented the Maccabi Tel Aviv fans and recalled that after a game in which he starred alongside Yad Eliyahu, the local crowd applauded him.
"You don't see this anywhere else, maybe only in Zhalgiris. It's a crowd that pushes their team, but also understands basketball," said Arlaukas and Brown recalled: "Yes, the exact same thing happened to me last season when I was in Kazan. We won and after the game Maccabi fans told me that I played well and that I would come to play for them next season."
"I love the game so much."
Brown (Photo: Danny Maron)
The outstanding point guard also talked about the decision to play in Europe and actually abandon the NBA dream: "I was selected as MVP in the development league in 2018, but there were still no teams that wanted to sign me. It was strange, I didn't know what else I could do to improve My situation. In February I signed in China and then I decided that I'm not going back to another summer camp in the NBA and moving to Europe. I love the game so much and want to show what I'm capable of."
Brown was selected 52nd in the 2013 draft. In the weeks before that, he held "16-17 training sessions for the NBA teams, within a month, it was non-stop."
He got a contract from Philadelphia, got cut, signed with Minnesota and got cut again.
"It was very frustrating, because you feel like you can be an NBA player, like you've always dreamed of," he said.
"It was one big headache, I didn't have a chance to unpack the suitcase."
After being kicked out of the NBA, Brown was supposed to join Kazan - but failed the medical tests.
"I don't know why," he said.
"I had something. They told me I might never play basketball again. I went home and sat at home for a month or two, depressed, wondering what I was going to do. I was 25, maybe 26, and I thought I might never play basketball again. In the end, it wasn't What they thought."
Brown, by the way, signed with Kazan a few years later.
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