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The start of his second season at Maccabi Tel Aviv was not ideal for Lorenzo Brown. The war forced the team to travel and host Serbia, and on top of all the responsibility for the point guard was even greater than usual due to the injury to his backline partner Wade Baldwin.
But Brown, it seems, continues to enjoy every moment of his with the team, despite the challenges along the way. "I am happy to play for Maccabi Tel Aviv, and feel that it is special for me that we are hosting games in Belgrade, in the hall where I played when I first moved to Europe. I had a great time here, and Red Star is a team that is dear to my heart," he said in an interview published Monday morning on BasketballSphere. "We miss our fans in Israel, but appreciate the gesture they have done to us here and the hospitality we receive in Serbia."
Brown said that last summer, when he received the offer from Maccabi Tel Aviv, he did not hesitate for a moment. "I don't know if Red Star and Partizan were interested in me, because Maccabi Tel Aviv was the only team that entered negotiations with me. It's the only group that was really interested in me."
Head only at Maccabi Tel Aviv. Brown/official website, Djordje Kostic, Dragan Tesic
Brown has played under quite a few coaches, but says he holds a special place in his heart to cheer for ketch. "Ketch is probably the coach I enjoyed playing under the most. He's probably the coach who has influenced me the most in my career, and helped me progress the most. He just gave me the opportunity to play my game and lead the team — and that's what I do best."
Brown was asked about the possibility that towards the end of his career he would like to try to return to the NBA, and replied emphatically: "It's not even in my head. Not even a little. I've entered the last stage of my career and the NBA is better suited to young players, especially these days, when you're playing at a very, very high pace. I am focused on my career in Europe and look forward to seeing how far I can take my team, and how much I can help it."
The 33-year-old Brown signed a new contract with Maccabi Tel Aviv last February, which would keep him at the club until the summer of 2026. This season, he is averaging 13.7 points and 7.3 assists (second in the league) in the Euroleague.
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