- The Washington Times - Monday, October 29, 2001

Much of this NBA experience is alien to Washington Wizards rookie Kwame Brown. Sure, the kid tools around in a new Mercedes, but that's what No.1 draft picks drive.
However, there are some other things, less extravagant elements of his NBA indoctrination, that he never experienced while starring in high school at tiny Glynn Academy in Brunswick, Ga.
Like sitting down and evaluating himself on videotape. Before this fall, Brown, the first high school player ever selected with the first pick, had never seen himself on tape. Now he spends time with his teammates watching their foul-ups, bloops and blunders and the positives as well like all pro players do.
"The tape doesn't lie," Brown said of a recent video session. "I was ready to break a table. [Coach Doug Collins] pointed out so much that I wasn't doing that he wanted me to do. It was embarrassing."
One reason why Brown probably never watched game tapes while growing up in Brunswick is because there really was no need for him to see any. By the end of the summer all-star games, Brown was widely considered the best high school player in the nation. During the regular season most of the plays run by Glynn Academy consisted of lobbing the ball to Kwame or having him post up a much smaller and less athletic opponent.
But things are different at the NBA level. Many of the players he'll face on a nightly basis are just as big and tall. And they've got experience on their side.
Collins said breaking down game tape is just a small part of the process to which Brown is being introduced.
"It's been more than just coaching him on the floor," Collins said. "It's also trying to teach him how to prepare, how to watch tape, when to eat, how to eat, when to rest, when to get to the bus, when to do your pre-game workout. Those are things he's never done before."
Brown's preseason play has been criticized in public by Collins and Michael Jordan. Jordan said Brown looked like his head was "in Kansas" at times during the team's loss to the Toronto Raptors.
But after seeing himself on tape, Brown responded with his best game of the preseason in the team's 107-93 preseason-ending loss to the Celtics on Saturday. In that game Brown finished with 13 points, grabbed six rebounds and handed out a team-high six assists.
It was after that game that Brown told Collins that he had never previously watched himself play on tape.
"He said, 'Coach, I've never really watched film before. No one has ever really showed me anything on film. I learned so much. I've never watched myself before.' So he's learning how to watch film and see himself and then go out on the floor," Collins said. "And the other night he was at his best. He stayed on the floor. He was effective. I was very happy with him the other night."
But Brown wasn't satisfied with his showing.
"I think the only one on our team who was pleased with that game was Jahidi because he was getting all of those rebounds," Brown said of starting center Jahidi White, who finished with 10 boards. "Everybody else was pretty much upset because we didn't help each other. We weren't talking. We didn't have any life and nobody looked like they wanted to play."
Brown said the things Collins pointed out to him really made a difference before he took to the court against the Celtics.
"I just made sure I improved on everything he pointed out to me on film," Brown said.
Yesterday following practice, Brown indicated that he is fully aware that things are about to become serious. He knows that come tomorrow, he'll be introduced to another phase of the game in the season-opener at sold-out Madison Square Garden alongside Jordan, who will be making his comeback after a three-year layoff.
"I don't want to sit around and think about it," Brown said. "There's going to be a lot of pressure on me. Hopefully I'll get in there, play a little defense and feel my way out. Tuesday will be here soon enough."
It's a long way from Brunswick, but it's all a part of the education of a top pick.

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