- The Washington Times - Sunday, December 22, 2002


Seen and heard last night at SBC Center in San Antonio:
KWAME ON LeBRON: In all likelihood, by this time next season LeBron James, the high school phenomenon from Akron, Ohio, will have joined the Wizards' Kwame Brown as the second high school player to be selected No.1 in the draft.
James, unlike Brown, has been in the headlines since he was a high school sophomore and was named the national high school player of the year as a junior. Even Brown is a little surprised by all the hype, which far and away overshadows what he experienced.
"I think they are putting him in a situation where he's going to fail," Brown said. "I think he's never going to be able to live up to the hype. To say that he's M.J. in his prime, that's retarded. He still has to go through the transition. The same media that's saying he's so great are going to be all over him, and that's going to be the mental game he's going to have to go through."
So is James in for a rude awakening?
"I don't think he's in for a rude awakening," Brown continued. "It's definitely a different game [in the NBA]. I think that the scouts saying he's ready to play right now are in for a rude awakening because he's going to have to learn how to play this game."
LIKE FINE WINE: Seems as if players are getting older and older even as they get younger and younger. Last night, for instance, the Spurs trotted out 40-year old forward Kevin Willis early in the second quarter. He was matched for most of that period against Washington's second-oldest player, 39-year-old Charles Oakley.
Shortly after that, the Spurs inserted another old Bull, 37-year-old Steve Kerr. Kerr isn't a regular in the rotation but was playing because injuries to Manu Ginoboli and Speedy Claxton.
John N. Mitchell


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