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While James was a local basketball star in Akron, Ohio, at that time, he was largely unknown to the rest of the nation when he came to play in a tournament for the AAU Oakland Soldiers in 2000. The Soldiers were founded in 1990 in the Oakland suburb of Richmond. Twenty-five years later, it has now grown into an AAU powerhouse with alumni that include James, Chauncey Billups, Brandon Jennings, Leon Powe, Aaron Gordon, Chuck Hayes, Jabari Brown, Kendrick Perkins and Stanley Johnson. Fifteen years after first playing for the Soldiers, James returns to the Bay Area to lead his Cleveland Cavaliers against the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals. “It’s amazing because that part of his life he never talks about publicly,” Olivier said. “But I thought we had some good times and we still talk about it.”
The team previously signed Jabari Brown to a pair of 10-day contracts via a hardship exception. In order to sign Brown through the end of the season, the Lakers were required to get back down to 15 players, waiving the retiring veteran Nash. “We’ve got three guards, that’s enough,” said Scott, adding that he and General Manager Mitch Kupchak would “talk today about some things, so we’ll see where it goes.”
Jabari Brown went undrafted out of the University of Missouri where he teamed with Lakers rookie guard Jordan Clarkson. Brown landed on the Lakers’ training camp roster, but he posted only a combined five points, two rebounds and an assist in 22 minutes through four exhibition games. Brown then post a league-leading 24.4 points per game with the Lakers’ Development League affiliate, the D-Fenders.
Rookie guard Jabari Brown’s 10-day contract expired after the Lakers’ 80-73 loss to the Utah Jazz on Thursday night. After the game, Brown said he spoke to General Manager Mitch Kupchak, and that he’ll sign a second 10-day contract on Saturday. Waiting the extra day, instead of inking Brown on Friday, will make the Missouri scorer available for the Lakers’ visit to the Philadelphia 76ers on March 30. Brown said he’ll be at practice on Friday, although he won’t be able to participate until he signs the following day.
Called up from the Development League last week, Brown’s 10-day contract with the Lakers expires Friday. The Lakers will have the option to sign him to one more 10-day deal. Scott sounded confident that Lakers’ fans have not seen the last of Brown, who have averaged seven points in three games. “(General Manager) Mitch (Kupchak) and I will talk about it,” he said. “But I anticipate he’ll be back.’
Both excitement and anxiety may creep into Jabari Brown’s mind when the Lakers (13-49) host the Utah Jazz (30-36) tonight at Staples Center, which will mark the last game he will play in his first 10-day contract. But when Lakers coach Byron Scott plans to meet with general manager Mitch Kupchak after tonight’s game, it seems clear Brown will have at least one vocal supporter. “Right now, I’d like to keep him for another 10 days and see how it goes,” Scott said. “I think he’s improved from what we had in the summer time to this time right now.” It also helps that Lakers forward Nick Young will stay sidelined at least for another week after a CT scan showed a small fracture in his swollen left knee. But Scott also likes Brown’s play after averaging seven points on 60 percent shooting 20 minutes off the bench through three games with the Lakers, a stark increase when he posted a combined five points, two rebounds and an assist in 22 minutes through four exhibition games.
The Los Angeles Lakers have signed guard Jabari Brown to a 10-day contract, it was announced today by General Manager Mitch Kupchak. Brown, who was most recently a member of the Lakers NBA Development League affiliate, the Los Angeles D-Fenders, joins the team after leading the D-League in scoring at 24.4 points per game to go along with 4.1 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 39 games (25 starts). A 2015 NBA D-League All-Star, Brown tallied two of the highest single-game scoring outputs in the D-League this season, finishing with 50 points on January 10th at Sioux Falls and 48 points on February 28th versus Bakersfield.
The Lakers could look to their own NBA Development League affiliate for talent, or to the general free-agent pool, perhaps with a 10-day contract to offer. The Lakers can also look at other D-League players who aren’t on their specific minor-league squad. Presuming the team might look to add a guard, Jabari Brown, who went through training camp with the Lakers, is averaging 24.3 points a game with the D-Fenders. Vander Blue (21.3 a night) and Jamaal Franklin (20.4) have also been consistent scorers with the Lakers’ affiliate.