Video: Kwame Brown challenges Stephen A. Smith to mutual combat

Brad Sullivan
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In the wake of his controversial comments and subsequent criticism from ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith, former Los Angeles Lakers center Kwame Brown delivered a profane challenge to Smith to engage in “mutual combat”

Gilbert Arenas, Stephen Jackson and Matt Barnes had all directed criticism at Brown for failing to live up to the hype of being the No. 1 overall pick of the 2001 NBA Draft.

Smith’s criticism of Brown came long ago, after the Lakers had traded Brown for Pau Gasol in 2008. With Gasol, the Lakers managed to win NBA titles in both 2009 and 2010, while Brown’s struggles to deliver continued.

Brown isn’t likely to get his wish, since Smith’s comments generally are made to provoke comments from others.

However, its clear that the stigma of his unfulfilled NBA career still gnaws at Brown, with his anger reaching its peak in recent days.

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Brad is a freelance writer for, who can clearly recall watching Lakers games in 1972 as they captured the first of their 11 Los Angeles-based titles. The franchise's evolution into a beloved and iconic franchise among its fan base since that memorable year allows for a wider perspective to be a part of his writing about the team's current fortunes.