Eric Pincus of Hoopsworld.com recently came out with an article in which Phil Jackson speaks on Kwame Brown’s influence on a young Andrew Bynum:
“We knew that we had to get another person ahead of [Bynum] so that he could come off the bench and Kwame Brown was a real good defensive player (traded for that year so that we would have some basis and Andrew could learn). That process really helped Andrew grow up and every day having to work against a guy like Kwame gave him some kind of competitive edge. It was good for him. Andrew’s developed very nicely and we haven’t put a lot of pressure on him to speed it up and I think that’s the thing that’s really important.”
Kwame Brown, the 2001 number one overall pick, is considered one of the biggest draft busts in NBA history. However, he has been praised by the likes of Phil Jackson, and Kobe Bryant over the years.