Longtime NBA big man Elton Brand has decided to retire after 17 NBA seasons. Is this really it for the Philadelphia 76ers center or will he come back again?
On Thursday, longtime NBA center Elton Brand has decided for the second time to retire from basketball. Brand is 37 years old and has played in the NBA for 17 seasons for five different organizations.
Brand is best known for his time with the Chicago Bulls, the Los Angeles Clippers, and the Philadelphia 76ers. Here he is saying that he is retiring for real this time.
He was the 1999 National Player of the year at Duke University. Brand would be the No. 1 overall pick in the 1999 NBA Draft by the Bulls and would spend his first two NBA seasons in Chicago. He would then be traded to the Clippers and would have his best years as a player.
Brand was a two-time NBA All-Star for the Clippers in 2002 and 2006, making the All-NBA second team in 2006. He would sign with the 76ers in 2008 and would have his first taste of playoff success in Philadelphia.
After leaving Philadelphia in 2012 before The Process, Brand would continue on as a journeyman center playing for the Dallas Mavericks and the Atlanta Hawks as somewhat of a player/coach in the twilight of his NBA career.
Brand originally announced his retirement from basketball in August 2015. He would return for the second half of the 2015-16 NBA season as a mentor for the young 76ers team under head coach Brett Brown.
Philadelphia has a logjam in its front court. The 76ers aren’t going to be a great team this year, but they have to be done hypertanking. It’s probably a good time for Brand to leave the game as a player and get ready for a life as an NBA coach or something.