Center is back after 20 games, but he's not at full speed.
With his left knee sporting a tape job perfected on NFL lineman and with his left ankle supported by a rigid brace, Kwame Brown played for the first time in 20 games Friday. And even his coach admitted it wasn't stylish.
By his own admission, Brown said it could take a week or more before he's able to contribute significant minutes. But once he's back at full speed, the 6-foot-11 center figures to split playing time with Andrew Bynum, something that could keep both players strong in the second half.
"Andrew's playing so well right now. I think that's got everybody excited," Brown said. "I'm sure that's a good problem for the coaches to have. That will just make us a stronger team. Because whether I come off the bench or I start, you have two centers who can start.
Jackson, however, still considers the 20-year-old Bynum, in his third NBA season, something of a work in progress.
"The biggest thing with Andrew is just getting out and playing the game," he said. "Running the court. Using his assets, which is height and his reach to rebound, defend the basket, block shots, activate the offense."