Who is Lorenzo Brown? Meet the Georgia native who is hailed as a basketball god for Spain
Sthe pain confronts France in the EuroBasket finals, which is now commonplace for a Spanish team that has won three gold, six silver and four bronze throughout the tournament’s history. What’s different this time is that they’re doing it under the guidance of a player who has no connection to Spain whatever sort of.
Lawrence Brown has never lived in Spain, has no Spanish ancestry, has never played for a Spanish team, and the only time he has set foot in the country (so far) was when he visited it with one of his European club teams. But now he’s playing for Sergio Scariolo’s Spanish team, and the Spaniards love it.
Opposing teams frustrated that Brown can play for Spain
Opposing teams? Not really. Lorenzo Brown’s heroism was absolutely essential for Spain to qualify for the Eurobasket final. Along the way, Spain knocked out Lithuania, Finland and even Dennis Schrder Germany. Each time, the media of the defeated countries debated the fairness and even the legitimacy of At Zo Brown heroism for Spain.
For example, the Lithuanian striker Mindaugas Kuzminskas spoke after the elimination of his team against Spain. “I don’t know what this team would be like without Lorenzo Brown because they signed him this summer. But that’s how it is,” Kuzminskas said after Brown lit up his team with 28 points and 8 assists (including 12 in overtime). ).
How did Lorenzo Brown end up playing for Spain?
Sergio Scariolothe Italian coach and Spanish basketball institution found himself looking for a guard to lead his Spanish team when Ricky Rubio suffered a serious ACL injury earlier in the year. With no quality candidate to take his place, Scariolo thought of a point guard he met in 2018, when he was assistant coach of the Toronto Raptors: Lawrence Brown.
Brown is a bit of an unknown in the United States, despite being named NBA G-League MVP in 2018. And the fact that the 32-year-old is playing in Europe rather than the NBA is considered more bad luck than ‘something else. As Scariolo and many who have followed his career know he could make an impact in the league.
How did Lorenzo Brown obtain his Spanish nationality?
It all boiled down to national sports council (Consejo Superior de Deportes, in Spanish), an autonomous government agency in Spain responsible for the promotion, planning and development of sports activities of any kind. The Spanish Basketball Associationmotivated by at Scariolo request presented in a grant application Lawrence Brown Spanish citizenship.
The government agency decided to give Brown green light to get Spanish citizenship in “exceptional circumstances” and considering it beneficial for the Spanish basketball program. Zo Brown he himself was delighted that the process had taken place and considered it “the opportunity of a lifetime”.
Spaniards love Brown and call him their ‘Michael Jordan’
Lawrence Brown was Spain’s MVP at EuroBasket, closely followed by Usman Garuba. He averaged 15.4 points per game, 2 rebounds and 7.1 assists. On social media, the Spaniards love Brown’s game and want him to do a cultural tour of Spain once the tournament is over so he can become “even more Spanish”.
Ibai Llanosthe most popular Youtuber in Spain, tweeted “Lawrence Brown is Michael JordanMany of Spain’s most popular sports media accounts have followed suit with similar claims. NC status product does not speak Spanish, but will probably take courses soon in order to integrate even more into his new country.