Title: Lorenzo Brown delivers on two-way deal, turns MVP G League run into NBA contract
Date: April 13, 2018
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I wrote about Lorenzo Brown’s journey to G League MVP, which has him back on an NBA deal.
Lorenzo Brown is sitting up straight at his stall in the Raptors 905 locker room at Hershey Centre, his shower complete but shirt still off. He looks exhausted. The weight of a G League Final loss to the Austin Spurs and the end of five playoff games in four cities over 12 days is showing its toll.
The playoff run alone would be enough to wear anyone down, as Brown carries an MVP load at both ends of the floor for the 905. They’ve been significantly better with him than without him all year, and his usage, assignments, and minutes – not to mention the league’s Most Valuable Player award, which Brown was presented with before the game – speak to that. He played 34 minutes, sitting out the bulk of the fourth quarter due to the blowout. He averaged 37 in the playoffs. Even under tough schedule conditions (the G League’s arcane seeding system had the 905, owners of the third-best record in the league, on the road for three of their four series), life on the road in the G League doesn’t present quite the comforts of the NBA level.
What’s more is he played 25 minutes for the Toronto Raptors in an NBA game on Monday. Brown’s last week has seen him go from Mississauga to Westchester, N.Y., to Erie, Pa., back to Toronto to fly to Austin, then to Detroit and now back to Miami. He’s played 97 minutes in the last 50 hours, flying once and sharing a limousine with Malcolm Miller and Alfonzo McKinnie back across the border after the Pistons game. The chicken wings and pizza provided in the limo can only offer so much fuel for recovery.