Title: Lorenzo Brown and G-League MVP Trophy may have found long-term occupancy with Raptors
Date: October 27, 2018
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic, I wrote about Lorenzo Brown’s break-out game for the Raptors, something he feels is just the start.
The final day of the NBA season is colloquially known as locker clean-out day. Once a team’s regular season ends or they’ve been eliminated from the postseason, there is a dedicated day for physicals, exit interviews, media availability and yes, the emptying of personal effects from the arena or practice facility. It calls back to the final day of high school, an exercise in informality, reflection and closure.
When the 2017-18 season wrapped for the Toronto Raptors last May, Lorenzo Brown wasn’t having any of it.
For years, Brown had fought to get to that point, playing for four different teams over four NBA seasons with four G League stops over five years, five Summer League appearances and five training camp invites, none of them providing a stable foothold. In Toronto, he’d managed to turn a two-way contract into an NBA roster spot at the tail end of the year, even seeing playoff minutes. That contract conversion was a big step and a personal affirmation, and while Brown didn’t have much control over his future with the Raptors, he wasn’t willing to just close the book on his most fulfilling season to date.