Shannon Brown was on the phone non-stop Thursday once word spread of the trade to his hometown Bulls.
"My cell phone has been blowing up," said Brown, the former high school All-American from Proviso East who was dealt from the Cleveland Cavaliers along with Larry Hughes, Drew Gooden and Cedric Simmons in a three-team deal that included the Seattle SuperSonics. "I even got a call from Turkey."
That overseas connection came from ex-Proviso East teammate Dee Brown, who is playing in that country.
"I'm glad to be coming home, and I appreciate the Bulls for having faith in me," Brown, 22, said. "There weren't many opportunities for me in Cleveland, but I can bring some athleticism and toughness to the Bulls. There is not much athleticism on the Bulls right now."
Brown, who was the No. 25 pick in the 2006 NBA draft after averaging 17.2 points per game his junior season at Michigan State, appeared in 15 games for the Cavs. He made four starts when LeBron James was sidelined with an injury, scoring 20 points against New Jersey in his first start. Brown averaged seven points in 14.5 minutes per game.
"I won't feel any extra pressure playing in my hometown," said the 6-foot-4-inch Brown, who was Mr. Basketball in 2003 after averaging 28 points, seven rebounds and three steals for Proviso East. "I'm not going to let it be a distraction. I'm just going to play the same way since I was a little kid."
Proviso East product Brown happy to come home
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