"I was a little concerned throwing the ball down there being that he had so much time off, but he reassured me," Bryant said. "He made some big, big plays for us. What I like about Kwame is he wants the ball, he wants to make the play. I've learned a lot about him."
Laker followers will learn more about Brown in coming weeks, if not days.
Tonight's game is the first between the Lakers and Wizards since an October exhibition where any lingering tensions between Arenas and Brown apparently dissolved when they tapped fists before tipoff.
"It's a dead story," Brown said Wednesday.
At the same time, Brown acknowledged there would be a different tenor when the Lakers play in Washington on Dec. 26.
"Shoot, they booed me when I was still playing there," he said. "I just think they're going to boo harder. D.C.'s a hostile place to play."
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The Brown file
A look at Laker forward Kwame Brown on and off the court. The Lakers play Washington at Staples Center tonight at 7:30 on ESPN and FSNW:
*--* STATISTICS Season Team G GS MIN FG% BLK REB PTS '01-02 Was. 57 3 14.3 387 0.5 3.5 4.5 '02-03 Was. 80 20 22.2 446 1.0 5.3 7.4 '03-04 Was. 74 57 30.3 489 0.7 7.4 10.9 '04-05 Was. 42 14 21.6 460 0.4 4.9 7.0 '05-06 Lakers 12 9 26.3 471 0.4 5.6 6.3
* June 27, 2001 -- Drafted No. 1 overall by the Washington Wizards from Glynn Academy, a high school in Georgia.
* August 2003 -- Brown is arrested for driving under the influence in his hometown of Brunswick, Ga. Brown's blood-alcohol content was 0.15; the legal limit in Georgia is 0.08.
* Summer 2003 -- Wizards become unhappy with Brown when he leaves the summer mini-camp after playing only three games.
* December 2004 -- Washington suspends Brown for one game after a verbal altercation with Coach Eddie Jordan during the second quarter of a loss to Denver.
* May 2005 -- Washington suspends Brown for the rest of the playoffs after he misses two workouts between Games 3 and 4 of a first-round series against Chicago. Brown is unhappy he played only four minutes in Game 3.
* July 13, 2005 -- The Lakers send Caron Butler and Chucky Atkins to Washington for Brown.
* Dec. 12, 2005 -- Brown, sidelined by injuries for much of the season, has his best game as a Laker, making all six shots in 27 minutes against Dallas.
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Only seven of the 28 players selected in the first round of the 2001 NBA draft are still with the teams that drafted them (players shaded):
*--* 1. Washington Kwame Brown, F-C 2. Clippers (1) Tyson Chandler, F-C 3. Atlanta (2) Pau Gasol, F 4. Bulls Eddy Curry, C 5. Golden State Jason Richardson, G 6. Memphis Shane Battier, F 7. New Jersey (3) Eddie Griffin, F 8. Cleveland DeSagana Diop, C 9. Detroit Rodney White, F 10. Boston Joe Johnson, G-F 11. Boston Kedrick Brown, G 12. Seattle Vladamir Radmanovic, F 13. Houston (3) Richard Jefferson, F 14. Golden State Troy Murphy, F 15. Orlando Steven Hunter, F-C 16. Charlotte Kirk Haston, F 17. Toronto Michael Bradley, F 18. Houston (3) Jason Collins, F-C 19. Portland Zach Randolph, F 20. Cleveland (4) Brendan Haywood, C 21. Boston Joseph Forte, G 22. Orlando Jeryl Sasser, G 23. Houston (3) Brandon Armstrong, G 24. Utah Raul Lopez, G 25. Sacramento Gerald Wallace, F 26. Philadelphia Samuel Dalembert, C 27. Memphis (5) Jamaal Tinsley, G 28. San Antonio Tony Parker, G
(1) The Clippers traded the draft rights to Chandler, along with Brian Skinner, to Chicago for Elton Brand. (2) The Hawks traded the draft rights to Gasol to Memphis for Shareef Abdur-Rahim (3) The Nets traded the draft rights to Griffin to Houston for the draft rights to Jefferson, Collins and Armstrong. (4) The Cavaliers traded the draft rights to Haywood to Orlando for Michael Doleac. (5) The Grizzlies traded the draft rights to Tinsley to Indiana via Atlanta to finalize an earlier trade.