Basketball / BJ-League

Ex-NBA player Brown parts ways with Sendai due to family emergency

by Ed Odeven

Staff Writer

Former NBA forward Andre Brown, whose acquisition was announced by the Sendai 89ers last week, has left the bj-league team before playing in a game.

The 89ers posted the news on their website, announcing his departure before their weekend series against the host Shimane Susanoo Magic.

In an email to The Japan Times, the 32-year-old Brown, who suited up for the Seattle SuperSonics, Memphis Grizzlies and Charlotte Bobcats between 2006 and 2009, confirmed what a longtime league source told this newspaper: a family matter prompted him to leave Japan.

“It’s a family issue that needs my immediate attention dealing with my father,” wrote Brown, a Chicago native, in an email. “I can’t go into detail but he really needs me. I didn’t want to leave because I really enjoyed the little time I was there, my teammates were great and coach (Shuto Kawachi) was really nice. I didn’t want to let anyone down by leaving, but I had to…”

Brown attended DePaul University before turning pro. His pro career has included stops in more than 10 countries, including South Korea and China.