Former NBA Player Living Homeless on the Streets of Los Angeles
Nyshia Taylor, YourBlackWorld.com
This is not the first time, and I am sure this will not be the last time I hear about a former NBA player’s misfortunes. Once the head star for the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Lewis Brown, is now homeless and living on the streets of Los Angeles.
Three decades ago Brown was considered a prodigy. He led his high school basketball team to multiple championships, helped lead the U.N.L.V Rebels into college basketball’s top ranks, and was drafted to the Milwaukee Bucks in 1977. Sadly, Brown’s life these days has strayed far from the fame of basketball. He spends the majority of his day at Mobil stations washing customers’ windows as they pull in for gas.
Brown’s life is the perfect example of wasted potential and lost opportunities. He cites coaches who did not understand his emotional turmoil as the reason for him being in the position he is in today, but his coaches and former teammates have a different opinion. They say he was a difficult player whose performance was erratic on the court.
Brown has a history of arrests, although none of them recent, which includes drug charges. Family members of Brown claim he was using cocaine during his days at U.N.L.V. His sister Jeri Brown stated, “Drugs were his downfall.”