Print and Go Back ESPN.com: TrueHoop [Print without images]

Monday, July 28, 2008
Elton Brand on the Allure of Philadelphia


He tells USA Today's Chris Colston that his new teammates, and the lack of paparazzi were factors.

But it sounds like the biggest reasons were proximity to family, and the opportunity to get out from under the shadow of the Lakers.

My wife (Shahara) is from Newark, N.J. and I'm from Peekskill, N.Y. We're expecting our first child soon so it's good to have a family support group reasonably close by. ... We have our own city; we're not sharing it with the Lakers. Los Angeles is definitely a Lakers town, and with all their success they deserve it. But Philly has its own titles and tradition and Dr. J. Being part of all that is really an honor.