Much like his coach, Elton Brand knows what Chicago is all about.
The Bulls made Brand the first overall pick in the 1999 NBA Draft after two standout seasons at Duke. He averaged a double-double (20.1 points and 10 rebounds) in his two years in Chicago before the Bulls traded him to the Clippers in June 2001 for Tyson Chandler and Brian Skinner.
More than a decade later, Brand was back at the United Center for the opening round of the NBA playoffs, starting at power forward for the Philadelphia 76ers.
Sixers coach Doug Collins said his gameplan heading into Saturday's contest was to get Brand a bunch of shots and they followed suit. The 6-foot-8 forward finished with 19 points on 8-of-15 shooting to go along with seven rebounds and four blocks.
Brand was involved in the third-quarter incident in which players from both teams were seen jawing at each other around mid-court and the Duke product picked up a technical foul for his involvement.
"It's just tempers flaring and playing hard," he said. "Evan Turner and Rip Hamilton had a few words and somehow I ended up with a technical...Tempers were flaring. A lot of excitement out there. Guys were playing hard. Nothing malicious out there."
It's been 11 seasons since he's put on a Bulls uniform, but Brand admitted he still follows the organization.
"It's still a little weird," he said. "I started my NBA career here and have many memories from here. However, it's been a long time and I'm used to it."