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Shannon Brown wants a bigger role and a contender. I would like a pony and a rocket ship.

Oct 8, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT


Shannon Brown‘s going to be a free agent when the league comes back (you know, in 2014), and he’s going to have options. He’s still a young promising guard with two championship rings. His return to the Lakers makes sense from several perspectives, and a dozen more if you factor in how bad Steve Blake was last year. But then again, the Lakers have been moving in a different direction, and with a lowered salary cap, something’s got to give, and it might be Brown. So if he leaves, where does he want to play?

HoopsHype pulled a quote from a FoxSports video that was nice and tasty.

“I just want to go to a team that is contender to a championship. A team where I can showcase my talents.”


He also mentions “lots of playing time” and starting. Is Brown worth a starting spot? Is he a guy you can build around? It’ll be interesting to look at how Brown develops outside of the triangle. when Brown would play, particularly when Kobe Bryant wasn’t, you know, Kobe-Bryant-ing the offense for better or worse, Jackson would let Brown off the triangle leash a bit. His talents aren’t well suited for that system and in a fast break team on something with more cuts, he could really contribute. He’s a willing defender, with few huge marks against him. He had a hot shooting year until the bottom dropped out in the playoffs (along with the rest of the Lakers and Pau Gasol‘s professional pride).

Brown’s going to have his options. But it’s hard to see him winding up in a starting spot on a contender. You can’t always get what you want. #LetShannonStart?

  1. cosanostra71 - Oct 8, 2011 at 4:50 PM

    Shannon is one of my favorite Lakers along with Lamar, but I don’t think starting is his strong point. If he is a starter on a team playing heavy minutes, a lot of his faults will come out. Especially defensively. Like you said, he is a willing and capable defender, but if you put him in the whole game, he is going to get abused by bigger guys like Tyreke Evans, Joe Johnson, JR Smith (maybe not this year since he’ll be in China), and Manu. It’s been exposed before even in his reserve minutes. I don’t doubt that a team will offer him a starting role and money, but I doubt it’d be a contender. He will be the new Trevor Ariza.

    • zanderrosa - Oct 10, 2011 at 4:20 PM

      If the Bulls were interested, he’d prove formidable in the back court with D Rose. Think along the lines of the Warriors but with more size and better defense. He is undersized as a two guard but he’s pretty strong and his speed allows him to adjust quickly and stay in front of his defender. Think of the fast break opportunities with Rose and Brown, Rose would actually have another playmaker on his squad which could open up other parts of the offense. Brown would need to work on moving without the ball, running off screens and hitting pull up jumpers but that’s not far fetched. I think Ray Allen is the best fit for the bulls but that’s not happening this season so why not go for Brown or O.J. Mayo? I haven’t seen enough promise in JRich or JCrawford for the Bulls to pay those vets their desired wages. Brown on the Bulls would definitely give them a better chance against the Heat and perhaps all he needs is that role with starter minutes to really break out of his shell. Brown to the Bulls, best case scenario. Going to Charlotte would also be a good spot, but he would be kissing goodbye any chance of contending. Portland might be a good place as well if they are set on replacing Roy, but regardless, Brown isn’t absurd to desire filling in a starting role on a contending team, there are several teams in which he could be starting right away.

  2. therealhtj - Oct 8, 2011 at 6:11 PM

    If Shanon had a BBall IQ remotely resembling his BBall Athleticism, he’d already be an All-Star. Alas, he is what he’s always been. He can test the market all he wants, but I doubt anyone will want to spend much more on him than the Bi-Annual Exemption type deals he’s gotten from the Lakers the past two years.

    Nice enough guy, and one of the few NBA Ballers smart enough to marry a woman with something going on besides marrying an NBA Baller. I hope he gets what he’s looking for.

  3. MTArider - Oct 9, 2011 at 4:40 AM

    The Knicks should sign him. Ghey looked at him last year and he could thrive in D’Antoni’s fast break system. He wouldn’t be asked to be a top scoring option with Amare and Melo and they dont play much D anyway. Mike Woodson was just brought in for a D coach and will be preaching team/help D so I think he’d fit right in. He could start here and if Fields or Shumpert either improve or prove a better fit in the starting lineup Brown can always be a great energy guy off the bench.

  4. rreducla1 - Oct 9, 2011 at 9:16 PM

    There should be a support group for guys like Moore:

    “Hi, my name is Matt, and I’m a HaterBoy. I haven’t taken a gratuitous, pinheaded cheap shot at Kobe Bryant in two weeks, three days, and seven hours.”

    As to the comments about Brown, Moore is, as is usually the case when he writes about the Lakers, mostly wrong.

    Brown, like Blake, shot over his head for about a month and then dropped steadily after that. Brown’s USG last year was 22.2–second highest on the roster. His overall shooting numbers were no different than in 2010, and Lakers fans were complaining about his shooting too much and not getting the ball into the big guys enough long before the playoffs started. Moore, of course, blames this on Bryant.

    The only reason for the Lakers to consider keeping him is the system change. Moore’s only correct point is that Brown might do better in another system and on a team, as poster 3 says, that likes to run. But the real problem with Shannon Brown is that he is a tweener. He doesn’t shoot well enough to start at the 2, and he is not tall enough. He doesn’t handle well enough or have anywhere near the court vision to play the 1. His court vision is in fact very poor. He is a great athlete with nice ups, which the Lakers need, and if he were 6’7′ he might make a nice 3. He seems to be a good guy. But as it is, he is a 9th-10th man, a change-of-pace guy. And the Lakers need shooting and improved play at the 1 more than they need Brown.

    As to the “pony and rocket ship” crap, that is, as we always see with Moore when he writes about the Lakers, just a juvenile cheap shot. What does he expect Brown to say? “I want to be a 10th man on a lottery team”?

    Moore’s lockout stuff has been mostly good, but Helin would improve PBT if he would get Moore into Kobe/Laker counseling and let him write more about the rest of the league.

  5. 00maltliquor - Oct 10, 2011 at 1:44 AM

    Smells like he’s going to Chicago.

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