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Mike Brown leaves Staples Center prior to Lakers-Nuggets due to personal reasons

Apr 13, 2012, 10:59 PM EDT

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Update: Seemingly good news, as the L.A. Times reports that Brown is expected back for the Lakers’ game Sunday against Dallas.

Lakers.com reports L.A. head coach Mike Brown left Staples Center Friday night prior to the Lakers’ game against the Denver Nuggets with what Lakers.com are describing as personal reasons. Assistant head coach John Kuester took over for Brown, his first game as acting head coach since being fired by the Pistons.

The Lakers were already short-handed against the Nuggets with Kobe Bryant missing yet another game with a painful shin injury. The Los Angeles Times reports that Brown was available for a pre-game media session before departing suddenly as Kuester took over. We’ll update you if further details become available. You certainly have to hope that all’s well for Brown and his family.

  1. mcjon22 - Apr 13, 2012 at 11:13 PM

    ‘Personal reasons’ AKA Getting the strong pimp hand from Kobe

  2. eshine76 - Apr 13, 2012 at 11:27 PM

    Food poisoning?

  3. tubal22 - Apr 13, 2012 at 11:33 PM

    It’s ok. Kobe has been coaching the last 3 games anyway.

    • progress2011 - Apr 14, 2012 at 12:58 AM

      tubal22…..Doubt if kobe is coaching. He is more likely to be watching film of Kevin Durant on how to make better shot selections.

      kobe : Field Goal Attempts – 1298, Field Goals Made- 558, Total Pts – 1572….43% shooting !!!

      KD : Field Goal Attempts- 1126, Field Goals Made – 563, Total Pts- 1597….50% Shooting !!!

      So, as I based on the 43% shooting, kobe has no time to do anything other than learn how to stop jacking up terrible shots.

      • tubal22 - Apr 14, 2012 at 4:33 AM

        Durant is a heck of a player.

        But Kobe doesn’t need to learn anything from him.

        5 rings, 2 (soon to be 3) scoring titles, 14 time all star, 1 MVP, 2 Finals MVP, 9 time 1st team all-nba, etc.

        And I don’t even like Kobe.

      • thomasbetterton - Apr 14, 2012 at 11:10 AM

        You might want to look a little more into FG% averages regarding different types of players before you start comparing them. 43% isn’t amazing, but far from terrible. KD is one of the best scorers ever and arguing that Kobe isn’t because of a lower FG% is childish. You could use the same logic to argue KD is a ball hog because he averages fewer assists per game.

        Also, using three exclamation marks is a poor excuse for knowing what you’re talking about.

      • Kurt Helin - Apr 14, 2012 at 11:47 AM

        You are right. Generally speaking, the more shots a player takes the more his field goal percentage drops (because he is not taking only good shots). Guys like Durant and Kobe who can keep a field goal percentage relatively high while taking a lot of shots are rare and valuable.

      • juanandonly24 - Apr 14, 2012 at 12:12 PM

        Tubal22, who cares how many trophies Kobe has. He has an extremely decorated career, but Kevin Durant at the moment is the more efficient player. That is a fact. So yeah, Kobe could learn a thing or two about knowing when to stop shooting, especially since he’s had games where he’s done 8-31, among other very inefficient games.

      • steelcitywhitty - Apr 14, 2012 at 2:36 PM

        you can take better shots when you have a Westbrook to share the load from the outside. Kobe has been leaning on Barnes, MWP, Fisher and Blake.

      • progress2011 - Apr 16, 2012 at 6:47 AM

        Ahahahaha…I enjoy posting facts about how kobe is a average player ” at best” ! I patiently wait for the list of excuses the delirious laker nation will pull out.

        The media and the david stern marketed him, after M.J. to keep interest in the league and one of the biggest market teams.

        But based on his stats, the terrible shot selection(s), games blown by his over shooting, he has never learned how to actually play the game, fundamentally.

        Then delirious laker nation believes, since they give a bunch of thumbs down, that will change the facts….ahahahaha

        Absolutely hilarious !!!

  4. sullivdr - Apr 14, 2012 at 1:33 AM

    Yinz guys are honestly sick, the poor mans got family problems and yinz are making fun of him.

  5. ddaughtry81 - Apr 14, 2012 at 1:54 AM

    So informative.

  6. beavertonsteve - Apr 14, 2012 at 1:54 AM

    Field Goal Attempts – 1893, Field Goals Made -881 46% shooting!

    I guess if that Jordan guy could have studied some KD film he coulda been something special. Instead he just kept jacking up terrible shots on his way to his last MVP and title.

    • davidly - Apr 14, 2012 at 5:06 AM

      I notice you took his final season with the Bulls. But Jordan was 49% for his career, .497 to be more precise. Still, I get your point.

      Anyway, I’m not one of those Kobe haters, he’s obviously one of the greatest hoops guys of all time, but bringing Jordan into it doesn’t really do this conversation justice. Because if Bryant had been shooting as well as MJ (dude shot well over 50% six seasons in his career), he’d be well past him on the all-time scoring list already.

      Better just casually mention that Durant is also only (“only” – as if) 46% for his career. Different players. Different positions. Different styles. Different teams. Stupid discussion we got dragged into.

  7. nicosanchez02 - Apr 14, 2012 at 2:28 AM

    Kobe 5 world championship rings
    Durant zero!

    • addictedzone - Apr 14, 2012 at 12:07 PM

      Yup. Looks like Bryant will never catch Scottie Pippin or Robert Horry.

      • fouldwimmerlaik - Apr 14, 2012 at 1:14 PM

        LOL! 5 rings against 6 is NOTHING compared to 5 rings against NONE at all.

      • fouldwimmerlaik - Apr 14, 2012 at 1:18 PM

        Put it this way: If I were to choose who I would want to be (as far as accomplishments and talent in the NBA is concerned) I would definitely choose to be Kobe over KD anytime.

  8. socalgal64 - Apr 14, 2012 at 2:28 AM

    This wasn’t Keuster’s first time coaching since being fired. He coached the Lakers after Mike Brown was suspended in February.

  9. abchome - Apr 14, 2012 at 2:32 AM

    He’ll be available after the game sending video chips to the league for re-evaluation of whatever!

  10. jh4prez - Apr 14, 2012 at 6:32 AM

    My ex cavs coach MB is doing a hell of a job btw.those lakers fans really need to be thankful that the buss’ were smart enough to bring this man in.

  11. isujames - Apr 14, 2012 at 8:23 AM

    kobe n riders,and with all his noted accomplishments and accolades he is not a top ten all time player!

  12. omniusprime - Apr 14, 2012 at 9:04 AM

    Can Mike Brown miss the rest of the session due to personal reasons? That would be the greatest favor he could do for the team, let’s face it Kobe is the real coach now. Nice to see new Laker players stepping up each night Kobe doesn’t play, bodes well for the playoffs. Only weak spot is the coaching position, then the bench.

  13. noahbird - Apr 15, 2012 at 12:10 AM

    So, what’s up with Brown?

  14. thisisether - Apr 15, 2012 at 7:34 AM

    Kevin Durant is also almost 6’11, playing against players that are always either shorter and quick or tall and slow… He % will always be better, by default….

  15. progress2011 - Apr 15, 2012 at 1:01 PM

    Kobe has taken 172 more shots than Durant BUT KD leads him in scoring by 25 points !!!

    Reading some of the ” excuses ” from delirious laker fans is absolutely hilarious.

    Keep giving me thumbs down…that’s fine ! BUT Numbers don’t lie !!! ahahahaha

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