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Lakers enter damage control around Magic’s Mike Brown statements

May 12, 2012, 6:40 PM EDT

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See, and here’s the problem with having your franchise legend, former owner, and acting VP as an “analyst” on television.

When Magic Johnson made comments regarding Mike Brown being fired if the Lakers were to lose Game 7 Saturday night, it set off more alarms than usual. Typically, a studio analyst making a comment like that is going to fly right by. It’s not crazy. It’s probably not insider information. Johnson has likely not spoken with Jerry Buss on the subject, he’s almost certainly not involve in the decision making process. But Johnson is an acting vice president for the Lakers. His former stake in the Lakers’ ownership group is irrelevant, as it was sold in 2010. But he’s still a member of the organization.

So naturally…

LAKERS DAMAGE CONTROL… ENGAGE!

From a Lakers statement:

“The opinion expressed yesterday by Magic Johnson regarding Mike Brown was his personal opinion and was made in his role as a TV analyst.  His words were not made on behalf of the Los Angeles Lakers, and in no way do they reflect the feelings or position of team ownership or management.  We are fully committed to and supportive of Mike Brown as head coach of the Lakers.”

Well, now, that’s much better. He was acting as an analyst. Much like David Stern was acting as owner when he blocked… you know what? Nevermind.

Brown, for his part is downplaying it:

“Magic’s a good guy and he’s entitled to his opinion,” Brown said. “My focus is on winning this game and that’s it. All the other stuff, I don’t have any control over the other stuff. I think I’ve told almost everybody here that’s covered me, ‘Hey, you guys got jobs to do.’ Magic has a job to do. One of his jobs is to voice his opinion. He’s a great guy. There’s nothing for me to be concerned about there. I’m playing and coaching to win this game tonight and that’s it.”

via Mike Brown of Los Angeles Lakers says Magic Johnson’s criticism doesn’t bother him – ESPN Los Angeles.

So the  a VP of the team you work for figuratively stabbed you on national television and you say “He’s got a job to do, he’s a great guy?”

Mike Brown is taking this so much better than any of the rest of us would.

  1. mungman69 - May 12, 2012 at 7:09 PM

    Keep Mike Brown. Matt, I will be glad when this weekend is over, won’t I?

  2. allmyteamsareterrible - May 12, 2012 at 7:35 PM

    As a Cavs fan I can tell you, Mike Brown is not a good coach. Watch every Cavs playoff series and you will see him out coached every year. I really can not offer any reasonable explanation as to why he was hired by the Lakers.

    • thestudiokida - May 12, 2012 at 7:48 PM

      Mike Brown knows defense. He convinced LeBron that he could become an elite defender and carry the Cavs into contention. But offensively, well… he couldn’t draw up a play to save his career. Look at all the awful shots the Cavs took or tried to take after a timeout. Most coaches get a score after calling time.

      • allmyteamsareterrible - May 12, 2012 at 7:52 PM

        He was out coached repeatedly. This is really inarguable. He can’t manage lineups, he can’t manage rotations, he can’t manage offensive sets…he simply can’t coach. He has parlayed regular season success with LeBron into a coaching career, but when it’s all said and done he will be a coach that had two of the greatest NBA players of all time and couldn’t win a championship with either of them/

    • bigmeechy74 - May 12, 2012 at 7:56 PM

      Those cavs teams were absolutely terrible. They had one great player and a bunch of garbage. What did you want them to do? Win rings with that roster? Absurd.

      • davidly - May 12, 2012 at 8:13 PM

        How does a team with one guy and garbage get to the NBA finals?

      • bigmeechy74 - May 12, 2012 at 9:49 PM

        Do you think that was a good cavs team? LOL. It took an OTHERWORLDLY AMAZING performance by Lebron to get them there. That was easily the worst supporting cast to make the finals in the last 30 years. Even those nets teams had a better roster. Pretty amazing you think that was a quality squad.

      • bigmeechy74 - May 12, 2012 at 9:54 PM

        What is even scarier is that 4 idiots agreed with you and gave you a thumbs up

      • davidly - May 13, 2012 at 2:41 PM

        Nah, they don’t agree with me. They just think you’re a butthole.

      • whooodeyyy - May 14, 2012 at 10:12 AM

        You called him a butthole… classic

  3. lakerade - May 12, 2012 at 7:58 PM

    Kobe is the coach, Bynum is the key. That’s why Kobe hasn’t belittled Bynum this season. Brown is a puppet to deflect. May World Peace return tonight. #oneatatime

  4. davidcl77 - May 12, 2012 at 8:37 PM

    I think Magic needs to keep comments like this to himself. These days too many people are saying crazy things. This is one of them. He will not be fired even if they lose.

  5. hoytdadd64 - May 12, 2012 at 8:38 PM

    Why is it Brown’s statement sounds a lot like Gasol’s lame a$$ response to Kobe calling him out? 3 things scare me about tonight’s game. 1. Pau Gasol not showing up. 2. Andrew Bynum not showing up. 3. Brown’s rotations and adjustments. Hopefully LA gets Artest back and not MWP!! And thank god Kobe isn’t sick anymore.

  6. theduuuuuuuuuude - May 12, 2012 at 8:49 PM

    Everyone talks about Mike Brown being a defensive guru, but obviously he doesn’t know how to get through to this team. They look like matadors, jumping out of the way and letting the Nuggets run right to the hoop unguarded. It’s probably a little premature to talk about Mike Brown getting fired, but he won’t be helping his cause at all by losing this series. Lakers fans are already divided over Mike Brown, but he’s not going to gain any fans by losing to a team that they should have beaten in 5.

  7. wfon1 - May 12, 2012 at 8:56 PM

    theres only so much a coach can do. bynum is acting immature with his comments and actions. this isnt something new and its hurting the team. trade bynum. he has talent and is tough (not lately) but he isnt mentally tough

  8. therealdmuls - May 12, 2012 at 9:01 PM

    I can’t stand Magic Johnson.

  9. brianbosworthisstonecold - May 12, 2012 at 9:29 PM

    theduuuuuuuuuude | May 12, 2012, 5:49 PM PDT
    Everyone talks about Mike Brown being a defensive guru, but obviously he doesn’t know how to get through to this team. They look like matadors, jumping out of the way and letting the Nuggets run right to the hoop unguarded. It’s probably a little premature to talk about Mike Brown getting fired, but he won’t be helping his cause at all by losing this series. Lakers fans are already divided over Mike Brown, but he’s not going to gain any fans by losing to a team that they should have beaten in 5.

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    They looked like matadors jumping out of the way.

    -now that is frickin hilarious! Thanks for the LOL!

  10. ezmagic - May 12, 2012 at 9:48 PM

    If magic is acting VP of the lakers wtf is he doing on espn as an analyst? I’m no laker fan but don’t blame everything on the coach. Gasol n Bynum are barely moving around out there. You call that garbage the 2nd best center in the league?!? What a joke! Have you heard bynum interview lol he can barely make out sentences. Someone please give him a haircut or at least a trim. nappy head

  11. vader7176 - May 12, 2012 at 10:03 PM

    Why does anyone listen to Ervin? Some guys should not be allowed to speak in front of a camera, regardless of how smart or stupid they are.

  12. isujames - May 12, 2012 at 10:10 PM

    @bigmeechy74 I agree with you.

  13. isujames - May 12, 2012 at 10:14 PM

    Go Nuggets!!!!!!

  14. mrheavychevy - May 13, 2012 at 12:33 AM

    Either way Mike brown sucks as a coach we should’ve mad Shaw head coach

  15. willcoop62 - May 13, 2012 at 12:46 AM

    If they low this game tonight, he may be looking for that assistant job with Popovich in San Antonio again.

  16. 20dollardinners - May 13, 2012 at 1:33 AM

    I agree on lineups and rotations 100%. Every team I have seen him coach relies on smaller lineups with huge minutes to the starters. I think he is horrible at developing his bench. Thank Kobe and the Denver D for any of the bench points in this series.

  17. omniusprime - May 13, 2012 at 8:55 AM

    Thank You Magic for lighting a fire under loser Mike Brown’s behind so that he finally earned his overly large paycheck. About time Brown did some coaching after the debacles of games 6 & 7. There was no need for damage control, just Brown doing his job for once. I hope Magic keeps speaking out lighting a fire under anyone’s behind to ensure the Lakers are properly motivated for another championship. Go Kobe!!! Go Magic!!! Go Lakers!!!!

  18. schaffershokai - May 13, 2012 at 10:55 AM

    I think it’s time for LeBron to celebrate. I wonder if he likes redheads: http://youtu.be/KqVNv-rzxcA

  19. tjp44 - Jul 11, 2012 at 4:22 PM

    Brown gets one more year…last year was screwed up byt the hodout and it was hi sfirst year…..but……………

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