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Mike Brown releases polite statement on being fired by Lakers

Nov 9, 2012, 3:56 PM EDT

Mike Brown, Kobe Bryant AP

If you know him or have listened to Mike Brown speak, you knew he wasn’t going all “Stan Van Gundy on the Magic” when he decided to speak on being fired by the Lakers Friday. Heck, he wasn’t even going to go Stan Van Gundy on the Lakers.

Rather, he was polite.

“I have great respect for the Buss family and the Lakers’ storied tradition and I thank them for the opportunity they afforded me. I have a deep appreciation for the coaches and players that I worked with this past year and I wish the organization nothing but success as they move forward.”

Whether or not you thought this firing was fair, you have to give Brown credit for this — he handled all this like a true professional. There have been people criticizing him since the day he was hired and this season that ratcheted up to unreasonable levels (like a death threat to his son). Through it all he stood there and took it, he answered questions, he didn’t go around telling people to shut up (that was Kobe Bryant) or snapping at people. You can see why people around the league like him.

  1. therealgts - Nov 9, 2012 at 4:12 PM

    Lakrluvr must have drank himself into a noon coma. Not one post all day.

  2. eneely11 - Nov 9, 2012 at 4:15 PM

    It was never a good fit

  3. limonadamas - Nov 9, 2012 at 4:16 PM

    Brown’s always been a nice guy. Hardworking and respectable. LA was a really tough gig to land, with an aging roster, temperamental star, and insatiable fanbase. On retrospect (having observed Brown’s coaching closely for the past year), it’s incredible that he took the Cavs to the Finals that year with a bad roster. It really speaks to LBJ’s talent, objectively speaking.

    As an aside, Brown’s got 18 million reasons to stay polite now though. Just saying. =)

  4. ron05342 - Nov 9, 2012 at 4:18 PM

    To the person who threatened Mike Brown’s son with death: you need help.

    Badly.

  5. bsreed - Nov 9, 2012 at 4:35 PM

    must be tough to handle this like a professional when youre working on a $11 mill buy out.

  6. albertmn - Nov 9, 2012 at 4:49 PM

    Brown was in a no win situation. If the team struggled, it was his fault. If the team won, it would have been because the players were so talented. He wouldn’t have gotten credit anyway. So, at least he gets out from the stress and still will get paid. I am guessing he didn’t say anything bad because there may be language in the contract that could cost him money if he bad mouthed the team. I don’t see him ever landing another head coach position (asst maybe, but not head coach), so I hope he invests that money wisely, as it is enough to last him the rest of his life if he doesn’t blow it.

    • ron05342 - Nov 10, 2012 at 1:23 AM

      Perhaps in regard to your assertion to contract language, but the guy doesn’t have a mean bone in his body. He really is a super nice guy.

      And he will be fine. His contract is $18 million over 4 years. That’s a lot of scratch. And he is such a hard-working guy who is quite bright, I am sure he will land an assistant coach assignment sometime in the near future.

  7. heat256 - Nov 9, 2012 at 5:01 PM

    Brown is getting seriously paid to not coach. He knows he is going to be the scaegoat first and foremost, so he had to know it was coming. When you are coaching a stacked superstar team and they stumble, poo is gonna hit the fan. I doubt he is crying in his beer. Best of luck to him.

  8. bjerkrulez - Nov 9, 2012 at 5:44 PM

    Kind of unfair but inevitable since they obviously have the talent…I guess everyone in LA assumed that a team has a week to learn the princeton offense and run it perfectly (and that’s with the starting lineup having played 1 preseason game together). Change is always a challenge for anyone and it normally takes time-unless if you’re Mr. Buss who thinks they can start 82-0 (>.<)

  9. bucs24 - Nov 9, 2012 at 5:48 PM

    That’s why Phil Jackson was at LAX this morning.

    • Kurt Helin - Nov 9, 2012 at 5:58 PM

      That or his girlfriend still lives in Los Angeles. And he has a home here.

  10. bjerkrulez - Nov 9, 2012 at 5:51 PM

    Not to mention the twitter guy (whoever that guy was) posting a death threat..he can somehow consider it (his firing) a blessing in disguise due to the safety of his son and family (and probably now has the time to hunt the guy lol)

  11. scrp2 - Nov 9, 2012 at 6:01 PM

    In other words, “I’m laughing all the way to the bank!”

  12. bjerkrulez - Nov 9, 2012 at 6:07 PM

    Don’t count on the zen master going back to LA…Buss removed all his remnants from the team (ie mr. shaw)

  13. bjerkrulez - Nov 9, 2012 at 6:21 PM

    dammit i hit the like button on my own post lol

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