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LeBron James says Mike Brown didn’t get “fair shake”

Nov 12, 2012, 10:55 AM EDT

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LeBron James is even sticking up for Mike Brown.

Not that LeBron really has ever really ripped his former coach in Cleveland, he’s always pretty much said nice things in public. (When Brown was let go in Cleveland after the 2010 season James was in full “I’m not talking about anything Cleveland” mode and did not comment.)

But when Mike Brown was kicked to the curb by the Lakers after five games this season — to ultimately be replaced by Mike D’Antoni — LeBron joined the chorus of people who thought that was too fast, that he never really got a chance. Via ESPN’s Heat Index:

“I think it’s unfortunate,” James said Friday after the Heat’s win in Atlanta against the Hawks. “I just don’t think he got a fair shake, honestly. With the shortened season last year, and five games into this year, he didn’t really get a full season.”

The Lakers have countered that they had doubts and if Brown started to have the team play better they could be stuck with a good coach who was just not good enough. Better to move quickly. Of course, if the Lakers had doubts after those five games filled with injuries and no real chance for Brown to use his best guys, they had to have them before the season. Which is when they should have acted if they were going to.

Instead, the reaction around the NBA is pretty much like James shaking his head at his locker.

“I wish him the best, but I just think it’s unfortunate and it’s just, you know, how the league is. (The owners) can do what they want to do.”

  1. cantonbound13 - Nov 12, 2012 at 11:05 AM

    LeBron got him fired the first time. He should know better than to even comment on the matter.

    • michaeljordanseviltwin - Nov 12, 2012 at 1:21 PM

      Mike Brown was fired along with Danny Ferry (technically resigned) because Dan Gilbert was afraid of losing LeBron. That fear is what drove Cleveland to make all their irrational short-sighted moves like trading for Shaq & Antawn Jamison. I’d say LeBron left cleveland because of those fear-based moves like Brown’s firing rather than the other way around.

      • cantonbound13 - Nov 12, 2012 at 2:15 PM

        LeBron James decided to leave way before all those moves by Cleveland. In typical James fashion he followed Dwhine Wade’s suggestion to team up in Miami.

    • miamatt - Nov 12, 2012 at 2:29 PM

      More like LeBron carried Mike Brown through his five seasons in Cleveland. Seriously, who deserves more credit for winning 60+ games multiple times and making the finals at all? It sure ain’t Mike Brown.

      Still, it is fair to say Mike Brown never really had a chance in LA.

      • cantonbound13 - Nov 12, 2012 at 2:39 PM

        You have high standards. The goal is to win a championship, not just get there. Being swept in the Finals is not a successful season either. So how exactly did LeBron carry Mike Brown?

      • 1972wasalongtimeago - Nov 12, 2012 at 4:00 PM

        It’s not important whether or not LeBron carried Mike Brown to a championship in Cleveland.

        What IS importiant, is that LeBron carried Erik Spoelstra to a championship in Miami. I mean, that is the goal, right?

  2. xcastorx - Nov 12, 2012 at 11:23 AM

    Kobe: “Yo! Steve Blake! Go guard LeBron AND Wade AND Bosh or we’re trading you! NOW!!” Lol.” And grab the defensive board.

  3. mrlitl - Nov 12, 2012 at 11:47 AM

    It’s unfortunate that LA let Brown go, but not so when Cleveland did it to him in order to keep Bron, which didn’t work??

  4. dls612 - Nov 12, 2012 at 12:51 PM

    It wasn’t so much of him getting a fair shake ,he just didn’t fit! Although earlier this summer the Lakers fans was in denial. I remember all those comments about how he’s a good coach for the Lakers. Lakerluver you’re one of them! Hard to forget a pest!

  5. aboogy123456 - Nov 12, 2012 at 12:56 PM

    Hey Lebron! How the heck would you know how well Mike Brown was coaching in LA? And the owners aren’t the only ones that can do what they want to do, you of all people should know that and should be quiet.

    • badintent - Nov 13, 2012 at 1:42 AM

      Truth !

  6. skids003 - Nov 12, 2012 at 1:03 PM

    Just like your tweets on the election, Bron, nobody cares what you think.

  7. joshm5683 - Nov 12, 2012 at 2:07 PM

    I don’t think anyone thinks ill of Mike Brown and hes widely regarded as 1 of the hardest workers in the league. I am a Lakers fan and wasn’t thrilled when he was hired but wasn’t upset about it either. IMO is that he wasn’t very good at in game coaching. I heard it but didn’t pay much attention to it when people were saying he didn’t make adjustments when Boston was waxing the floor with Cleveland, and last season I was a bit indifferent because the bench was so bad, there wasn’t much to really adjust. This season though especially the 1st game against Dallas and the game against Utah……..they didn’t match up well in certain areas but didn’t change anything up at half time or ever and just tried to do the same thing and it didn’t work. I wish him the best and he seems like all around nice guy, I saw on some other site the day he got fired he was still taking pics with fans and stuff and was smiling, so pretty classy. Although I suppose its a bit easier to be classy when you get a 11 million payout to just sit around at home!

  8. progress2011 - Nov 12, 2012 at 8:15 PM

    Can’t wait til the Heat play the Fakers….LBJ can personally show them, how he disliked their “DECISION”….

    Let the spanking begin !

  9. omniusprime - Nov 13, 2012 at 9:09 AM

    Queen LeBoring James shows off his total ignorance with his clueless comment about the Lakers dumping Clueless Clown Brown after five games into the second season. They should never have hired this fraud of an NBA coach in the first place. Queen James certainly didn’t stick around Cleveland to keep Clown Brown coaching there. Just more total ignorance from a dunce that the dunce who wrote this could use for another worthless article to “earn”his pay. Right Kurt?

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