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  1. Dwyane Wade says Lakers slow start reminds him of Heat

    Nov 20, 2012, 12:40 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers

    Do you remember the 9-8 Miami Heat? The ones off to a slow start after putting together a superstar team (then the players doing their part to hype the expectations at a pep rally)? The ones that had national pundits calling for Erik Spoelstra to be sent packing so that legendary coach Pat Riley could…

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

    Nov 12, 2012, 10:55 AM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Cleveland Cavaliers

    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…

  3. Mike Brown releases polite statement on being fired by Lakers

    Nov 9, 2012, 3:56 PM EDT

    Mike Brown, Kobe Bryant

    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…

  4. Lakers owner Jim Buss gives Mike Brown vote of confidence

    Nov 8, 2012, 8:08 AM EDT

    Mike Brown

    After what is arguably the Lakers ugliest loss of the season in Utah — although it’s really hard to pick just one, they have all been so ugly — the heat from fans and the media is back on coach Mike Brown and his Princeton offense. But not from Lakers ownership. Jim Buss preached patience…

  5. Steve Nash will sit out for Lakers. Welcome to the Steve Blake era.

    Nov 2, 2012, 10:06 PM EDT

    Lakers Steve Nash smiles as he plays in the Lakers season opening game against  Dallas

    As we pretty much all expected, Steve Nash will not suit up for the Lakers Friday night against the Clippers, the contusion on his shin still limiting movement too much, Lakers coach Mike Brown confirmed before the game on Friday. Steve Blake will start, and Brown said both Chris Duhon and Darius Morris could see…

  6. The interconnectivity of the Lakers’ problems

    Nov 2, 2012, 5:04 PM EDT

    Lakers starters walk onto the court after a timeout during their loss to the Dallas Mavericks in their NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    If you ask five people what’s wrong with the Lakers, you’re likely to get five different answers. That’s what happens when a team with that caliber of talent opens the season 0-2. There are simply too many things to pick at for there to only be one thing wrong. That said, the Lakers issues aren’t…

  7. Mike Brown defends himself, Princeton-style offense

    Nov 1, 2012, 10:56 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers

    Mike Brown should be glad there is not an election next Tuesday on his status as Lakers coach. To say Lakers fans are livid after an ugly 0-2 start would be to underestimate the level of frustration around the City of Angels. It’s not just that the Lakers lost — although that is never accepted…

  8. Why are the Lakers taking the ball out of Steve Nash’s hands?

    Oct 13, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Los Angeles Lakers

    When the Lakers landed Steve Nash, even before Dwight Howard, there was exultation across Lakers Land. The team would no longer need to run everything through Kobe Bryant, wouldn’t struggle getting the ball to the bigs, would have someone to quarterback, coordinate, and execute the offense. Yes, it was going to be a great new…

  9. Lakers coach Mike Brown thinks Dwight Howard will help

    Sep 20, 2012, 9:37 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    It’s an interesting contrast of styles. For years the Lakers had Phil Jackson as coach and he used an economy of words but usually gave media and fans a little insight, he often said something interesting. Now Mike Brown is the coach and he likes to talk, he gives long-winded answers, but rarely reveals much…

  10. Jim Buss was “very disappointed” in Lakers finish

    Jun 1, 2012, 12:21 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Introduce Mike Brown

    I will say this for Jim Buss (the son of Lakers owner Jerry Buss who now runs the franchise): he is getting out and talking to the media more. He realizes he needs to have a presence with the fans (like his sister Jeanie does). So he went on a the Lakers flagship radio station…

  11. Quote of the Day: Metta World Peace takes responsibility for his play, calls Mike Brown fat

    May 22, 2012, 6:15 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers' Metta World Peace, formerly known as Ron Artest, holds a news conference in Los Angeles, California

    From the Los Angeles Times’ Mark Medina: Metta on Mike Brown: “It was a drastic change and took getting used to. But at the same time, we should still be up 3-2. Mike wasn’t out there guarding Kevin. That was me. Mike didn’t miss three point shot. I missed it. Mike didn’t come in out of…

  12. Lakers need big changes — which means trading a big man

    May 22, 2012, 11:34 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Pau Gasol walks off the court after a season-ending loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder during Game 5 of the NBA western conference semi-finals in Oklahoma City

    It’s obvious the Lakers need changes. Big changes. The Oklahoma City Thunder are younger, deeper, more athletic and just flat out better. And they are not going anywhere for a few years. That’s not to mention up-and-coming contenders like the Clippers in the West that are passing where the Lakers seem stuck on the side…

  13. Lakers-Thunder Game 4: The scapegoating of Pau Gasol

    May 20, 2012, 4:18 PM EDT

    kobe-game-3-thunder

    Someone has to go down for this. It might as well be Pau Gasol, I suppose. Because it sure isn’t going to be Kobe Bryant. When the Lakers lost to the Thunder Saturday night, blowing a nine-point fourth quarter lead to do down 3-1 in their Western Conference Semifinals series with OKC, it was Kevin…

  14. 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…

  15. Magic Johnson thinks Mike Brown can’t survive a Game 7 loss

    May 12, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Magic Johnson

    It’s amazing when people tend to dismiss what Magic Johnson says about the Lakers. He’s arguably the greatest player in franchise history, is known as a close and personal friend of owner Jerry Buss, still holds an official positions inside the front office, has held an ownership stake in the team as recently as two…

  16. Kobe, Mike Brown say Gasol, Bynum had better step up now

    May 11, 2012, 11:06 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers players Jordan Hill, Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum sit on the bench shortly before their defeat by the Denver Nuggets in Denver

    Is there any upper echelon team in the NBA that can lay an egg like the Lakers? Denver came out at home in Game 6 with an energy that the Lakers just refused to match and they got their doors blown off. What was hard to swallow for Lakers fans was that Kobe Bryant spent…

  17. Mike Brown says that stupid idea to intentionally lose Game 5 to get Metta World Peace back is stupid

    May 8, 2012, 5:36 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    Here’s the situation: if the Lakers-Nuggets series goes to six games, Metta World Peace‘s suspension would end, and he would be able to appear in either Game 7 of the Lakers-Nuggets series or, more importantly, Game 1 of the Lakers-Thunder series if the Lakers ended up beating the Nuggets. Naturally, some people have been wondering…

  18. Mike Brown says injuries to Rose, Shumpert a product of the shortened season

    Apr 29, 2012, 3:02 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    Derrick Rose of the Bulls and Iman Shumpert of the Knicks both suffered season-ending knee injuries on the opening day of the playoffs Saturday, and Lakers head coach Mike Brown believes the compressed schedule that players faced in this lockout-shortened season may have had something to do with it. Speaking before his team was set…

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

    Apr 13, 2012, 10:59 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Los Angeles Lakers

    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…

  20. Kobe Bryant out Friday vs. Denver, Sunday game up in air

    Apr 13, 2012, 2:48 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    Kobe Bryant is going to miss another game due to his ongoing shin problems, he will not play Friday night as the Lakers take on Denver, coach Mike Brown told the media at the team’s shootaround. He also would not speculate on if Kobe will be available for Sunday’s national television game against the Mavericks,…

  21. Mike Brown still gets advice from Gregg Popovich

    Apr 11, 2012, 8:23 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers head coach Mike Brown watches as his team loses in the fourth quarter during their NBA basketball game against the Phoenix Suns in Phoenix

    A lot of Lakers fans like to remind Mike Brown he doesn’t have a ring — except that he does. He was an assistant on the Spurs when they picked up their 2005 ring. Brown comes out of the Gregg Popovich coaching tree in the NBA. And before his Lakers team takes on the Spurs…

  22. Phil Jackson says we all need to be more Zen about Bynum

    Apr 10, 2012, 11:26 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Los Angeles Clippers

    Shouldn’t we have known that if you asked Phil Jackson about what is going on with Andrew Bynum his reaction would have been to relax, let things play out, it will all work out like it is supposed to? Jackson took time from playing with his Zen sand garden writing his newest book to speak…

  23. Mike Brown taking Andrew Bynum’s latest ejection in stride

    Apr 7, 2012, 9:35 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers coach Brown celebrates with Bynum during their NBA game against Boston Celtics in Los Angeles

    Andrew Bynum was ejected early in the fourth quarter of the Lakers loss to the Rockets on Friday, and by all accounts, it was a situation that should have been completely avoided. Bynum already had picked up one technical foul, and after scoring on a strong post move inside, he turned to the Houston bench…

  24. Andrew Bynum has very little respect for Mike Brown’s… huddles

    Apr 1, 2012, 2:25 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Lakers

    Andrew Bynum had the big blow-up with Mike Brown a few weeks ago where he tossed up a three, and then pouted about being benched for the three and poor defensive rotations. And on Sunday, after a disappointing win, if there is such a thing, over the New Orleans Hornets, reporters asked Bynum about Mike…

  25. Lakers offensive system not the problem, it’s the shooters

    Mar 9, 2012, 9:06 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Los Angeles Lakers

    The Lakers are frustrated. They are talking about wanting to run more triangle sets and less of Mike Brown’s east-to-west motion offense. I’ve said it’s less about the offense than the execution — the Lakers need to be an inside-out team, but are you when Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol combined take just 1.7 more…

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