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Posted on: February 18, 2012 12:52 am
Edited on: February 18, 2012 1:03 am
 

Shannon Brown putback dunk vs. Lakers video

Posted by Ben Golliver

A former member of the Los Angeles Lakers got in a late highlight against his old team in the closing minutes of a Friday night game at Staples Center.

Phoenix Suns guard Shannon Brown threw down a big putback dunk against the Lakers with a little more than four minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. Brown crashed the boards untouched by Lakers big men Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum, sneaking in to snare the ball with his left hand before clutching it with both hands to throw it down with two hands.

Brown, 26, is averaging a career-high 9.0 points and 2.0 rebounds in 21.1 minutes per game after signing with the Suns in December. Long known as a high flier, Brown competed in the 2010 Slam Dunk Contest. 

The Lakers went on to win, 111-99. Brown finished with 15 points and 1 rebound on 6-for-11 shooting in 20 minutes for Phoenix.

Heres' the video of Phoenix Suns guard Shannon Brown throwing down against his former team, the Los Angeles Lakers. 

Posted on: December 8, 2011 2:57 pm
 

Report: Shannon Brown to sign with Phoenix

Posted by Royce Young

This is what happens when your backup point guard is stuck in China, I guess. According to Yahoo! Sports, Shannon Brown will sign a one-year, $3.5 million deal with the Phoenix Suns Friday.

The Suns are in need of a backup to Steve Nash because their current backup, Aaron Brooks, is currently in China after signing there during the lockout. If you recall, players that signed in China weren't given NBA opt-out clauses.

So Phoenix is left to add another piece and while Brown isn't quite the caliber player Brooks is, he's still a quality backup. Brown has been coming off the bench in Los Angeles for the last few years after making a jump from the D-League.

Playing backup to Steve Nash in Phoenix is a big role as the aging two-time MVP often has injuries pop up at times. Brown could be thrust into the starting role at times and with Nash likely trying to keep his minutes in check during this crammed season, Brown could play a pretty heavy role.

The Suns will be Brown's sixth team, but sixth in seven years. He's had two stops in Cleveland as well as two stops in Los Angeles. Last season with the Lakers he averaged 8.7 points and 1.2 assists in 19.1 minutes per game backing up Derek Fisher.

Speaking of, how does this impact the Lakers? Well, they already have another backup in place in Steve Blake, but liked Brown because of his versatility. The Lakers drafted Andrew Goudelock out of Charleston in June in the second round and could easily plug him in as their third point guard. He's a big guard at 6-3 and was really highly rated by a lot of scouts before the draft. Senior, crafty and smart. Sort of like a bigger Derek Fisher, I guess.
Posted on: October 6, 2011 2:32 pm
Edited on: October 6, 2011 2:34 pm
 

LA's Brown on negotiations: Truth will come out

Posted by Royce Young

After labor negotiations fell apart Monday with the players reportedly walking out, David Stern dropped a bombshell in his presser afterwards. The league was ready to go for a real 50-50 BRI split.

The was some dispute over the accuracy of that. There were reports of players being furious over Stern saying that because they say it wasn't offered. Some saw it as a brilliant PR move from Stern to put pressure on the players to get back in the bargaining room and make a deal.

Shannon Brown joined ESPN Radio in Los Angeles and addressed Stern's 50-50 claim. And he doesn't sound like he's buying it.

Everybody wants everybody on their side so if he told the media whatever he told them that is just to get everybody who doesn’t really know what is going on on their side. That’s the way he wants to play the game and that’s the way he’s playing the game. Everybody, the truth will come out when it’s all said and done. The books haven’t been all the way open so you never know know what’s not being said. I just try to leave that part alone and just focus on coming to this agreement.
Of course Brown has been teammates with Derek Fisher for the past few years so it's likely they've talked since Monday. But Brown's pretty much calling Stern a liar here. A lot of players evidently feel this way but saying "the truth will come out when it's all said and done" is a pretty strong indication Brown thinks Stern is lying.

And here's the thing: Stern very well could've been lying. He could've been using the media as a negotiating tool, which isn't anything new. Stern's a brilliant negotiator and you better believe he has a reason and plan behind everything he says and does. So this 50-50 claim had a motive, whether it was just Stern sharing the truth to put pressure on the players or him making up something to do the same.
Posted on: June 30, 2011 7:21 pm
Edited on: June 30, 2011 10:12 pm
 

Lakers G Shannon Brown opts out to free agency

Los Angeles Lakers guard Shannon Brown has opted out so that he can enter free agency. Posted by Ben Golliver. shannon-brown

It's been a fairly quiet summer for the Los Angeles Lakers roster-wise. With one exception, that is.

The Los Angeles Times reports that Lakers guard Shannon Brown has decided to opt out of the final year of his contract so that he can enter free agency.
Lakers backup guard Shannon Brown informed the team Thursday that he was exercising his option to terminate the final year of his contract to become an unrestricted free agent.

"We made the best decision for me and everybody around me," Brown said in a telephone interview. "It's an interesting time to do this because of the lockout, but I think this is the best thing for me to do right now."

"I haven't ruled out the Lakers," Brown said. "I don't know if they will rule me out. I'm staying open."
Brown, 25, brought an athletic and vertical presence to the Lakers backcourt, which was otherwise comprised entirely of veterans: Kobe Bryant, Derek Fisher and Steve Blake. Brown is probably most known for his leaping ability but he has grown during his time in the NBA, posting a career high of 8.7 points per game in 2010-2011. Brown has also been quite durable, appearing in all 82 games for the Lakers for the second consecutive season. 

Clearly, Brown is seeking a big-dollar, multi-year extension from somebody. By opting out, he is passing up the opportunity to make $2.4 million in the 2011-2012 season.

It's unclear exactly how aggressive the Lakers will be in working to keep him, as their payroll already hovers around a league-high $90 million and the team selected two guards -- Darius Morris from Michigan and Andrew Goudelock from the College of Charleston -- in the second round of the 2011 NBA Draft. We won't know until after the NBA lockout is complete.

Posted on: May 15, 2011 12:26 am
Edited on: May 15, 2011 12:31 am
 

Shannon Brown squelches Pau Gasol rumor

Los Angeles Lakers guard Shannon Brown took to Twitter to squelch a rumor involving Pau Gasol's girlfriend. Posted by Ben Golliver. pau-brown

The Los Angeles Lakers bombed out of the 2010-2011 NBA playoffs in surprising and disgraceful fashion. Lamar Odom and Andrew Bynum were ejected after some unnecessary fouls and most of the rest of the team played without much heart or energy as the Dallas Mavericks swept them out of the second round.

In particular, All-Star big man Pau Gasol was listless and ineffective, averaging just 13.1 points and 7.8 rebounds, well below his season averages. It got so bad that Phil Jackson, the Zenmaster, screamed at Gasol and thumped him on the chest to try to wake him up.

As Gasol struggled on the court, rumors off the court circulated about problems involving his girlfriend. The rumors first involved Kobe Bryant's wife. Both players moved to squash that talk in relatively short order, stating publicly that the relationships between the two players and their significant others were all hunky-dory. 

After the Lakers were eliminated, an even more vicious rumor emerged concerning a supposed relationship between Gasol's girlfriend, Silvia Lopez Castro, and Lakers guard Shannon Brown.

Brown took to Twitter on Saturday night to correct the record: "Ok let me put a end to this right now before it goes any further. I DID NOT SLEEP WITH @paugasol woman!!! First and last time addressing it!"

Rumors about the private lives of professional athletes, especially teammates, is a dirty, dirty game. In the past, standard practice for athletes has generally been to avoid commenting on them directly so as not to legitimize them.

Clearly, Brown has opted for a different approach. Given that he has more than 152,000 followers on the social networking site, his side of the story can be dispersed widely and without a filter. Putting out that kind of statement might very well make his life easier, or at least a little less dramatic.

If you're Gasol, though, how do you react? Are you glad Brown put the rumors to bed? Are you a little peeved that a public denial/clarification of this sort was necessary? Are you worried that this might serve as fodder for additional rounds of rumors? 

It's hard to know without being in his shoes. It's especially difficult because Gasol did acknowledge that some of the rumors that had spread had been hurtful to Carsto. Does this help or hurt her?
Posted on: May 9, 2011 2:16 pm
 

Lakers backing gently off "blow up" talk

Mitch Kupchak says not to worry too much about Magic's "blow it up" comments. But if not a complete self-destruction, is a major remodeling on the way,and how does a new coach fit into this?
Posted by Matt Moore




Sure, you were just swept out of the playoffs in what should have been the culmination of so much work, effort, and money spent in order to achieve a three-peat and send your expensive Hall of Fame coach out in style. Sure, your roster was relatively exposed as lackadaisical, lacking in focus, determination, heart, and eventually class. And yes, the idea has always been to reload when the shots don't quite hit their target, which is always championship gold. 

But the Lakers? They're not looking to follow Magic Johnson's advice and blow it up. Not yet, anyway. And not completely. 

From Sports Illustrated: 
(Lakers GM Mitch) Kupchak cautioned against the idea that Johnson's recent comments on ABC were an early indication of things to come. The Lakers' legend had all but written his favorite team off during his television analysis, then recommended Kupchak "blow it up" by trading one of his frontcourt players for Orlando's Dwight Howard as a means to keeping the dynasty intact.

Jackson called the comment "unnecessary" before tip-off, while Kupchak largely dismissed the notion raised by some fans that it was an in-house sentiment being shared publicly. Howard is believed to be eyeing the Lakers as a possible landing spot when he becomes a free agent in 2012, however, meaning this storyline won't be going away anytime soon.

"I thought Earvin was trying to motivate our players," Kupchak said. "He's great at cheering for us, and a lot of times saying stuff like he said can motivate a player to play harder. That's how I took it.

"I talk to Earvin from time to time, and I think Dr. Buss [owner Jerry Buss] does from time to time, and this moves too quickly for him to be intimately involved in what's going on day to day, so I would hesitate to think that was the case."
via Lakers fall apart against Mavericks in Phil Jackson's farewell - Sam Amick - SI.com.

Not surprising that Magic isn't plugged into the day to day ops, especially having sold his stake, despite retaining a front office position. But the question is whether the Lakers are correct in this train of thought. One issue that isn't being talked about here is pretty obvious. This roster was constructed to play for Phil Jackson. 

And that definitely won't be the case next season. 

From ESPN:
Jackson might've played coy in what was likely his final postgame press conference, joking "I haven't answered that, have I?" when pressed for a definitive statement on whether he'd coached his final NBA game Sunday. But Kupchack says he believes Jackson's decision to retire is final this time.

"I think this is it," Kupchak told ESPNLosAngeles after the Lakers were swept out of the playoffs by the Dallas Mavericks 122-86 on Sunday. "We'll sit down and talk, but I've gotten no indication that he won't retire.

"We just talked briefly and I thanked him for what he's done for the organization. It was a pleasure to work with him. Everybody who is a coach in this league works endless hours. I'm not going to say he works harder than any other coach in this league. He certainly works as hard as any of them.

"But he's different. He's got a feel that I think a lot of coaches don't have."
via Los Angeles Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak senses Phil Jackson set to retire - ESPN Los Angeles.

With Jackson gone, Brian Shaw is the favorite to get the Lakers' head coaching job. But after the abject meltdown that occured on a chemistry level, the job will probably be open to several applicants. ESPN also reports the job is "wide open" and with candidates like Jeff Van Gundy, Rick Adelman, and Larry Brown on the market, you have to think ownership will take a long look at its options. And if there is a change in the coaching line, the new coach will want players to fit his personnel. 

The question of Dwight Howard will come back around again and again this summer once the CBA is resolved (if it's resolved). In case you missed it in the fall of Rome, here's Ken Berger of CBSSports.com on Howard and the Lakers: 
Everybody knows that Dwight Howard wants to be a Laker," said a person familiar with the All-Star centers plans. "Theyre going to lose Dwight Howard for nothing. Hes not staying there. Dwight Howard is going to be in the same mode as LeBron James."

So would the Magic, facing the reality of losing their franchise cornerstone and getting nothing in return, accept Gasol and Odom, Bynum and Odom, or even Bynum and Gasol as the centerpiece of a Howard trade?"Probably," said a high-profile agent with a hand in past maneuverings for both teams.
via Fast-approaching offseason critical for Lakers - NBA - CBSSports.com Basketball.

Landing Howard would automatically put the Lakers back at the top of the contenders list, though they may be there anyway, even with the Dallas Meltdown. But it comes with its own set of issues, including giving the reins of a veteran club to a younger player. How's Kobe Bryant going to react to being the No.2 for the first time since the first W. Bush term in his final ride into the sunset? Will the Magic really want Andrew Bynum after he embarrassed himself, his family, and his organization with (another) needless foul that could have resulted in injury and will definitely result in his suspension for multiple games next year, along with his injury issues on a long contract? 

There's time for all this, and the Lakers will take it. They are unlikely to "blow it up" and more likely to simply try and pick their favorite from the NBA's buffet as in year's past. But deals like the Pau Gasol trade don't come along twice in a four-year span, and with the franchise tag a possibility to come out of the CBA, life may be significantly different for L.A. after the seconds ticked off the Phil Jackson era in Dallas. 

Things aren't as simple as pushing the "self-destruct" button and starting over. Even Athens fell, and an immediate return to glory isn't always guaranteed for those blessed by the Gods for so long. 

But I wouldn't bet against them.
Posted on: May 9, 2011 1:42 pm
Edited on: May 9, 2011 1:48 pm
 

Pau Gasol had a bad week

Pau Gasol loses fiance, has tension with Lakers, is swept from playoffs. Other than that, things aren't bad for the 7-foot Spaniard. 
Posted by Matt Moore




Let's take a look at Pau Gasol's week: 

  • Dumped by his long-time girlfriend: check. 
  • Challenged and pushed physically by Phil Jackson, who notoriously does not get up in player's faces or ever touch them during games: check.
  • Dominated against Euro 7-footer, exposing him as an inferior to Dirk Nowitzki: check.
  • Swept from playoffs in attempt for three-peat, and failed to send arguably the greatest coach in NBA history out on a high note: check.

Yeah, that's a pretty bad week. 

Gasol was reported to be upset with Kobe Bryant over his wife's involvement in Gasol's girlfriend's decision to break up with him earlier in the week. Gasol admitted there was some tension in the locker room, but also denied Bryant's involvement. It's not really worth pursuing, since it's none of our business and it doesn't change the result. It's understandable that Gasol would be upset about something in his personal life like that, but in the biggest series of the year for the Lakers, they needed their big man, and he wasn't there. It's a rough patch of luck, but you have to fight through it if you want to be a champion, as cliche as that sounds. 

Perhaps more important, though, is this point. Regardless of what was going on with Gasol, he still could have dominated had the Mavericks not played him so well. They sent effective doubles, brought help when he got to the corner, challenged his turnarounds enough to drive him too deep baseline, and stayed aggressive on the defensive boards to not allow those tip-ins.  Pau Gasol has a terrible week, one that has changed Laker fans' perception of him despite his pivotal role in the Lakers' two championships, but it should be noted that it was a two way street. Gasol fell apart when the Lakers needed him most, and the Mavericks did what they had to in order to take away the Lakers' second best player. 

If the last few weeks have been interesting for Gasol, the next few months could be even moreso. 
Posted on: May 7, 2011 9:44 pm
Edited on: May 7, 2011 9:49 pm
 

Kobe Bryant predicts series win over Mavericks

Lakers guard Kobe Bryant says he thinks Los Angeles can come back from a 3-0 series deficit to the Dallas Mavericks. Posted by Ben Golliver.

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The Los Angeles Lakers' season could end as soon as Sunday night. Down 3-0 to the Dallas Mavericks with Game 4 in American Airlines Center, the Lakers will look to keep hople alive their season after three straight games featuring fourth quarter meltdowns. There has been plenty of blame to go around, 

While no NBA team has ever come back from a 3-0 deficit, ESPNLA.com reports that Bryant not only still has hope, he's predicting a series victory.
"I don't know, I might be sick in the head or crazy or thrown off or something like that because I still think we're going to win this series," Bryant said after totaling 17 points and six assists in Game 3. "I might be nuts. ... Let's win on Sunday, go back home and see if they can win in L.A."
We shouldn't expect less from Bryant, one of the league's most confident and decorated players. He isn't going to fold in the face of adversity, at least not publicly. With Games 4 and 6 still to be played in Dallas, however, L.A. faces an extremely tall order. It's better to go down with your head up, I suppose.

What happens in the very likely event that the Lakers aren't able to make good on Bryant's prediction? Ken Berger of CBSSports.com explores that subject, saying that trades, possibly including some big names, are likely in L.A.'s future.

The New York Times notes that Lakers legend Magic Johnson agrees with that assessment.
“If the Lakers lose this game, you’re going to have to blow it up,” Magic Johnson, the former Lakers great, said on ESPN. “This team has been together too long. It’s time for major changes for the Lakers.”
 
 
 
 
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