Tuesday, February 14th, 2012 at 2:45 pm  |  29 responses

Shannon Brown: ‘It’s Very Frustrating Sitting on the Bench’

Shannon Brown isn’t enjoying his time in Phoenix these days, as he has fallem out of Suns head coach Alvin Gentry’s rotation. Brown expressed his frustration to the AZ Republic: “Brown signed a one-year, $3 million deal with the thought that the opportunity to play would increase his value. Instead, Brown fell out of the rotation to make room for Michael Redd just as the Suns began playing better. ‘It’s very frustrating sitting on the bench,’ Brown said. ‘I’ve put my time in. I’ve earned my stripes. I’ve been through the fire. I know I can play this game. That’s the only thing keeping me positive. It’s not like I can’t do something. I can knock down big shots. I’ve done that. I won’t hate on nobody. I want to see the team successful. It’s just tough for me to sit on the bench, day in and day out, knowing I can help the team.’ Brown averaged a career-high 9.0 points per game in 22 games entering Monday night but was shooting 39 percent, his worst shooting since he played 21 games for two teams in 2007-08. Brown has not been out of the rotation like this since December 2008, when he did not play in nine consecutive games for Charlotte. Brown said coach Alvin Gentry has asked him to stay ready.”

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  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    You shouldn’t suck at basketball then.

  • http://www.ChanceDizzle.com Chance

    Shannon Brown is dope. He should have stayed in LA. I hope everything goes well for him or he gets sent to a team that will utilize him properly. He could easily be a 20 per game scorer.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    maybe stop shooting long 2′s moron. why the hell would Gentry play someone who dribbles into a terrible shot every time he catches the ball. You catch and shoot, drive, or pass. Not catch, dribble, pull-up 20 footer in a guys face. Especially if your only playing 15-20 minutes a night. Use your brain.

  • al

    stay ready, we know Micheal Redd can’t go 10 games before getting injured,

  • Laker Fan

    Shannon Brown should have stayed in LA….Chance is right on….dumb decision.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Chance? I don’t know you, but are you feeling okay today?

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85Bl3GRdULQ&feature=youtube_gdata_player 1982

    You shouldn’t have left the Lakers. Or you should have went to a Team like the Nets like your old bench buddy if you wanted more PT.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85Bl3GRdULQ&feature=youtube_gdata_player 1982

    Lakeshow FTW. Or Chance is Shannon.

  • robb

    The Lakers need him and the Suns are not using him. Life’s not fair.

  • Kadavour

    the grass is always greener…

  • 602Shorty

    He Should play more,,,but also Slow down and Stop turning the ball over so much,,,

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    It’s unfair having him in PHX too… why us?

  • http://espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=6lqqc4t nbk

    Dacre, click my name. How you like that?

  • http://slamonline.com The Philosopher

    He’ll be fine.
    There are worse things going on in the world than Brown sitting.

  • robb

    @Dacre Lakers bench is the worst in the NBA. Like they say: in the kingdom of the blind the one-eyed are kings.

  • price

    the lakers would be way better if they had farmar, vujacic, brown and odom. I remember once, no sorry twice, winning rings, with these dudes on the bench.

  • Kilo

    I had friends that thought that LA lowballed Brown with their contract offer. Well, he got his money didn’t he?

  • Shem

    I respect Brown’s business decision. It may not have worked out for him but he went to a team thinking he’d get a lot of playing time on a year contract expecting to get a wealthy long term deal the year after. You cant expect to get more minutes than a healthy Michael Redd though, dude was a phenom in his Milwaukee days.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    LA made him, should have continued to back up Kobe. BOOK IT!

  • Jake

    That’s what you get for ditching the Lakers! He would have started once Kobe retires.

  • MyronJ

    What do you expect! Youre backing up Kobe Bryant!

  • http://slamonline house

    wow I hate my life

  • Lin4President

    Boohoo. You are bringing home $ 250,000 a month.

  • http://www.recogthereal.blogspot.com Brandan E.

    i love Shannon brown, he helped us win 2 rings
    but he chose not to re-sign wit us.
    i know he wishes he would have, plus he woulda played lots of minutes at the back up 2guard this year! Alot of minutes.
    like i said, i like him but he should have re-signed back wit us and i know he knows thats

  • Ali

    Brown and L.O. are the key reasons the Lakers aren’t winning games they would have won had they had Brown and L.O. These guys are key ballers every team needs (IF YOU KNOW HOW TO GET THE BEST OUT OF THEM! insert Phil Jack) Brown, L.O. and The Lakers are hurting from letting them go. Grass ain’t always greener…

  • Bt

    Your on the worst 2-12 roster in the league and your out of the rotation. That’s a good sign you’re playing bad (which he was)

  • KH10

    Wish we hadn’t wasted money on this guy, he’s not fitting in. would have rather we went after Tmac, AI or Arenas as cheap gunslingers.

  • Bobito

    I knew this would be a bad move for him. He came off te bench for a championship caliber team a few years and chased the biggest contract thrown at him. To be honest he was lucky to be a 6th or 7th man with the lakers, and even though he’s better than Dudley, I don’t think he’s a starter. Very Ben Gordon like player who plays well off of the bench and can set the tempo for the second rotation. He shoulda stayed in LA or at least picked a quality team that wasn’t rebuilding. Good luck getting a better deal elsewhere next season.

  • Devonte

    Shannon Brown should be traded to the C`s for Dooling,Daniels, & 2nd round pick he can get more minutes and he would be able to average 13 points off the bench if Doc let`em play his game and that is running the floor with Rondo.