Wednesday, March 28th, 2012 at 2:10 pm  |  14 responses

Mike Brown Says He’s Not Fazed By Latest Drama in Laker-Land

It’s been an interesting last few days for Los Angeles Lakers head coach Mike Brown, to say the least. After benching two of his star players in consecutive games, Brown tells SI that he has total control of the team and locker room: “Brown — who signed a four-year, $18.25 million deal to replace Phil Jackson and has the Lakers in third place in the Western Conference despite the endless fits and starts — discussed the relevant dynamics of his position and made it clear that he’s acting with confidence. ‘I have to make tough decisions all the time,’ he said. ‘That’s what the head coach does. I listen to a lot of people, but at the end of the day, every decision that is made is my decision. Yes, at times, I may say, ‘Dang, I wish I would’ve done that.’ But I’m also a guy who understands that that was in the past, and I can’t sit and dwell on it. It’s easy to be that Monday morning quarterback and say, ‘Dang, I should’ve done this or that.’ […] But Brown, who was never known as the hard-line sort during his days with LeBron James in Cleveland and may be trying to change that perception now, insisted that he has autonomy. ‘Nobody has told me to do anything with [players], just like, for the most part, I haven’t said, ‘Hey trade this guy or trade that guy,’ Brown said. ‘That’s not my area. Mitch [Kupchak] has made it clear, too — that I’m the coach and I’ve got to coach this team to win. No pressure is coming from Jimmy [Buss]. … I’m coaching this team how I see fit, and nobody is putting pressure on me to do this or do that. I’m making all the decisions. And at the end of the day, if the decisions don’t work — when it comes to coaching the team on the floor — it’s because they were all my decisions. If that happens, I’ll be able to sleep at night no matter what happens. That’s how I look at it.’

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  • http://www.slamonline.com Nick Tha Quick

    Drama in LA. This is not a repeat from 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997, 1996…1970.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    I like Mike Brown. The person.

  • dazzy

    The media blows a lot it up because it’s a high profile franchise. Same stuff happens to most teams.

  • ALD

    i just thin bynum is a lil brat and kobe is too , along with other superstars but thats just me.

  • tomtom

    You should be Mike, you pissed off Jim Buss’s golden boy and the best player of his generation in a matter of 7 days. With that being said, cosign LakeShow

  • http://www.nba.com Red

    This dude won’t last.

  • http://www.huwlhopkins.com #6marjon

    he doesn’t seem fazed from it at all according to that aimless, erratic rant.
    that went about as far as iverson moving past the word practice.

  • robb

    His scowl is annoying. It seems like he doesn’t understand what’s happening, and I bet most of the time he doesn’t

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    It’s weird that people think Mike Brown is stupid. Nothing he’s ever done has ever said “stupid.”
    Weak? Yes. But not stupid.

  • bull22

    mike brown should not be slammed, he has to do best to control team and put them in a position to win games. bynum is not playing in a recreation center game or a pickup game in my neighborhood where he could get away with that kind of crap.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    I think he’s offensively stupid or he completely lacks an imagination idk which. And he’s a pushover.

  • ash

    Kobe and teammates wanted Brian Shaw to coach so they will give him a hard time.

  • bike

    Phil left some big shoes to fill. Managing Texas-size egos is a big part of any NBA coache’s job but it’s probably tougher in big-market teams like the Lakers and Knicks. He will be toast if the players dismiss him.

  • AD

    Only young and the restless fans get all in a tizzy over the Laker “drama” this season. The truth is they are not fazed and are gearing up for another title run after a year where they came off a early exit from the play-offs due to fatigue after playing in THREE straight finals appearences. This a veteran team and they know how to take care of business. Point blank.