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Magic: Mike Brown will be fired if Lakers lose to Denver

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08:15 AM ET 05.12 | The Lakers are at a crossroads. They're either a game away from finally meeting the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Western Conference semifinals, or a game away from the end of their season. Should the Lakers lose Saturday in Game 7 of their first-round series against the Denver Nuggets, Magic Johnson has a definite idea on what will happen next. "They're going to run Mike Brown first out of town," Johnson said as an ESPN NBA analyst Friday. "Then second will be [Andrew] Bynum. Then third will be [Pau] Gasol." Whether that will happen remains unclear.

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May 12, 2012  08:31 AM ET

Magic and the rest of that crew on ESPN are a complete joke. I loved Magic as a player but hated the Lakers. I respected his play but certainly not any of the opinons of this crew.

May 12, 2012  08:41 AM ET

Jon Barry is the Trent Dilfer of the NBA. Chris is from Cleveland and what else is there to say. Mike Wilbon tears up because he lives in a gated community and gets to play golf with Tony Kornhiesher. Magic is a fantastic and successful Athlete, Businessman and Person.....I'm just sorry he's even on this show with these guys and their selfserving (ESPN) opinons.

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May 12, 2012  09:07 AM ET
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I understand your opinion but let's face it Magic does know what's going on behind the scenes. If he says this or that about coaching and what players are close to being let go or dealt, then he's right. He called it right after the play-offs last year w/ Lamar and Khloe. Where's Lamar and Khloe now? You're right about Jon Barry and the other guys, they probably do not know head or tails about anything.... But Magic, I'm sure does. You don't think he hang's w/ the Buss's at all or they don't consult w/ him. I'm sure they do.

You may very well have a point there......Magic indeed may have behind the scene info. I just can't stomach the ESPN crew.

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May 12, 2012  09:20 AM ET
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Yeah...It's Brown's fault that Bynum and Gasol don't show up on a consistent basis......Fire Him............... That will fix everything......

No, Brown has been in over his head from day one. A firing is not going to fix LA....only players will.

May 12, 2012  09:24 AM ET
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Yeah...It's Brown's fault that Bynum and Gasol don't show up on a consistent basis......Fire Him............... That will fix everything......

It's the coache's responsibility to motivate the players and get them to play at a high level. It's also the coach's responsibility to put in a system that will get the players' excited to play and defend to the best of their ability...

In other words motivation doesn't come standard. So since the coach has not put in a system that get's the most out of the talent he has they need to show him the exit... heck it aint like Nuggets and Lakers are at par with talent... Lakers are clearly the supreme team that needs to dominate these lowly Nuggests... yikes... Fire him already....

May 12, 2012  09:25 AM ET
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No, Brown has been in over his head from day one. A firing is not going to fix LA....only players will.

Everyone knows I'm in over my head.... with eight seconds left in overtime... she's on my mind!

May 12, 2012  09:28 AM ET

If the great Zen Master couldn't get Bynum to play with intensity every game, then Mike Brown never stood a chance and neither will Brian Shaw.

As I have been saying since April 2011... The Lakers are only as good as Andrew Bynum wants to be.

And kids... He just doesn't want it. No fire in the belly!

May 12, 2012  09:29 AM ET
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....I just can't stomach the ESPN crew.

+1000

May 12, 2012  09:31 AM ET

Let's not forget that this is about the Lakers. And in the mind set of Laker fans the Lakers better be in the finals every year. And if the don't win the finals in a 4 game sweep. Then they had better lost it in 7 games with the last second shot being missed by them. Or made by the other team.

May 12, 2012  09:32 AM ET
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If the great Zen Master couldn't get Bynum to play with intensity every game, then Mike Brown never stood a chance and neither will Brian Shaw. As I have been saying since April 2011... The Lakers are only as good as Andrew Bynum wants to be. And kids... He just doesn't want it. No fire in the belly!

I somewhat tend to agree with this assement of Bynum, but on the other hand....anyone who truly believes that Bryant, Bynum and Gosol and the rest of the funky bunch are enough to win a title are kidding themselves. It just ain't gonna happen.

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May 12, 2012  10:05 AM ET
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Brian Shaw. should be brought in and Derek Fisher should be asked to retire and then become an assistant for Shaw....

Now that makes a lot of sense!!!!! Good comment!!!!

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May 12, 2012  10:05 AM ET

You're Not Qualified to 'Drive This Porche', Bro.

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