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06:54 AM ET 04.26 | Mike Brown is back in Cleveland, via Los Angeles, which didn't work out so well. Brown has been keeping a low profile since being canned by the Lakers after just five games into the season, but on April 20 following his son's game, he managed to speak openly and candid about his one plus season with the Lakers. Flashing his signature smile, Brown said that he didn't feel the Lakers organization was in full support of him during his reign. ... Brown's former player LeBron James was miffed at the Lakers firing, but Mike Brown exited with class. "Yea, it was rather shocking. I mean, I take a team without a training camp into the second round of the playoffs and then I'm gone."

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April 26, 2013  07:10 AM ET

trust me Mike, everyone knows that it was not your fault in LA. Wittle Jimmy Buss is an incompetent brat.

I mean, before you were re-hired by the Cavs the 76'ers, BobCats, Suns and Pistons all showed interest in hiring you Mike. I think you took the best job available though and will have the Cavs in the playoffs for a longtime starting this year.


in the longrun its good that LAL canned you- as long as wittle Jimmy Buss is calling the basketball shots their they are not going to be an elite team. That is just simply fact.

April 26, 2013  07:43 AM ET

lets assume DH12 resigns in LAL

the Lakers have:
Kobe- 30M
Dwight- 22M
Gasol-20M
Nash- 9M
Blake- 4M
Duhon- 4M
MWP- 8M
Hill- 5M

on the books already next year for a grand total of 102M. That is already WELL over the luxury tax line. They have dealt their 1st rounder to Cleveland (for goold ole Ramon Sessions) and 2 more subsequent first rounders to Phoenix for Nash. Since they are over the tax line they will not have the full mid-level exception available to sign talent.

Next years team is going to essentially look like this years team as they have no salary flexibilty and no decent draft picks. Even if they amnesty Kobe they are still at 72M and have no room to sign any free agents. Plus ya know, that whole Kobe ripped up key ligaments in leg thing and will not be back until well into the season and will probably never be the same.

The Lakers roster is a mess created by Wittle Jimmy Buss- expect more of the same next year....the Lakers having to figh

April 26, 2013  07:46 AM ET

*fight just to make the playoffs- and then an early exit-

As I have said- this is not soemthing that happened over night. The holes started showing when they were destroyed by Dallas. After OKC destroyed them in the playoffs it was clear they were no longer the contender they used to be. This year they showed they were an old, poorly constructed, injury prone team with an awful GM and a terrible coach.

the Lakers descent into irrelevance is only going to get worse before it gets better. After next year they will have pretty much a clear deck and be able to start the rebuilding process and build around an ancient Nash and DH12.

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April 26, 2013  08:51 AM ET
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lets assume DH12 resigns in LALthe Lakers have:Kobe- 30MDwight- 22MGasol-20MNash- 9MBlake- 4MDuhon- 4MMWP- 8MHill- 5Mon the books already next year for a grand total of 102M. That is already WELL over the luxury tax line. They have dealt their 1st rounder to Cleveland (for goold ole Ramon Sessions) and 2 more subsequent first rounders to Phoenix for Nash. Since they are over the tax line they will not have the full mid-level exception available to sign talent. Next years team is going to essentially look like this years team as they have no salary flexibilty and no decent draft picks. Even if they amnesty Kobe they are still at 72M and have no room to sign any free agents. Plus ya know, that whole Kobe ripped up key ligaments in leg thing and will not be back until well into the season and will probably never be the same.The Lakers roster is a mess created by Wittle Jimmy Buss- expect more of the same next year....the Lakers having to figh

I agree the Lakers are two years away being a contender, IF a big time free agent comes after next year. They could speed up the process if Kobe retires and amnesty Pau.

April 26, 2013  08:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

lets assume DH12 resigns in LALthe Lakers have:Kobe- 30MDwight- 22MGasol-20MNash- 9MBlake- 4MDuhon- 4MMWP- 8MHill- 5Mon the books already next year for a grand total of 102M. That is already WELL over the luxury tax line. They have dealt their 1st rounder to Cleveland (for goold ole Ramon Sessions) and 2 more subsequent first rounders to Phoenix for Nash. Since they are over the tax line they will not have the full mid-level exception available to sign talent. Next years team is going to essentially look like this years team as they have no salary flexibilty and no decent draft picks. Even if they amnesty Kobe they are still at 72M and have no room to sign any free agents. Plus ya know, that whole Kobe ripped up key ligaments in leg thing and will not be back until well into the season and will probably never be the same.The Lakers roster is a mess created by Wittle Jimmy Buss- expect more of the same next year....the Lakers having to figh

Howard is gone.

Dwightmare 2.0 lives on!

April 26, 2013  08:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

I agree the Lakers are two years away being a contender, IF a big time free agent comes after next year. They could speed up the process if Kobe retires and amnesty Pau.

Kobe ain't retiring. But they could amnesty him and trade Pau and Metta for some picks.

April 26, 2013  09:04 AM ET
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Kobe ain't retiring. But they could amnesty him and trade Pau and Metta for some picks.

Pau is probably too big to move at this point. You need another big time money guy who is underperforming or overpaid. Lakers go big as in top tier players and need to shed cap not take on another salary. They will keep cap open for the next big free agent. If Kobe plans on playing past next year and he wants to win a ring he would be smart to retire and come back under a cheaper salary.

April 26, 2013  09:06 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Kobe ain't retiring. But they could amnesty him and trade Pau and Metta for some picks.

I hope Kobe doesn't get amnestied. It would be the smart thing to do to move forward but I want the Lakers to stay in cap hell hole.

April 26, 2013  09:09 AM ET
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I hope Kobe doesn't get amnestied. It would be the smart thing to do to move forward but I want the Lakers to stay in cap hell hole.

Wow now here is what I am talking about. Like I said if he wants to win a ring he needs to give up his salary so the Lakers can make moves. This team currently constructed is not a contender next year.

April 26, 2013  09:21 AM ET
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Wow now here is what I am talking about. Like I said if he wants to win a ring he needs to give up his salary so the Lakers can make moves. This team currently constructed is not a contender next year.

I'm with you. I've already gave that suggestion awhile ago.

April 26, 2013  09:38 AM ET

Lakers 5 point dogs at home tonight......

April 26, 2013  10:00 AM ET

P R I N C E T O N, Bro.

April 26, 2013  10:12 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Howard is gone. Dwightmare 2.0 lives on!

Russell Westbrook 2017!!!

April 26, 2013  10:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

P R I N C E T O N, Bro.

Yep Jack, you nailed!

April 26, 2013  10:29 AM ET

Mike Brown is a joke. It seems fitting that the Cavaliers--a team with a history of failure, would bring in a coach with similar credentials.

 
April 26, 2013  10:30 AM ET

Welcome home, Mike. Now teach these young men how to play defense.

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