Exit interviews: Shannon Brown says he hasn't decided if he'll exercise his player option
Before deciding whether he's going to exercise his $2.37-million option, Lakers guard Shannon Brown remained adamant about delaying his thought process until he goes on a vacation with his wife Monica.
"I hope there's not a lockout," he said. "That's not going to be fun to anybody. I'll talk with my agent and figure out the best scenario."
Brown refused to discuss any variables regarding his decision-making process, other than acknowledging the possibility that a work stoppage could affect his future. But he gave some signals in March to The Times' Mike Bresnahan on what he might do. Brown, who received what Bresnahan characterized as a "lukewarm response" during free agency last season, acknowledged to Bresnahan that testing free agency again would be the "best scenario" but made it clear he hadn't made a decision but added, "I'd love to be a Laker again."
Among the other highlights of his exit interview:
--Brown said he personally apologized and accepted blame to Coach Phil Jackson for not helping enough in getting the coach his 12th NBA championship.
--On his shooting struggles: "I didn’t shoot the ball well. I missed shots. I'm not about to blame it on anything else."
--On his conversation with General Manager Mitch Kupchak: "He's definitely trying to get to the bottom of why this happened."
-- Mark Medina
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Photo: Lakers guard Shannon Brown reflects on the season as he answers reporter's questions about the Lakers season ending and his future with the team at the Laker's practice facility in El Segundo Tuesday. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times