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Exit interviews: Shannon Brown says he hasn't decided if he'll exercise his player option

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Shannon Brown exit interview

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

 
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The reason I threw this into my comment is this: Bynum, despite his deplorable foul on JJ, is sounding more like a leader than any other Laker right now. Pau is distant and seems resigned to being traded and is maybe even looking forward to going to a smaller market team with less expectations. Whatever he felt he had to prove over the last couple of years has obviously taken a back seat to his emotional state he is presently in. I love and respect Pau Gasol both as a player and as an individual, but I love the Lakers more than any single player, coach, towel boy or owner. It's a Los Angeles thing, man.


Right now Bynum is the best thing the Lakers have going for them. Kobe will retire a Laker (unless he reverts to petulant Kobe and demands a trade to a contender so he can keep chasing rings a la Shaq...but I REALLY hope that doesn't happen). We have seen Kobe's best and it is most assuredly in the rear-view mirror of his career, he can still be effective, dominant even, but the Kobe that could out score Dallas over 3 quarter by himself will never be seen on this Earth again, unless it's in the form of another player. If there is a lock out and he doesn't get his physical ailments taken care of, either by surgery or Troll-like regeneration, he will continue to decline. His hands, feet and legs have all started to lag behind his will. Last year his will prevailed, aided slightly by a monster game from Artest in Game 7, this year we saw that will wasn't nearly enough.


We know that Pau is not a number 1 option on this team. He may not even be a number 1 option on most playoff contenders outside of New Orleans (without David West), he is a great player for the Triangle in that he can shoot from distance and post up which, combined with his above average passing, made him valuable to this Laker team as currently constructed. If he allowed outside events to influence his play on the court...well, guess what, the man is human and as someone who recently went through a terrible break up and felt like those who could've helped, or at least stayed out of it, didn't and as a result my life has become a morass of misery (hence my lack of posts, but I've turned a mental/spiritual corner and so you should be seeing me pop back up again) so I can feel some compassion for that scenario. If anything, having played with Kobe and won to the tune of two championships would make me hope Kobe would stick up for El Spaniard.


But really, this is all about the future. We all know that the majority of the players on the team are basically unmovable (Fisher, Artest) or don't make enough to get us under the luxury tax threshold (Blake, Barnes, Brown) so the Lakers have to re-invent themselves a la the Material Girl aka Madonna. If we gut the team to sign and trade Howard, how will that makes us any better than New York is (still a major piece or two away from serious contention)? If we keep everyone and re-focus the offense, adjust the defensive principles and start grooming some young guys we get through the draft this team can still be a force in the playoffs. Gutting it would be a mistake as it will actually hurt us in the long run, I feel. If Bynum can mature a bit in the off season, learn that his temper is a good and bad thing but the 'this ain't gonna happen under my basket' attitude is a good thing then I don't see why we can't keep competing for rings.

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A small, medium at large. Lakers, Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa.
Posted by: Yellofever | May 10, 2011 at 11:33 AM

MM.. hijacker alert! if ur moderating posts how can you let this go through?

Blake, Brown and Barnes all provided less than anticipated and far less than needed. If Shannon exercises his option (all but a guarantee, especially if there is a lock out) then we are stuck with him for another year and all we can hope is for him to play like he did for the first month or so of the season. Since the calendar rolled around to 2011, he regressed dramatically in every aspect of his game.


Steve Blake looked like he was playing with lead weights in his jock all season long. Whether he needs the ball in his hands more to be effective or had a tremendous dip in production for a season in which he acclimated to a new team or just simply doesn't fit on this Laker team, I think we all know that we can blame AK and BK for advocating this guy for, like, the last 30 years or something. Kidding, on the Kam Bros, though they did advocate getting him for the last two seasons.


Barnes probably came back early, but played OK vs New Orleans. His shot was off since his injury, but his activity didn't translate into positive vs Dallas, only negatives. Offensive fouls, silly hacking fouls and he also caught the team-wide matador bug on the defensive end. Like Brown, if there's a lock out, he'll exercise his option.

--On his conversation with General Manager Mitch Kupchak: "He's definitely trying to get to the bottom of why this happened."


That's hilarious...........I can just see Mitch Kupchak (looking like Lamont Sanford) sitting next to the fox (Phil Jackson) he left in charge of the hen house and asking the fox................."What the hell happened to all the hens..................I have to get to the bottom of this"

Mitch Kupchak.............YOU BIG DUMMY!

Chris Paul, Chris Paul, Chris Paul. BECOME Jerry West, Kupchak, and get the guy who, added to this squad minus Fisher, would have made all the difference against Dallas, against Memphis or OKC, and against Miami. Get Kobe to reconfigure his salary, to stretch it out, whatever it takes, just figure out the way and get it done like Jerry would. Lakers come and Lakers go, there's always a turnover, so long as some of what goes is replaced with younger, faster, better, and championships continue to be hung way up high, before Kobe must go too.

And if you don't know how to get it done, Ask Jerry.

Personally I don't think this team has to be blown up................just add a couple of pieces...............the biggest addition ironically will be by subtraction.............Phil Jackson being gone next year will cure about 80% of the problems

Jamie Sweet,

As your last name implies, you are a very sweet human being. I agree that you are a very good, kind-hearted human being! Agree,

BUT, this is NBA not BIBLE SCHOOL ....... did you see the other teams how young, fast, athletic they are such as Chicago Bulls, Miami Heat, OK Thunder, Mavs, or even the old Celtics.....Lakers can't compete with these team at all.

Native Angeleno

Why would you point to Kobe to reduce his salary?

Luke Walton contributes nothing on this team yet he is due nearly $12M for the next 2 years................This contract is like an albatross around the necks of Mitch Kupchak and the Lakers.................and you want Kobe to reduce his salary?

You're nuts!!

Let go of Pau, Odom, and possibly Bynum for Dwight Howard, CP3, Kevin Love....

And KOBE NEEDS TO CUT HIS SALARY LESS THAN HALF SO THAT HE CAN GET A-LISTS PLAYERS TO HELP HIM AT LEAST 5 MORE YEARS!!!!

DEAR KOBE,

I WILL GIVE YOU STOCK OPTIONS (OWNERSHIP) IN MY INTERNET COMPANY AS A COMPENSATION 1.5 X THAN WHAT YOU ARE GETTING AS AN NBA PLAYER AS LONG YOU GIVE ROOM FOR THE LAKERS ORGANIZATION TO ACQUIRE DWIGHT HOWARD, CP3, KEVIN LOVE, BLAKE GRIFFIN, OR KEVIN DURANT(NEXT 2 TO 3 YEARS).

get back to me at [email protected]

I am soooo DISGUSTED, WE NEED TO WIN CHAMPIONSHIPS NOW NOW NOW!!!!

U r fool to say Kobe must go also. Kobe and Fish are the only ones with Heart. Too bad Fish is done.

Win or Loose it was great watching Kobe fight till the end. At the end Shake hands with Mavericks. Total Class.

My dream team:

Wade (PG)
Kobe (SG)
Lebron (SF)
Bosh (PF)

Doc (Coach)

Any center and bench will work.

Kobe is still good for couple more titles. I bet he still takes at least one before he retires.

Native Angeleno,

No one can do what you are asking Mitch to do. Why? Because the rules won't allow it.

1. Kobe restructuring his contract. This is not the NFL. Players cannot restructure their contract. Just extend it.

2. How do you think we will get Chris Paul by just subtracting Fisher? To receive Paul before Feb 2012, we have to trade for him. NOH will want either Gasol or Bynum for CP3.

The best we can probably do this summer is to trade Bynum for Dwight Howard.

Kobe can't reduce his salary. The NBA salary rules don't allow for that.

Dear PFUNK36,

YES. I AGREE WITH YOU COMPLETELY 1000X % THAT LUKE WALTON IS A JOKE!!!

AND DEAR LUKE, PLS. FOR THE SAKE OF L.A. CITY, PLEASE RETIRE SO THAT WE CAN HAVE A PEACE OF MIND THAT THE LA ORGANIZATION CAN ACQUIRE FOR NEXT YEAR'S REBUILDING.

AND FOR KOBE....

DEAR KOBE,

I WILL GIVE YOU STOCK OPTIONS (OWNERSHIP) IN MY INTERNET COMPANY AS A COMPENSATION 1.5 X THAN WHAT YOU ARE GETTING AS AN NBA PLAYER AS LONG YOU GIVE ROOM FOR THE LAKERS ORGANIZATION TO ACQUIRE DWIGHT HOWARD, CP3, KEVIN LOVE, BLAKE GRIFFIN, OR KEVIN DURANT(NEXT 2 TO 3 YEARS).

get back to me at [email protected]

I am soooo DISGUSTED, WE NEED TO WIN CHAMPIONSHIPS NOW NOW NOW!!!!

Let's Make an earneast effort to keep Brown on this team, he's the next best thing to Ovaltine. sans a trampoline, he makes those thunder dunks look awesome.

He will probably have to take the player option. No team that has watched him play in the last 4 months would want him.

Mitch Kupchak is incompetent…TERMINATE him!

Points per minutes played, entire season. Is Shannon #1?

PLEASE OPT OUT SHANNON BROWN. YOU were playing for a big payday last year and got it this year. HOWEVER, you were up and down, and went Hollywood with the rest of the guys and got married. U were a big disappointment and seemed to have gotten complacent. Whlie you are leaving, take Lamar "Reality" show Odom with you. Both of you can be MR. Hollywood in Toronto or Cleveland, They have plenty players who dont focus or give minimum effort. You'll fit right in

kobe clearly display to the world that he have no TRUE heart dude didnt bother put a fight where was this blk mamba when WE needed him getting sweept and blowing FUTHERMORE the enter the playoffs bleeding(losing games in the final month ) is EVIDENCE that there leader have no heart dude is all TALK and cant deliver paul pierce wouldve put a fight lebron too and wade also chris paul

I'm sure that Brown and his agent will over value his worth and go to the free agent market. Maybe they should ask Trevor Ariza how that works out. Brown was a scrub on a bad team when they got him and I don't think his game has improved that much from then.

Please opt out Shannon Brown. You deserve a bigger payday and the lakers a better player.


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