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Kobe Bryant has no comment on the Mike Brown hiring

May 25, 2011 |  1:47 pm

Photo: Kobe Bryant. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times Apparently the Buss family followed through on its declaration not to “consult the players on these matters,” as Jerry Buss said in a Tuesday radio interview about the hiring of a new coach. The Lakers and former Cleveland Cavaliers coach Mike Brown agreed to a deal Wednesday.

People familiar with Kobe Bryant’s thinking said that the All-Star guard was confused by the decision.

When reached Wednesday by The Times about the Brown hire, Bryant had no comment.

Bryant said earlier this month that he would be comfortable with Assistant Coach Brian Shaw getting the job because of Shaw’s overall knowledge of the franchise, the triangle offense and, of course, the players.

“He’s very familiar with all of us and how we like to be coached,” Bryant said after his exit meeting with Lakers officials. “[Shaw] communicates very well. One thing about Brian is that he shoots from the hip. He tells you what he expects from you. He’s very clear on what your role is on the team and I think that helps him.”

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Photo: Kobe Bryant. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times


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