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Mike Brown accidentally wore green sweater vest

January 4, 2012 |  5:09 pm

Mike Brown

In his first season as coach of the Lakers, Mike Brown has quickly figured out the new responsibility goes beyond how to implement his system and teach it to a new group of players.

There's handling the NBA's nixing the trade that would've brought Chris Paul to the Lakers. There's adjusting practices with a compacted 66-game schedule and energy-sapped roster. And then there's the cultural fixations that exposes his naivety.

"I have a green sweater vest, but I can't wear the green sweater vest even though it says Lakers," Brown said. "We have a history with Boston."

But he didn't realize that connection with the Celtics until after the fact when he arrived one day at the Lakers' facility wearing one. Brown wouldn't say which  Laker intervened on his wardrobe choices. But it's likely the conversation could've initially been testy. After all, Jerry West has said multiple times that seeing the color green increased his anger and frustration over never beating the Celtics in the Finals during his NBA career, a sentiment that many other Lakers share.

At least Brown's learned his lesson on that one. He already has enough on his plate in maintaining the team's respect through his work ethic and enthusiasm. Brown can't afford to lose all of that by wearing the wrong sweater.

--Mark Medina

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Photo: Four games into his Lakers coaching career, Mike Brown already has converted one man who didn't believe he was the right person to take over the team. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times / December 19, 2011