Heading into tonight's matchup at the Staples Center, head coach Mike Brown is set to face off against his former team for the first time since the Los Angeles Lakers fired him last season. Brown spoke about his short time with the Lakers according to Dave McMenamin of ESPNLosAngeles.com on Jan. 14:
"I appreciate the opportunity," Brown said. "I enjoyed it here. But in terms of me still wanting to be here, I'm happy being a Cavalier. I want to be a Cavalier and I'm looking forward to growing with these young guys and this organization hopefully for many years."
Brown was fired by the Lakers after coaching five games for the team last season. Mike D'Antoni ultimately replaced Brown after the team was seemingly ready to bring back Phil Jackson for a third stint.
The current Cleveland Cavaliers head coach went on talk about his time in Los Angeles via McMenamin:
"They decided it was time to move on and I respected that, so I moved on from it," Brown said. "I didn't pay much attention to them at all. Obviously being in L.A., you're going to hear about them or you're going to see them in one way, shape or form, but I just spent time with my family. I was around Mater Dei [High] a lot, around my wife a lot and that was about it."
Even though Brown was let go early last season, it'd be hard to argue that he didn't do a good job in his short time with the team. Brown led the Lakers to the third seed in the Western Conference, but was knocked out of the playoffs in the second round against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Regardless of the second-round exit, Brown did better job than expected while taking over for Jackson.
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