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Shannon Brown: 2010-11 Exit Interview

Shannon Brown averaged 8.7 points on 42.5 percent field goals and 34.9 percent from three with 1.2 assists, 1.9 rebounds and 0.8 steals per game. In the playoffs, he went for 7.2 points on 45.9 percent shooting and 28.0 percent from three with 1.9 rebounds, 0.7 assists and 0.6 steals.

He started the season red hot from the field, shooting 48 percent in November (45 percent from three) but his percentages went steadily down thereafter as defense adjusted, and he shot under 40 percent after the All-Star break. Below is a summary of Brown’s exit interview:

- On the frustration of the final game: “It’s very, very frustrating, and I apologized to (Phil Jackson) face-to-face, told him that was a terrible way for him to go out. I really can’t put it into words how disappointing, upset, embarrassed, frustrating it really was and it still hurts.”

- Brown, who has a player option for next season, said he isn’t sure whether he’s going to opt out of his contract or not. He’s going to try and relax with his wife, go on vacation, and talk to his agent to figure things out. He did say that he’d love to be a Laker again, but didn’t want to get into the topic. He did say that he’d “love to be a Laker again. The fans receive me well, this is a great place. La La land.”

- On Andrew Bynum’s “trust issues” comments: “When he said trust issues I think that got blown out of proportion. It basically came down to not running our offense correctly and not being on the same page on the defensive end. The way it came out was us not trusting each other, but that’s pretty much all he meant.”

- On what he’d like to work on in the offseason: “Everything, every aspect of my basketball game. I’m not one that just works on one thing. From the knowledge of the game to my shooting, to my dribbling, to my passing, to my decision making … I’m going to work on every aspect of my game and continue to get better.” He said his season was “All right.” He pointed out playing all 82 games for the second straight season, and that he’s ready for future challenges.

- On if he’s disappointed in the bench: “We had two new guys in Barnes and Blake that were still trying to learn everything about the offense and the defense, and they have their own personal basketball knowledge, but when you talk about playing in the triangle and our principles about basketball are a little bit different than other places. I think they were still trying to figure that out, and as far as the whole bench together, we were working hard as a team … it was just we couldn’t quite get over that hump.”

- Brown described his vacation plans as “A little something of everywhere.”

- On Phil Jackson: “He’s taught me so much. He allowed me to showcase my talents to the world … he had that confidence in me. He let me play through mistakes and everything. I just really can’t explain what he’s done for me and my basketball career.”

- Brown’s impression from his meeting was that Mitch Kupchak is “definitely try to get to the bottom of why” the team lost.

- On dealing with what he called the “humiliation” of losing: “Friends, family, staying away from the negativity because I have a bad temper. Really just trying to stay in my own element and focus on the future. It’s definitely still a disbelief. Waking up and not having to go to practice or shootaround, going to a game. I haven’t been watching any basketball games, just trying to really figure it out.”

Fisher, Brown to go on “Minute To Win It”

From the Lakers’ Public Relations Office:

Five-time NBA champion Derek Fisher and two-time NBA champion Shannon Brown of the Los Angeles Lakers team up on NBC’s “Minute To Win It” to win money for their respective charities — the University of Arkansas Foundation Inc., and the Shannon Brown Foundation.

Fisher and Brown begin the episode with “Nice Build” where they must work together to build a three level pyramid of 15 paper reams on a table. Other games include: Whippersnapper, Speed Eraser, Cantenna, Gettin Juggy With It, Knock It Off, Ball Cap. Guy Fieri hosts.

Shannon Brown’s Shooting

Shannon Brown came out of the 2010-11 shooting gates hotter than the roof of your mouth after eating too-hot soup, shooting nearly 50 percent from the field and, notably, 46 percent from three-point range to get himself onto a bunch of Most Improved and Sixth Man lists among basketball scribes.

L.A.’s coaches repeatedly praised his play, impressed that Brown had listened to advice to slow his game down, take open shots when they were presented and avoid putting the ball on the floor or forcing action into the paint when unnecessary.

In the past five Lakers games, however, Brown has struggled considerably with his jumper, making only 12-of-39 field goals (30.7 percent), and 5-of-14 three pointers (35.7 percent). His turnovers have been up slightly, and from an overall shooting perspective in December, his numbers dropped to 40.2 percent from the field and 39.5 percent from three.

“He’s missing shots,” said Phil Jackson, declining to draw any further conclusions. “You’re going to have slumps with shooting, and he was shooting at such a high rate it was almost an area (where) you’d say ‘He can’t sustain that’. But we look at Shannon and think that he can shoot about 40 percent from three-point because of his strength and his ability, so he has to get back to that.”

Even with Andrew Bynum’s return to playing 30 minutes per night, Brown’s playing time won’t necessarily decrease as he’s still in there to back up Kobe Bryant and at times play alongside No. 24. Against Philadelphia on Friday, Jackson tried Brown at point guard for a few minutes to give him a few more minutes, though Jackson expects a bit more if he heads back to the point in the future.

“He’s going to have to play that role with a little more confidence for my satisfaction,” the Coach explained.

Whether he gets any minutes at that position likely won’t be of consequence barring an injury, but the Lakers do expect Brown’s production to fall somewhere between his hot start and his cold last few weeks.

Shannon Brown’s Shooting

62442385Eleven games into the 2010-11 season, Lakers reserve Shannon Brown is shooting the ball nearly as successfully as the Beatles archive just started selling on iTunes.

Not only does Brown rank 22nd in the NBA and second among shooting guards (Ben Gordon, 15th) in field goal percentage (.523), but perhaps more importantly for L.A.’s actual game results, he’s been on fire from three-point range.

Boosted by his 4-for-4 fourth quarter performance from downtown in the Lakers’ 118-107 Tuesday night victory in Milwaukee, Brown’s now hitting 51.3 percent of his threes (20-of-39), leading his team in makes.

“He had a great contribution (against the Bucks), he was terrific,” said Phil Jackson. “Everybody told Shannon (coming out of college) that he had to learn how to shoot a jump shot and he’s taken that seriously, worked hard on it, and now he’s a legitimate three-point shooter.”

Hampered in part by a thumb injury in the second half of last season and in part by a tendency to rush or force action at times, Brown shot only 42.7 percent from the field and 32.8 percent from three last season, and played just 14 minutes per game in the playoffs.

Since L.A.’s Game 7 victory over Boston, Brown has been in the gym.

“He’s a worker,” said Kobe Bryant, repeating the phrase for emphasis. “Not only is he talented (and) physically gifted, but he puts the work in, which you don’t see a lot of players do. Especially guys that are super athletic like he is, they don’t want to put the work in, but he has and continues to do so.”

Bryant — who has taken Brown under his wing, even calling him his ‘little brother’ — said that Brown’s improvement this year isn’t just about shooting, however. In fact, Bryant revealed that when he worked with or advised Brown over the summer, shooting wasn’t really a point of emphasis.

“Just ball-handling,” Bryant explained. “He’s always been a solid shooter, and he’s really worked on it since he got here, and now he’s even a better shooter than he was last year. But you see him now making plays off the dribble, making plays for others, passing off the dribble. He continues to get better, this is just the beginning for him.”

Brown himself acknowledged that he’s more confident this year, and sounded quite a bit like big brother when describing why.

“It’s just all about going out there, slowing down and taking what the defense gives,” he said. “Not trying to do too much.”

When asked how Bryant influenced him particularly over the summer, Brown shared an anecdote that explained a key point towards understanding the Maywood, Illinois native’s improvements.

“One thing (Kobe) told me at the beginning of this season when we were (at the team’s practice facility) lifting,” said Brown. “I told him, ‘Man I’m ready to get this thing going.’ (Kobe) was just like, ‘Relax.’ The season is going to come quick enough, go out there and just relax, have fun and play basketball and that’s what I’m doing. I value his opinion very much, everything that he’s accomplished individually and as a team, so when he tells me things, I do take heed.”

Sure enough, Brown has been noticeably more under control this season. Standing open on the weak side of the defense after Bryant or Pau Gasol drew a double team, 2009-10 Brown may have caught the ball, dribbled between his legs and tried to get to the hoop. But 2010-11 Brown will catch the ball, raise up for an open jumper, and more often than not find the bottom of the net.

That seems to be thanks as much to his mindset as it is to any actual improvements in his shot, and thus far, the Lakers are reaping the benefits.

2010 Exit Interview: Shannon Brown

brownShannon Brown averaged 7.6 minutes in the 2008-09 regular season after getting traded to L.A. in February, then 13 minutes during the 2009 playoffs before jumping up to 20.7 minutes in the 2009-10 regular season, averaging 8.1 points and 2.2 rebounds.

In the playoffs, his minutes dipped back to around 14 per contest as Kobe Bryant and Ron Artest played the vast majority of the time, and Brown averaged 4.9 points off the bench. Brown has the option of opting out of a two-year contract he signed prior to the 2009-10 campaign.

Below are the highlights of his exit interview:

- Brown said that he is “still thinking about” whether or not to opt out.

- (On if his first option is coming back): “I would love to stay in L.A. and play with the Lakers. I don’t know why you would break up a championship team.” Brown was asked more explicitly whether or not he thinks he’ll come back: “I hope so. I don’t want to go nowhere.”

- (On his growth from being traded to L.A. in February of 2009): “I made progress. My first two and a half years I really didn’t play that much. This year I did. I’m steady making progress. As long as you get the time on the floor, it’s going to work out for the best. Basketball is my life, I think about it all the time, sometimes to a fault, and I couldn’t be happier about being a champion for the second time in a row.”

- (On bringing another championship back to Maywood, IL, on Chicago’s West Side): “It meant a lot. A stat that I’m proud of, they said there hasn’t been a killing there in like a year. And that’s great. I lost a couple of people around that area, and it’s no fun. For them not to have to experience that is amazing, and that means my town is making progress. I have a camp coming up to give the kids something to look forward to.”

- (On Derek Fisher): “He’s been real helpful. I go to Fish and talk to him about anything on and off the court. On the court, he has five NBA championships, so I look at him and see the things he does out there. Hopefully, one day I want to be a starter.”

- (On what he got out of his meeting with management): “Just to get better, that’s all. They feel I made progress in the things that I’ve done and it’s all about getting better.”

- (On the difference between 2009 and 2010 titles): “This time was the first time I went into training camp and really knew what was going on as far as my role a little bit. Last year I wasn’t with the team the whole time, this year I was. It was great. You build friendships, you build family, you build bonds. It’s an amazing feeling.”

- (On his thumb, which he injured midseason): “I”m going to let it heal up naturally. It’s nothing that’s going to hinder anything into the future.”

The Lakers on Jimmy Kimmel Live

For the second season in a row the Lakers made an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live as the reigning NBA Champions. Click below to see all five parts.


PHOTO: Shannon Brown Violates Air Space

“I actually thought he was going over the backboard.”
- TNT play-by-play man Marv Albert on Shannon Brown’s ridiculous fourth quarter dunk attempt.

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Brown Plays Through Thumb Pain

Over a month ago, on March 2 against Indiana, Shannon Brown sprained the thumb on his right shooting hand while blocking a shot from Dahntay Jones of the Pacers.

Since then, he’s been playing through the injury, averaging 19.4 minutes per game in March and 25.8 in four April games. The thumb has affected his shooting to the tune of 38.5 percent shooting from the field in March and 28.9 percent in April, but Lakers head coach Phil Jackson still values his contribution.

“If he plays in the game he’s going to give me a good effort, I know that,” said Phil Jackson. “That’s the kind of kid he is. His athleticism and his speed, the things that he can do are things that almost no one else on our team can do but Kobe right now. That reactive quality that he is is very important to us.”

Brown continues to be listed with a “sprained right thumb” on L.A.’s injury report, but is not expected to miss any time.

Shannon Brown Soars In Denver

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Shannon Brown Thumb Update

Shannon Brown offered an update on his sprained right thumb prior to Thursday’s game in Miami that he suffered while blocking a Dahntay Jones shot against Indiana on Tuesday.

“I didn’t know how it bent or how it stretched out of place, I just knew I blocked the shot and my thumb started throbbing,” he said. “It does (affect me), when I’m dribbling, shooting and all that. But it’s fine, it’s not going to change my activity out there.”

“It should be all right,” added Phil Jackson. “He has a sprain, but he’ll be OK.”

Brown said that he was glad that he blocked the shot clean and wasn’t called for a foul on the play, which would have been a “double whammy.”

Brown also knew that he had comfort in numbers, since Jordan Farmar, Kobe Bryant, Lamar Odom and Ron Artest have also suffered varying finger injuries throughout the season.