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Walton Feeling Zona’s Sweet 16

March MadnessA No. 12 seed into the Sweet 16, huh?

“I tried to tell everyone already,” said Luke Walton without too much prompting regarding his Arizona Wildcats. “My teammates were all getting on me for picking Arizona because I was showing favoritism to my school, but I’m a realist. I just told them what was going to happen. I have them going to the National Championship game.”

While ‘Zona still has a long ways to go to get there – they’d have to beat Louisville, the Michigan State/Kansas winner and likely either UCONN or Memphis – Walton’s already feeling pretty good. He correctly picked 38 of the 48 possible games played in rounds one and two, and was the only participant in our Lakers.com March Madness contest (he ranks third behind Shannon Brown and Adam Morrison) to correctly take Arizona to the Sweet 16, where they’ll face Rick Pitino’s squad.

“We have a tough matchup against Louisville, but we have two kids starting for Arizona that are from San Diego, which definitely helps,” said Walton, who coincidentally happens to be from San Diego. “We have a tough point guard in Nic Wise – you need a tough point to succeed in the tourney – and we have one of the best big men in the country in Jordan Hill. That’s the recipe for success right there.”

Now, if his teammates are talking trash, Walton’s not listening.

“The things is, my teammates aren’t even allowed to talk to me about it – except for Shannon (Brown) and Adam (Morrison), because they’ve got Michigan State and Gonzaga still going,” Walton explained. “If your team is out of it, you can’t speak to the people that have teams still playing for something. You can’t talk trash – I mean you can talk to me, just not about college basketball.”

So if Brown or Morrison wants to have a nice lil’ NCAA conversation with Luke, it’s all good. On the other hand, an example of guys who aren’t allowed to speak to Walton about college hoops are Trevor Ariza and Jordan Farmar, whose UCLA Bruins lost in the second round to Villanova.

“That’s what happens when you don’t win your conference or conference tournament, you get a higher seed and have to go up against a team playing great basketball in their hometown (Philadelphia),” said Farmar. “I took the hit in my Lakers.com bracket with my Bruins pick to win it all, but if I’m going down it’s going to be with my boys.”

Fair enough.

Screaming for Shannon Brown

Maywood, Illinois is only about five minutes away from the United Center.

It’s the town that produced Lakers guard Shannon Brown, so as you might suspect, he won’t be lacking for support on Saturday evening.

His mom and dad are coming. His three brothers are coming. His grandma, his aunties, his cousins, his uncle and a group of his closest friends. All in all, that’s 32 people.

“It’s just the people that I’m really, really close to, the people that have supported me all these years,” said Brown. “This is the first and last time that I’m buying 32 tickets, but I’m happy to do it because I love the support and am grateful for it.”

Brown collaborated with his mom and dad to make the list of 32, and said he’s expecting to hear his section go crazy if he gets into the game.

Maybe they’ll hear the roar in Maywood?

Shannon Brown Block Talk

The other day before shootaround we caught up with Shannon Brown and talked about what his first two weeks as a Laker have been like.

What we really wanted to get into though was his ridiculous block on Mario West. When we asked Shannon to break it down for us he said he hadn’t even seen it yet. How that’s possible I don’t know. If I ever do something half as cool I’d have watched it at least 100 times the next day. Maybe Shannon just expects to spread the awesome whenever he’s on the court. That’s fine, I’m down with that.

Anyway, we fired up the video and played it for Shannon. Luckily we taped his reaction for everyone to enjoy. I’ll quote him when I say, “Oh Wow.”

Shannon Brown Two Weeks In

It’s been just about two weeks since the Lakers acquired guard Shannon Brown, along with forward Adam Morrison, in exchange for three-point specialist Vladimir Radmanovic.

We grabbed Shannon at Shootaround on Friday after he finished up a game of H-O-R-S-E with Morrison (and just hours before he scored his first two-points as a Laker) to talk about his transition to the team and what it’s like to learn the triangle.

Here’s a breakdown of some of the things we learned while talking to Shannon.

  • His vertical is sick. Jordan Farmar’s 43-inches is ridiculous and Brown can get even higher.
  • The excitement of being a Laker hasn’t worn off.
  • Shannon’s thoughts on the attitude of this Lakers team:

    “They have a high IQ of basketball and they want to be here, they want to play. I don’t hear guys talking about ‘man I wish we didn’t have to come in today’ or ‘man why we gotta practice so long.’ It’s all about man we want to get out there and we want to play, we want to win. They got a taste of what it’s like last year to be in the Finals and not be able to win it. Now i think we’re hungrier to get back.”

    Check out the 1:21 mark in the video above for that part of the conversation.

    Check back tomorrow as Shannon watches his block against Atlanta for the first time.

  • Lakers Acquire Adam Morrison & Shannon Brown

    Brown/Morrison
    Just moments after arriving at Cleveland’s practice facility for a scheduled media session with the Lakers, it was quickly learned that L.A. had traded Vladimir Radmanovic to Charlotte in return for Adam Morrison and Shannon Brown.

    We’ll have Phil Jackson’s reaction on video shortly, plus audio from a conference call with Mitch Kupchak; until then, here’s the press release concerning the transaction: ***UPDATE: Here’s the multimedia extravaganza***

    The Los Angeles Lakers have acquired forward Adam Morrison and guard Shannon Brown from the Charlotte Bobcats in exchange for Vladimir Radmanovic, it was announced today.

    Morrison, currently in his 3rd NBA season out of Gonzaga, was selected third overall by the Bobcats in the 2006 NBA Draft after earning unanimous First Team All-America honors and garnering multiple National Player of the Year awards his senior year. Named to the All-Rookie Second Team following the 2006-07 season, Morrison appeared in 78 games as rookie including 23 starts, averaging 11.8 points, 2.9 rebounds, and 2.1 assists in 29.8 minutes while earning T-Mobile Rookie of the Month honors for November 2006.

    Missing the entire 2007-08 season after suffering a torn ACL in his left knee in an October 20 preseason game against the Lakers, Morrison has played in 44 games this season including five starts, averaging 4.5 points and 1.6 rebounds in 15.2 minutes with a high-game of 16 points November 11 vs. Denver.

    In 122 career games (23 starts), Morrison is averaging 9.1 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 24.5 minutes.

    Brown, also in his 3rd NBA season out of Michigan State, was originally selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers with the 25th overall pick in the 2006 NBA Draft. Traded to the Chicago Bulls as part of the Ben Wallace deal in February of 2008, Brown signed with Charlotte as a free agent this past August. In 30 games with the Bobcats this season, Brown is averaging 4.8 points in 11.4 minutes with a season-highs in points (16), steals (4) and minutes (26) coming November 3 vs. Detroit.

    In 74 career games (9 starts), Brown is averaging 4.5 points in 10.6 minutes