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Mike Brown on Lakers’ roster: ‘There’s a comfort level’

Mike Brown

Former Los Angeles Lakers and current Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Mike Brown is a class act and holds no animosity toward the organization that sent him packing after just five games into the 2012-13 season in his second year as its head coach. In fact, he sees the team going in a positive direction and potentially able to take a step forward next season. 

“I think there’s a comfort level within the organization, he said on The Jim Rome Show on Friday to speak about the state of the team and how they can move forward from a tumultuous season. “Where they can get after it and get after it the right way next year with (head coach) Mike (D’Antoni) having a full training camp.”

Brown’s exit from Laker-land was unceremonious after a difficult start that included injuries to starting point guard Steve Nash and a nagging back ailment to superstar big man Dwight Howard. He knows he didn’t have enough time to realize the potential of the roster, but was a class act in explaining that he holds no ill will toward anyone in the Lakers front office. 

“Yes, you wish you had more time, especially when a new group is being put together like that,” he said. But at the end of the day, I appreciate the opportunity and it’s their decision.”

Now, with a young roster, plenty of soon-to-be cap space in 2014 and one of the best budding stars in the league at his disposal, things have turned out well for Brown and his family, who were planning on a move back to the region before the Cavaliers job due to his oldest son preparing to begin his collegiate career at nearby Butler University in Indiana.

For the Lakers, there are more questions than answers moving forward, and Brown understands that there’s no point in burning bridges or judging their decision-making process. 

 

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Michael C. Jones is the managing editor and founder of Sports Out West and a Southern California-based sports journalist. His work is also regularly featured on Yahoo! Sports and SB Nation. You can catch up with him on Twitter: @MikeJonesTweets.