Kobe Bryant reacts to Mike Brown’s firing
by Scott M Gleeson, USA TODAY Sports
Kobe Bryant and Mike Brown weren’t best friends by any stretch of the imagination, evidenced by Bryant’s supposed “death stare” to Brown that went viral on the Internet.
Bryant laughed off the idea that he wasn’t getting along with Brown, saying “I’ve been his biggest supporter.”
The 34-year old reinforced those sentiments on Friday after the Lakers decided to fire Brown and move in a different direction that hasn’t been revealed yet.
Like many stars, Bryant took to social media to express his feelings on the firing. Since he doesn’t use a Twitter account, the five-time champion wrote his reaction on his Facebook account.
Here’s Bryant’s diary-like post on Brown:
“Tough day. I’ve seen coaches as well as friends come and go. No matter how many years I’ve been playing, it’s still hard to deal with. I had a good relationship with Mike and I will continue to have one. I wish him and his family nothing but the best. I spoke with him today and thanked him for all of his hard work and sacrifice.
“As a team, we must focus our energy on tonight’s game. We must block out the weight of today’s news and simply do our jobs to the best of our ability. I’m not sure what direction we are heading in next. All I can do is focus on the here and now.
Those are strong, supportive words from the leader of the team. And that doesn’t always happen as coaches are often fired after clashing with star players. That didn’t appear to be the case in this situation, but owner Jim Buss did insinuate that he somewhat consulted Bryant about Brown by saying, via ESPNLosAngeles.com, “Kobe and I have a relationship where he can look at me and say, ‘Everything’s cool’ So Tuesday during practice, I gave Kobe a quick glance, and everything was cool.”
That was Tuesday. The Lakers dropped to 1-4 Thursday. Still, Buss supported Brown then, saying: “I have no problems with Mike Brown at all. He just works too hard and he’s too knowledgeable for this to be happening. … [For more on Kobe Bryant reacts to Mike Brown's firing, click here.]