ESPN.com LA Lakers blogger Brian Kamenetzky caught up via telephone last week with coach Mike Brown. He leads off the Q&A article with a most obvious question – what was Brown’s reaction when he first heard about the Dwight Howard trade?
Turns out coach got a little contorted upon being told by general manager Mitch Kupchak that against all odds, even if it turns out to be only for a year, the Lakers obtained Howard without having to give up Pau Gasol:
“I got a little excited. I tried to jump up and down, but my mind was telling me to do something that my body wouldn’t allow me to do. I almost pulled my hamstring sitting down. I don’t know if that’s ever happened to anybody, but I was so excited that my leg tensed up. I almost tore my hamstring. So I got up slowly and gave him and Jim Buss a hug.”
Another interesting topic covered in the interview is the difference between dealing with the LA and Cleveland media corps. Coach says in his former NBA home, reporters only truly cared about LeBron. Here, he notes, every Laker player and the smallest team issue all merit regular, extensive coverage. So true.
[Photo of Howard: Ira Bostick/Shutterstock.com]
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