L.A. Times: Kwame Brown apologized to teammates after his turnover-filled debacle that drew a series of boos in the Lakers’ loss Thursday against Phoenix.

Brown, speaking to reporters Saturday for the first time since the Lakers’ one-sided 106-98 loss to the Suns, acknowledged going “into a shell” after hearing fans’ reactions to his struggles.

He had seven turnovers, four as the booing escalated in the third quarter, and missed numerous shots from close range, including a dunk, two layups and a hook shot. He finished with eight points and six rebounds and did not play in the fourth quarter.

“I apologized to Kobe [Bryant] and my teammates,” Brown said. “They tried to pick me up and I just kept making turnovers and playing hot potato with the ball. There’s no excuse for the dunks that I missed. I’ve just got to get up and finish them. The explosion is not there like it used to be. If I can’t dunk it, I’ve got to make the layup at least. There’s no excuse for that.”

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  • http://nba.com IMmichael

    at least he knows it was his fault and at least he moved on like every laker fan should do move on

  • drake hunter

    Reading this article scares me, Kwame’s quotes (“Next game, I’m going to still come out and try to pass the ball and move the ball around, but I’ve definitely got to be more active, punch one in and whatever move I make — make or miss — I’m going to be aggressive with it,” Brown said.) You being aggressive on offense is the last thing we want Mr. Butter Fingers. GRAB REBOUNDS AND BLOCK SHOTS ONLY. JUST PLAY DEFENSE! If your open under the basket, don’t shoot, just pass it back out! Thats the best advise anyone can ever give you because missing that lay-up or dunk again will give the fans more opportunites to BOO you and your such a baby about it, I don’t think you want to go through that again.

    I wonder how Mr. Buss felt when he heard Kobe’s comments about Booing Kwame (Numerous teammates came to Brown’s defense, including Bryant, who said fans could stay home if they wanted to boo Brown.) I don’t think the Buss family would be too happy with an empty arena for home games. I paid for my expensive seat and the expensive food and beer that I had. If I wanna BOO somebody that suckz, I’m gonna BOO him. If he can’t handle the criticism like a man, he shouldn’t be playing in the league!

    Finally, Kwame you don’t have to apologize to anyone about your game. The person that should actually step up and apologize to everyone in the league is none other than the man himself, Michael Jordan! He needs go out in public and state that he was wrong in drafting this guy #1 and making Kwame believe that he actually had potential to become great in this league. I mean if I was in Kwames shoes coming out of high school and the greatest baskteball player ever told me I’m the future of the franchise, shoot I would have believed him too! Kwame got paid millions and proved nothing in the NBA. If only we could be that lucky. In conclusion, we don’t want or even care for an apology, we just want you gone from the Lakers!

  • http://lakers.com k0be da 1 andonly

    He will come out next game with an intensity like bynum did after KObe talked smack but this time the LAker Fans talked crap….literally to his face……”KWAMEEEEE KWAMEEEEE KWAMEEEE”……..please trade his ass for a good player

  • sepehr

    This event will either change Kwame for the better or for worst, he will either come out stinking tomorrow, or come out and play a great game. It’s a defining moment for Kwame as he knows his contract is up next year as well and needs to do good in order to get a decent size contract next year. He has the physical abilities to be a great defender / rebounder but he lacks the mental toughness to be in the NBA elite. Phil jackson usually has a way of getting the best from his players and he might be able to change Kwame for the better.

  • ab4sure

    [Comment ID #22958 Will Be Quoted Here]

    First of all, if he has a fifty percent chance of making a layup why would he pass it back out. He can’t shy away from a layup even though he has missed some. Second, why would Buss care if kobe told people to not come if they boo, many of these same people booed kobe the first game of the year and they are still showing up plus Buss knows he has a “championship caliber team” too i don’t think he is worried that people would not show up. Also, Kwame never apologized to the fans, he apologized to his teammates. He felt he let them down. I have no problem with that. Perhaps it will unite this team even more. Perhaps it will lead Kwame to do better next game. Perhaps, he might even here some Cheers.

    Hey Drake, Please let Kwame know where you will be sitting. I think he deserves to know where the Spit is coming from. LOL

  • lakerguy

    KWAMEEEEEEEEEEEEEE NEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEDS TO PLAY DEEEE-FENSE

  • gugy

    More than apologize I hope Kwame will step up and at least play good basketball.

    I hope he will do well, but I am just afraid to have my hopes too high. This guy still have to show why he makes $9 million a year.

  • http://www.mr47.com mr47

    Well I was there and wasn’t booing, but i sure was cursing my head off. I couldn’t believe the boos though….i can honestly say its my first time EVER at staples center where i actually felt bad for the player. People were booing every time he was touching the ball, which was nuts! Kwame is no good, he needs to realize his offense is extremely poor.

    To those saying he might come back and play better….let me give you some advice. When you say something like that, it’s meant to be for people with potential. It’s meant for people who have it in them and need that extra push to do something special. That being said, Kwame does not have it in him, which means he won’t get better after some criticism.

  • foxxy

    [Comment ID #22968 Will Be Quoted Here]I AGREE…THIS EXPERIENCE WILL EITHER MAKE OR BREAK KWAME…IM HOPING IT WILL FINALLY BRING THE BEST OUT IN HIM…COME ON KWAME…GET IT DONE!!!! WE NEED YOU TO HOLD DOWN THE FORT WHILE ANDREW IS ON THE MEND…DONT LET YOUR TEAM AND FANS DOWN!!!! WE WANNA WIN…DONT YOU??????????

  • drake hunter

    ab4sure
    Jan 20th, 2008 at 3:31 pm

    First of all, if he has a fifty percent chance of making a layup why would he pass it back out. He can’t shy away from a layup even though he has missed some. Second, why would Buss care if kobe told people to not come if they boo, many of these same people booed kobe the first game of the year and they are still showing up plus Buss knows he has a “championship caliber team” too i don’t think he is worried that people would not show up. Also, Kwame never apologized to the fans, he apologized to his teammates. He felt he let them down. I have no problem with that. Perhaps it will unite this team even more. Perhaps it will lead Kwame to do better next game. Perhaps, he might even here some Cheers.

    Hey Drake, Please let Kwame know where you will be sitting. I think he deserves to know where the Spit is coming from. LOL

    I am so sorry that my comments about Kwame offended you. I was so high earlier when I was writing it but one thing I did accomplish was getting you to write something back about it. I won $20 bucks on a bet from my friend cause I said that you would reply back saying something stupid about it!!!! LOL… FYI, he only has a 50% chance of making the lay-up if he doesn’t drop the pass first….LMAO!!

  • myriam

    Don’t get KOBE wrong it he said it that way. Really, whether you accept it or not, he got the point. Imagine booing your own player in your own homecourt. Take this scenario, how would you feel if our team get booed in another arena. other fans might think if we can booed our own player, they can do that too. Moral support is what the team needed.

  • drake hunter

    Whats wrong ab4sure, Cat got your Tongue!

  • ab4sure

    Wow Drake…u waiting around for my response??? What are you??? I don’t like the thought of you waiting around for a response from me. Sounds like your one of my biatches…LOL

  • Rpoc

    You should take some valium.

  • ab4sure

    I see valium has been good for you. It helped stop you from shipping out our best talent this past summer.

  • ab4sure

    [Comment ID #23058 Will Be Quoted Here]

    BTW, you avoided again my points and tried to change the subject from my first reponse to your post. Again no real answers from you. This has been a habit of yours.

  • Rpoc

    Didn’t need any as I don’t have a hyper temper. C’mon rampaging the blog with statements like this:

    “Wow Drake…u waiting around for my response??? What are you??? I don’t like the thought of you waiting around for a response from me. Sounds like your one of my biatches…LOL”

    It’s unfortunate that I wouldn’t have dismantled a contending team considered to be the next showtime, Jordan Bulls, etc. in the first place. You know, the once in a decade teams. Now we have to build something like that again. What a shame. Luckily Jim Buss hit a stroke of luck with Bynum, not Mitch.

    Denial isn’t healthy.

  • ab4sure

    Rpoc, You would have shipped Bynum out as fast as you could to get JO. Remember Denial isn’t healthy.

  • Rpoc

    Well then I should be glad Jim Buss stopped that and accommodated Bynum so throughly that it was enough for Phil to take shots at his prized pick to this day. Like saying Bynum is only exploding this year because he wants a fat contract. And he shouldn’t waste his talent because the organization bended over to put him on this stage.

    The Lakers did much more for Bynum than the Pacers would have too which I have already explained in the past.

    You should be glad Mitch didn’t get to select Sean May.

  • hibachi

    that’s my man! go kwame…. prove everybody wrong… they we’re laughing and shouting boo’s on you… prove the laker fans that you ain’t shit! motivate yourself and unleash your full potentials in every game… these laker fans are not true fans at all they all just wanted the glory nothing more…

    keep your head up! so the next time you average a double double you can’t blast these fools who’s laughing now! bitches! hahaha

    prove them wrong! fall down 7 get up 8..baby!

  • mfoznot

    “The explosion is not there like it used to be.”

    When was this? Just wondering.

  • RoWyN

    There are just too many “so called” laker fans that hates too much…..everybody please SHUT UP!!! Let the lakers do their thing. You guys are so negative. You’re like a plague!

  • DCLAKER

    Well,at least he’s man enough to make a mistake and own up to it,RESPECT!

  • joe t

    thank the basketball gods we Lakers fans don’t have to bear witness to this nonsense any more!!