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.”