Great news, Shannon Brown would love to return after this season but remains focused on the task at hand.
Daily News: If reputations are made during the playoffs, then Shannon Brown is off to a terrific start. If playoff performances translate into bigger and better deals down the road, then Brown already has made a case for returning to the Lakers next season.
Certainly, the backup guard hopes to be back with the Lakers for 2009-10.
“Things have a funny way of working out,” he said the day before the Lakers played host to the Utah Jazz in Game 2 of their opening-round playoff series Tuesday night at Staples Center. “I definitely hope I’m here next year. At the same time, I’ve got to go out there and handle my business from now on.”Brown isn’t the first player in Lakers history to step from the end of their bench and make a significant playoff contribution. Brown scored nine points in 21-plus minutes in the Lakers’ victory over the Jazz in Game 1 on Sunday.
He’s following in the footprints of Tyronn Lue, who pealed away his sweats to clamp down on an out-of-control Allen Iverson, helping the Lakers defeat the Philadelphia 76ers in the 2001 NBA Finals. That defensive showing altered Lue’s career.
“There are a lot of guys like that, that it’s happened to,” said Brown, who doesn’t have a contract for next season. “Hopefully, I’m in one of those boats.”