Stephen A Smith needs to shut the hell up. When something positive happens to the Lakers, the media nor the fans give credit to Jimmy. Now, all of a sudden, a star leaves, it is Jimmy's fault.
Jimmy hired Mike Brown because the all-time great, Jerry West, scheduled to interview him for the Warriors. Jimmy, knowing West's superior basketball knowledge, thought that there has to be something good about Brown because the great Jerry West was recruiting him. That is why the Lakers acted quickly and offered Brown a contract, so the Warriors couldn't get him. He realized it was a bone-head decision, which is why he fired him 5 games into the second season.
Also, when are people going to understand that Mike D'Antoni decision was made by Dr. Buss?
Dwight Howard never wanted to be here. He came here thinking he was going to be "carried" to a championship. He never wanted to be "the guy." He was scared of the spotlight. He was scared of failing.
While people attack Jimmy, I actually am proud he came out and defend the franchise we all love and care about. The Lakers have a plan, and none of us here know what it is. They rebounded well this off-season from Howard's departure.