A lot of fans are debating whether Mike Brown is the fit for the Lakers head coaching position. Lost amidst all the discussions, Kobe was “surprised” by the Brown news.
The source close to the Lakers told SI.com that Lakers star Kobe Bryant was “surprised” by the news, and that he was not a part of the decision-making process. Bryant had been a staunch supporter of Lakers assistant Brian Shaw for the position and remains as such.
While Kobe’s support for Brian Shaw had been public; sources told ESPN’s Ric Bucher that Kobe was in favor of the Lakers hiring either Shaw, Adelman or Van Gundy. According to a source, Jeff Van Gundy had not been contacted by Lakers front office.
Shaw seemed to be the clear choice for the head coaching job as he not only played with Bryant, but learned under Phil. Either way, it will be interesting to see what direction the team goes in post-triangle era.