L.A. Times: To most Lakers fans, Shannon Brown was the unknown name when the Lakers acquired him and the better-known Adam Morrison from the Charlotte Bobcats in exchange for Vladimir Radmanovic.
To most Lakers fans, Brown was just a throw-in to make a trade work.
Not to the Lakers. Not to the Lakers’ coaching staff. They saw an athletic, defense-mind guard. They saw a player who can defend point guards and shooting guards. They saw a player willing to learn, willing to play hard and willing to listen.
That was the case again Friday night, when Brown got the call over Jordan Farmar against the Portland Trail Blazers at the Rose Garden.
Brown was productive in his 20 minutes, scoring 10 points, making all four of his shots.
“We feel like he’s one of those rare players that can guard two or three positions in this league,” said Lakers assistant coach Kurt Rambis, who was in charge of the team because Coach Phil Jackson was home in Los Angeles because of pain and swelling in his lower right leg.