News: T.I. Says Give New Lakers Coach A Chance: "If It's A Better Fit, Then They're Geniuses" [Video]
Wednesday, Nov 14, 2012 9:15AM
Grammy-winning rapper T.I. is the latest hip-hop artist to share his thoughts on the departure of head coach Mike Brown and whether or not he co-signs the Los Angeles Lakers new move.
While an Atlanta Hawks fan at heart, Tip said no team should receive criticism for staff changes until the replacements show what they can do.
"I never can criticize a team for firing a coach or player until you see what they are replaced with," T.I. said in an interview when asked about the deparature of Mike Brown. "You know, because you can never really speak on it until you see what the replacement will be. If it's a better fit for the team, then they're geniuses and if not, then, oh well." (SLAM Online)
Last week, Lakers star Kobe Bryant issued a statement on Brown's removal.
"Tough day. I've seen coaches as well as friends come and go. No matter how many years I've been playing, it's still hard to deal with. I had a good relationship with Mike and I will continue to have one. I wish him and his family nothing but the best. I spoke with him today and thanked him for all of his hard work and sacrifice. As a team, we must focus our energy on tonight's game. We must block out the weight of today's news and simply do our jobs to the best of our ability. I'm not sure what direction we are heading in next. All I can do is focus on the here and now. Mamba out." (Statement)
Maybach Music Group rapper Wale playfully offered to take on Brown's relieved duties.
". @Lakers I'll coach y'all #getmedoe ha," Wale tweeted Friday (November 9).
"Thanks for considering me... Im all bout Ambition RT @Lakers: @Wale we'll pass along your interest." (Wale's Twitter)
Less than 72 hours after Brown's removal, the Lakers executive staff hired a new head coach.
The Los Angeles Lakers hired Mike D'Antoni late Sunday night, signing the former coach of the Suns and Knicks to replace Mike Brown. The Lakers and D'Antoni's agent, Warren LeGarie, confirmed the deal two days after the Lakers fired Brown five games into the season. D'Antoni agreed to a three-year deal worth $12 million, with a team option for a fourth season. D'Antoni got the high-profile job running the 16-time NBA champions only after the club's top brass extensively discussed the job with former Lakers coach Phil Jackson. (Fox Sports)
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