LAKER ROSTER: Shannon Brown
Over a period of several weeks this summer, I expected to hear that Shannon Brown would be playing for the Knicks or some other team this season. After all, he had opted out of his contract after contributing to the Laker’s back-to-back championships. There were rumors circulating of bigger salaries being offered. He had to know the Lakers, faced with having the league’s highest payroll, would already be making a hefty payment to the league because of the luxury tax. So in the end, after he received an extra year, a little more money and the privilege of continuing to get to play on a contending team, one concludes that it worked out well for all parties involved. I was pleasantly surprised, although the argument could be made that Brown is not indispensable. This 6’4″ 24 year old will be starting his fifth season in the pros after playing at Michigan State. He will have the primary function of backing up Kobe at shooting guard. NBA analysts talk about the Lakers being neither young nor athletic. Shannon Brown must be considered the exception to that statement, because of his youth and his vertical leap of 44.5″. Last season he played in every game, averaging 21 minutes and 8 points for the regular season and 14 minutes and 5 points for the playoffs. One hopes that with improved production from all off the bench, each starter will have a chance for more rest during the regular season and be in better physical condition when the playoffs start.
And after his playing days, Shannon can continue with his side interest of guest starring in music videos.
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