Lakers Win 1 for the Gipper, Uh, Coach

Lakers Win 1 for the Gipper, Uh, Coach

You can't lose them all.


Mike Brown made one wonder whether it was possible over the season's first three games, nobody doing less with more than the Lakers coach.


Four potential Hall of Famers who had never played together meet the Princeton offense.

A defense that was supposed to be the coach's hallmark yielded triple digits more often than Palm Springs in July.


Kobe Bryant, his foot sore and his career-minutes odometer about to turn over already forced into excessive playing time early in the season.


Brown remained as affable as ever throughout his team's 0-3 start, though he might have provided a glimpse into the strain he was feeling Sunday evening when he sighed deeply before walking down a hallway to meet with reporters.


He could exhale a few hours later.

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