Lakers Stabbed Phil and Me in the Back

Lakers Stabbed Phil and Me in the Back

I first heard the rumors on radio. Then, my brother called to tell me it was official. Mike Brown was out.


"I support you in whatever decision you make," I told Jim. "I understand."


That's all I said to him.


Phil called me from the gym after he saw the news on ESPN. "That's not right," he said. "It's not enough time for a coach. I don't care who it is. You don't fire a coach five games in." . . .


[That Friday afternoon] My brother walked into my private office a little while later and got right to the point.


"I feel really bad that I made this mistake in hiring Mike Brown," he said. "I've cost the family money. But I had to let him go and we are going to have to continue to pay that contract. What I want to know from you is, do you think Phil and I could work together?"


My brother really caught me off guard with that question.

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