Coach Mike Brown tried to clarify what happened during a film session Thursday, when he and the assistants spoke up as well as Kobe Bryant, Derek Fisher and Pau Gasol one day before the Lakers ended a two-game losing streak. Brown said he wouldn’t call it a clearing-the-air session, and it wasn’t the first time he’s asked others to speak.
“I talked before the film session about basketball,” Brown said after Saturday’s practice in El Segundo. “I talked during the film session. Then I talked after. I utilized my assistants a lot because I don’t like the players hearing my voice a lot. I talked a lot.
“I said, ‘You know what? I’m going to have someone else talk.’ After two losses like that (Tuesday against the Detroit Pistons and Wednesday against the Washington Wizards, two lowly teams,) everybody’s feeling kind of down.
“So, I wanted to hear other guys’ voices.”
Assistant John Kuester and the rest of the staff spoke up briefly. Then it was time for Bryant, Fisher and Gasol to add their two cents, which they did.
Said Brown: “I’ve done that before. I don’t know why it didn’t get reported then, but it didn’t. I don’t even remember what was said. I was just trying to get guys to talk.”
Brown discounted the film session as the reason the Lakers ended their two-game winning streak with a victory Friday over the Minnesota Timberwolves.