Mike Brown is all set to become the next Los Angeles Lakers head coach, according to multiple reports, and the big question is whether Lakers star Kobe Bryant approves. ESPN's Chris Broussard is reporting that he does, but all other signs point the other way. Earlier on Wednesday, Bryant admitted he was "surprised" when he heard Brown was in the running. Now that the news is out there, he is keeping his mouth shut.
The Los Angeles Times reached out to Bryant to comment on Brown's impending hire, and Bryant declined.
People familiar with Kobe Bryant's thinking said that the All-Star guard was confused by the decision.
When reached Wednesday by The Times about the Brown hire, Bryant had no comment.
It's possible Bryant declined to comment because the news was not official, but if you read between the lines, it's hard not to come to the conclusion that he is not fully on board with the Lakers' decision. Earlier, Bryant endorsed Lakers' assistant coach Brian Shaw for the job.