It's okay, everyone. Calm down. Now that we all know that Kobe Bryant and new Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike Brown don't actually hate each other, or at least reportedly don't hate each other, we can all get a good night's sleep.
When Mike Brown was first hired as the head coach of the Lakers, succeeding Phil Jackson, reports painted Kobe Bryant as an unhappy man. He's the star and the face of a franchise, not to mention a veteran leader of the team, and he felt like he should have been consulted by ownership about the hire. He wasn't, and he was displeased.
Now, Brown and Bryant have reportedly spoken in person on more than one occasion and their conversations have relieved Bryant's concerns. Of course, Bryant himself hasn't said those exact words or anything close to them, but that's probably because he wants some privacy in the offseason, not because he has a problem with Brown.
Oh, who knows. It'll be a fun 2011-12 NBA season, provided it actually takes place. Lockouts!