After taking a commanding 3-1 series lead against the Denver Nuggets, the Los Angeles Lakers improbably find themselves on the brink of elimination tonight in Game 7 at Staples Center. It would be an embarrassing collapse and there's immense pressure on the Lakers and new head coach Mike Brown.
The most beloved Laker of them all, Magic Johnson, was quite candid and direct about Brown during ESPN's broadcast of the Clippers vs. Grizzlies game on Friday night. Magic predicted that the head coach would be run out of town if the Lakers drop Game 7 and bow out in the first round. Via Los Angeles Times:
"His job will go," Johnson said. "The Lakers are about championships. That's what the Lakers are about. if they lose this game, Mike Brown, I bet you, will not be sitting there."
"Mike Brown will not be coaching the Lakers if they lose this game," Johnson said. "There would be so much pressure on Jim Buss and the Laker organization to get rid of him."
Tip is set for 10:30 p.m. ET from Staples Center on Saturday night.