Though we fully believe that Kobe Bryant knew that Mike Brown was going to be fired before today, Bryant obviously has to play like he didn’t.
And in keeping up with the charade, Bryant posted a statement on his Facebook page about the firing calling today, “a tough day”.
Tough day. I’ve seen coaches as well as friends come and go. No matter how many years I’ve been playing, it’s still hard to deal with. I had a good relationship with Mike and I will continue to have one. I wish him and his family nothing but the best. I spoke with him today and thanked him for all of his hard work and sacrifice.
As a team, we must focus our energy on tonight’s game. We must block out the weight of today’s news and simply do our jobs to the best of our ability.
I’m not sure what direction we are heading in next. All I can do is focus on the here and now.