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Mike Brown Is The Lakers New Coach, But Kobe Bryant Has No Comment

The Los Angeles Lakers went ahead and hired Mike Brown to follow in the now-retired Phil Jackson's footsteps despite having Brian Shaw, already endorsed by Lakers' superstar Kobe Bryant, versed in the Lakers way.

That's sure to draw the ire of some, especially those hoping things would stay largely the same as they have been in the past, including -- apparently -- Kobe Bryant.

Bryant was reached Wednesday by the Los Angeles Times, but apparently didn't have much to say. In fact, he didn't have anything to say.

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.

Bryant said earlier this month that he would be comfortable with Assistant Coach Brian Shaw getting the job because of Shaw's overall knowledge of the franchise, the triangle offense and, of course, the players.

Hopefully this doesn't boil over into anything too big, especially considering Bryant didn't say anything, but it doesn't look good from the outset.