Former Laker Magic Johnson predicted Friday that if the Lakers can't get past the Nuggets in the first round of the NBA Western Conference playoffs, Lakers' coach Mike Brown will be fired, ESPN reports.
"Mike Brown will not be coaching the Lakers if they lose this game," Johnson said on ESPN during the Grizzlies/Clippers game.
In response to Johnson's prediction, the Lakers issued a statement Saturday backing Mike Brown.
"The opinion expressed yesterday by Magic Johnson regarding Mike Brown was his personal opinion and was made in his role as a TV analyst," the team statement read, The Associated Press reports. "His words were not made on behalf of the Los Angeles Lakers, and in no way do they reflect the feelings or position of team ownership or management. We are fully committed to and supportive of Mike Brown as head coach of the Lakers."
According to ESPN, Brown also responded to Johnson's prediction himself.
"Magic's a good guy and he's entitled to his opinion," Brown said. My focus is on winning this game and that's it." He went onto say that he understands that Magic was just doing his job as an analyst, and that there are really no hard feelings.
The Lakers and Nuggets will face off in Game 7 Saturday night. The winner will go onto face the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Western Conference semi-finals. Game 1 of that series will happen Monday in Oklahoma City.