LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 08: Head coach Mike Brown of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts as he walks down the sideline in the first quarter while taking on the Denver Nuggets in Game Five of the Western Conference Quarterfinals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs on May 8, 2012 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
Lakers back Brown after Magic's prediction
The Lakers issued a statement publicly backing Mike Brown on Saturday, May 12, after Magic Johnson declared the first-year head coach would be fired if Los Angeles lost Game 7 of its first-round playoff series with Denver.