Mike Brown walked up to Andrew Bynum at the Lakers’ training facility Saturday, laughing and making the usual post-practice small talk.
The mood around the team was significantly lighter one day after the Lakers coach departed Staples Center before a game against the Denver Nuggets to attend to an undisclosed family matter.
Brown declined to discuss the reason that prompted him to leave his team, calling it a personal issue.
“It was one of those instances where it was time to be with the family,” Brown said, “and I felt it was the right thing for me to leave.”
Brown will be back when the Lakers play host to the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday afternoon at Staples Center, but Kobe Bryant probably won’t. The coach said his star shooting guard would probably miss a fifth consecutive game because of a sore left shin.