The Lakers are moments away from extending their postseason run by at least a week or becoming the ninth team in NBA history to squander a 3-1 series deficit.
The latter result won't necessarily put Lakers Coach Mike Brown on the hot seat. The Lakers' front office released a statement clarifying as much despite comments from Magic Jonhson that Brown would lose his job should the Lakers lose Game 7 tonight to the Denver Nuggets. But a loss would bring something else full circle.
Nuggets Coach George Karl would exact revenge for something that Brown was a part of 18 years ago. The Lakers coach served as Denver's video coordinator when the Nuggets overame a 2-0 deficit as an eighth-seeded team to beat Karl's top-seeded Seattle SuperSonics. Moments after Denver center Dikembe Mutombo fell to the court in triumph, a certain 24-year-old video coordinator walked over to embrace him.
"If we can, though, let's not show it," Brown said, jokingly. "My flat top didn't really look good. I don't want that to be out if we can not show it."