The Lakers let go of Coach Mike Brown on Friday, stunning the players who were informed by General Manager Mitch Kupchak at what was supposed to be the team's standard game-day shoot-around.
"I mean, it was just shocking to me," said forward Jordan Hill. "I've never experienced anything like that. I pulled into practice, and I saw coach. We walked in together. It was just a normal day."
"Then 20 minutes later we got the news," continued Hill. "It was definitely unexpected."
Guard Jodie Meeks may benefit with the coaching change given he had fallen out of Brown's rotation.
"I had no idea so, just like everybody else," said Meeks. "We respected him and played hard for him."
Rookie center Robert Sacre addressed expectations that surround the team.
"We are the Lakers," said Sacre. "We have that across our chest. We are supposed to have 'Ws', and that's it."
Naturally Metta World Peace had a different take on his coach's firing, noting "every video person in America, in the world right now, would want to be like Mike Brown."