Lakers back Brown after Magic's prediction

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Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, front, reacts after being called for a foul as forward Pau Hasol, back, of Spain, looks on against the Denver Nuggets in the third quarter of the Nuggets' 113-96 victory in Game 6 of the teams'  first-round NBA basketball series in Denver on Thursday, May 10, 2012. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

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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.

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