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Mike Brown speaks his thoughts for Black History Month.
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This is a Black History Month -- presented by the United States Marine Corps did -- the proud Marines. Considered by some as the greatest player of all time Bill Russell not only revolutionized the game of basketball on the court did -- in 1966. Became the NBA's first African American head coach. Hand picked by Celtics legend Red Auerbach as his replacement. More than fifty African American men have found their way through the door open by Russell more than half century ago Lakers head Coach Mike Brown it's quick to. Credit one of those -- with the start of his own journey into the NBA while attending the University of San Diego. The main guys -- -- -- the staff I don't know how he's that. I looked up to especially because I have interest in the game of basketball and and here is tainted. At a high level he usually gets you success that I know can do about -- without necessarily playing. Very high level pro. I asked my head coach thinks he can if we -- anybody in the NBA like into an internship with the coaches he had -- Larry brown and we'll let go very focused well -- so you don't burning through this what can you ask you like to welcome them. And then in time for the summer. I think someone. My work turned into a 15100 dollar check. And plus good job offers a video coordinator. Brown is making his own history now as head coach of the Lakers and Magic Johnson of only two African American man to -- one of the league's most storied franchises. I always think I can't. Like two new. Pioneer or something they can open doors for others because when I look at guys like -- Martin Luther king and or even birdied the first or. So that I can control and Russell Jones -- guys and Lenny -- Those guys have opened the world to myself and how to a lot of other younger Americans play in this business and so. To be the second. I think coach expect the American error mean all it needs to be more doors could open up for others to come behind. -- -- -- -- This season fourteen of the NBA's thirty teams are led by African American head coaches including four of the 5 teams in the Pacific division. It's a significant testament and tribute to the mental game. Before that the things that those guys who flew out of KC Jones the only game. Played -- -- stroke back in the day. They played terrific. I foundation. For myself. Guys when you lose Johnson. -- But I am going. -- case because right now we're good opportunities that we might have gotten at those guys -- come in and had the success they've had. -- Their careers.