After winning the past two games to force a Game 7 in their series against the Los Angeles Lakers, the Denver Nuggets head to Staples Center knowing that all the pressure is on their opponent. Even though the last thing they needed was a distraction away from the court, that is exactly what the Lakers have received in the past 24 hours, with Magic Johnson saying on ESPN that Mike Brown won't return next year if they fail to advance:
"His job will go," Johnson said. "The Lakers are about championships. That's what the Lakers are about. If they lose this game, Mike Brown, I bet you, will not be sitting there."
It should be noted that Johnson no longer has any ownership stake in the Lakers, but remains a Vice-President with the organization. If the Nuggets can pull off the remarkable upset it could lead to a fascinating offseason in Southern California.