It's Thanksgiving Day and the Lakers have many things to be thankful for; one being Shannon Brown.
Brown is coming off a season-high, 21-point performance in a win against the Bulls, just two nights ago. He is currently averaging 11.8 PPG, 2.2 RPG, and 1.1 APG. For a player who barely played in the playoffs last season, Brown is really working for his new $4.6 million contract.
Earlier this summer, Brown agreed to a two-year, $4.6 million contract, with a player option; meaning that he has the option to opt out of his contract after a year of play. His idea was to test the waters of NBA free agency, just in case he decided to leave the Lakers for more money.
According to Mark Burnstein, Brown's agent, "The lure of the Lakers was too great" for Brown to deny. "He didn’t want to look back and not have the chance to go for a third straight championship."
It's proving to be a great decision for Brown so far, considering he is back with his championship team, he is playing the best basketball of his NBA career, and the Lakers are currently sitting at the No. 2 spot in the West.
Having watched Brown since he came to the Lakers, it has really been fun to watch him grow. Everyone knew he had the potential to be a good role player, but no one expected Brown to be averaging more points than Matt Barnes and starter, Ron Artest.
The only thing that could go wrong with Brown is if he decides to go the same route as former Laker Trevor Ariza.
Ariza is playing for the surprisingly successful New Orleans Hornets, averaging 10.6 PPG, 5.2 RPG and 2.6 APG, but every Laker fan knows Ariza regrets making the decision to leave the NBA reigning champions for more money.
If Brown decided to leave after this season, which could happen even if the Lakers three-peat, he would be making a huge mistake. The Lakers have been nothing short of patient with Brown, and as the saying goes, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it."
At the end of the day, Brown is a millionaire and if he isn't a fraction of what Latrell Sprewell was, money shouldn't be a problem in the long run.
When measuring whether you are in the right place or not in professional sports, the No. 1 priority should be happiness, followed by success and lastly money.
For Brown, I'd say the Lakers satisfy him in all three categories, and for heavens sake, why would someone ever want to leave the best NBA city in the world?
Brown is playing great basketball, he is making money, he is living in the City of Angels, he is married to a singer, and he is on a championship contending team. Honestly, what more could you be thankful for on a Thanksgiving Day?
I, for one, am thankful for the Lakers and especially thankful for the Most Improved Player in the NBA, Shannon Brown.
What are you thankful for on this Thanksgiving Day?