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No matter how low Kwame Brown got last season, Lakers coach Phil Jackson refused to introduce any more negativity into Brown's basketball career.

When Brown was struggling with the triangle offense - struggling sometimes just to catch the ball in the post - Jackson tried to break the game down to its basics. All he asked of Brown was to run the floor, rebound and play defense.

Now the Lakers are hoping Brown can put together the pieces and pick up where he left off last season, when he averaged 12.4 points and 8.6 rebounds in the final 18 games while Chris Mihm was out with an ankle injury.

During a long interview last week, Brown talked about the importance of gaining his teammates' trust and believing in himself. The Lakers open training camp in 10 days with the hope Brown finally will live up to his enormous potential.

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