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Shannon Brown elevates his game

The acrobatic dunker's prowess on shooting and defense lifts Lakers in opener

Updated: October 27, 2010, 5:42 PM ET
By Dave McMenamin | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- Shannon Brown could have been in a Toronto hotel room on Tuesday night.

That's where the New York Knicks were, a team that sought to secure Brown’'s services this summer once the dynamic guard opted out of his deal with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Instead, Brown was a key link in the Lakers'’ full-circle ring ceremony -- accepting a warm introduction from playing-time competitor Sasha Vujacic and then delivering an intro for Derek Fisher worthy of what "El Presidente" ...

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