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Lakers agree to four-year deal with Mike Brown

Posted on: May 25, 2011 1:16 am
Edited on: May 25, 2011 8:27 pm
Report indicates Mike Brown to be hired as the next head coach of the Los Angeles LakersPosted by EOB Staff


Update: 8:17 p.m. 

The Los Angeles Lakers have issued a statement confirming that the team has reached an "agreement" with Mike Brown to serve as the team's next head coach. 
"In response to rampant speculation and reports about our head coaching position and Mike Brown, we’ve met with Mike and are very impressed with him.  In addition, we have an outline for an agreement in place and hope to sign a contract within the next few days."'s Ken Berger reports the deal is for four years and $18.25 million.

The Associated Press notes that Brown will be the 22nd coach of the Lakers and that Jim Buss, son of owner Jerry Buss, led the search process without consulting any of the Lakers players, including Kobe Bryant.
Rather than promoting one of Jackson's assistant coaches, the Lakers are changing course after an abrupt end to their two-year title reign and the long-anticipated departure of Jackson, the coach with the most championship rings in NBA history.

Although Kobe Bryant endorsed Jackson assistant Brian Shaw for the vacancy, Jim Buss - the Lakers' executive vice president of player personnel and the son of owner Jerry Buss - became intrigued by Brown after Saturday's interview.

Bryant and his teammates apparently weren't consulted during the coaching search, and Bryant declined to comment on Brown's hiring Wednesday when reached by the Los Angeles Times. Bryant publicly supported Shaw, his former Lakers teammate, but the two-time NBA finals MVP also said the Lakers should find a coach who believes in hard-nosed defense.
Bryant reportedly was "surprised" by the hiring.

On Wednesday, LeBron James, who played for Brown in Cleveland, offered his endorsement
"I think it's great," James said in Miami, where he's preparing for Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals.

"Mike Brown is a great coach," James said. "He brought us success that we hadn't had before in that city, and it started with his defensive concepts. He brought in a defensive mindset that we didn't have. Fifty-plus wins, he was coach of the year, he got us to the (NBA) finals, won us the Eastern Conference finals ... because of him and his coaching staff. I respect him. He definitely helped me become who I am today."
The AP also noted that Brown is known as being a defensive specialist. 
Brown's background in defense apparently intrigues the Lakers, whose last two title runs were built on sturdy defense led by Bryant and 7-foot shot-blocker Andrew Bynum, a favorite of Jim Buss. Brown is a former assistant to San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich and Dallas coach Rick Carlisle, who employed Brown as his defensive coordinator in Indiana when Lakers forward Ron Artest was named the NBA's top defensive player in 2004.
Brown, 41, coached the Cavaliers from 2005-2006 to 2000-2010, winning 50-plus games in four of those five seasons. He took the Cavaliers to the NBA Finals in 2006-2007. He was named the NBA's Coach of the Year in 2009 but parted ways with the team in the early summer of 2010, shortly before All-Star forward LeBron James left the franchise to play for the Miami Heat. Prior to his time in Cleveland, Brown was an assistant coach for the San Antonio Spurs.

His name first surfaced with regard to the Lakers position last week. Other candidates included former Houston Rockets coach Rick Adelman, Lakers assistant Brian Shaw and former Lakers coach Mike Dunleavy.

Update 4:06 p.m.:
Ken Berger of confirms the deal is done in principle. 

UPDATE: According to Ken Berger of, the Lakers and Mike Brown are finalizing negotiations to make him the next coach. "It's close," a source said.

Matt Steinmetz of CSN Bay Area reports that the Lakers will hire Mike Brown as their new head coach following the retirement of Phil Jackson. Steinmetz reports two sources confirming a four-year, $18 million deal for Brown. Previous reports had Brown close to a deal following owner Jerry Buss telling reporters that the Lakers were "very close" to a new head coach. 

Brown brings plusses and minuses, as he is a stellar defensive coach respected by veterans like those the Lakers have. Conversely, Brown is also a questionable offensive coach, relying on offensive assistants for help in that area. He is known as a key motivator, which the Lakers could clearly use after a lackadaisical season. But there are questions about his ability to wrangle stars after the way LeBron James dominated the situation in Cleveland. Now he faces an even more ego-heavy locker room.

There was talk the next Lakers coach would have to take a pay cut, and should the report be accurate, this is a considerable cut from what Jackson made last season, and even more so from the extension Jackson signed before the 2009 season.

There will be questions as to why Rick Adelman was not given the job, but Brown is a capable coach who fits in well with the veteran Lakers squad. It's a move for both stability and change, just what Buss was looking for.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this article. 

Since: Oct 5, 2010
Posted on: May 25, 2011 10:59 am

Report: Lakers to hire Mike Brown as head coach

Obviously, he had some success in Cleveland and has good coaching pedigree having served as an assistant in San Antonio. I am not sure if he has the aura or respect that being the Lakers coach commands.  He is a pretty good defensive coach but struggles with offensive creativity. This may be a welcome change from the triangle offense because the traingle is a systematic offense that limits one on one activity. He seems to lack the fire and charisma that other coaches posess but time will tell. I think the Lakers were looking for a cheaper coach and that is why they hired Mike Brown. I think Rick Adelman would have been great in Los Angeles because he is a proven winner and has had sucess in Portland, Sacremento, and Houston.

Since: Aug 1, 2010
Posted on: May 25, 2011 10:46 am

Report: Lakers to hire Mike Brown as head coach


Since: Sep 7, 2006
Posted on: May 25, 2011 10:39 am


How does this Goofball keep getting these great jobs with top tier teams.  Lol he is going to be the "All time Winningest Coach in NBA History" since he has been giftwrapped teams already at a Championship level.  Oh well, I guess coaching only matters so much at the NBA level anyways.

Since: Oct 9, 2007
Posted on: May 25, 2011 10:23 am

Report: Lakers to hire Mike Brown as head coach

Rick Adelman would have been a better choice.  He did wonders with an aging team and an aging superstar for the Blazers in the early 90's.  His style would have fit perfectly in L.A.

Since: Dec 27, 2008
Posted on: May 25, 2011 10:23 am

Report: Lakers to hire Mike Brown as head coach

"Gasol is their only good player..."

your broken ENGRISH made you look dumb enouhg but the fact you chose this soft faggot who went into witness protection for the entire playoffs as their best player seals the sir are a fuckin moron.

Since: Oct 10, 2006
Posted on: May 25, 2011 10:09 am

Report: Lakers to hire Mike Brown as head coach

@ LAShowtime has to face up to the facts that both the Lakers and the Celtics are in trouble. Both teams are viewed as old, slow and teams are no loger intimidated. Celtics rolled the dice with Perk and lost that one. Lakers have been rolling the dice for some time with both Artest and Fischer. Time ot move on BUT Mike Brown!!!! Mike Brown???? WTF were they doing with Brian Shaw all these years? I figured he would be pretty good as the head guy. I agree with you on tired olf Phil Jackson this year. He should give his salary back for what he didn't do all season, which was coach. His player comments during interviews was very telltale all season. Good luck! Will be very interesting to see what Mitch can do.....D Howard, CP3, JR Smith.....???

Hate Boston&LA
Since: May 4, 2011
Posted on: May 25, 2011 10:06 am
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Since: Mar 15, 2010
Posted on: May 25, 2011 9:38 am

Report: Lakers to hire Mike Brown as head coach

Not a bad hire! I think he got the short end of the stick in Cleveland! Glad to see someone gave him another chance! I'll bet he's extremely happy that he's the Lakers coach now, that way maybe he can stick it to LeBronda next season!

Since: Feb 10, 2010
Posted on: May 25, 2011 9:20 am

Report: Lakers to hire Mike Brown as head coach

As a Laker fan I am willing to give Brown a fair shake.  It can't be any worse than the dead, stiff Phil Jackson that was sitting on the bench for the Lakers this season.  Seriously, Phil didn't do any coaching this year, he just sat on the bench doing his open mouth breathing.  You know how this is going to work right?  Brown is going to come to LA, The Lakers are going to get a point guard,  Pau's nuts will drop during the off season and the Lakers will work toward another title.

Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: May 25, 2011 9:07 am

Report: Lakers to hire Mike Brown as head coach

Well anything to keep him off of ESPN, the guy can't talk to save his life.

This is a terrible hire no matter which way you slice it.  I understand that the Lakers need defense and you want a coach that has worked with a previous superstar so that he, in theory, can mesh with Kobe.  Brown has both of those qualities but he was terrible in game management  and terrible on the offensive end.  When the pressure was high he had no gameplan it was just isolation with lebron.  If you want a guy who you can fire next year then that doesn't make sense when you have a team that wants to win now and not later.  You have so many offensive pieces with the Lakers I just don't see Mike brown taking them where they want to go.  Is this another Bill Billicheck?  I seriously doubt it. 

Bye Bye lakers 

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