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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: May 25, 2011
Posted on: May 25, 2011 2:56 am

Report: Lakers to hire Mike Brown as head coach

This it the most stupid move for a major team.  Are you kidding me, this guy couldn't win with LeBarn and I always saw him as the worst game manager of all in the NBA...What are they thinking, and why this guy?.....  Stupid Stupid Stupid..................He will be gone by mid season..

Since: May 17, 2011
Posted on: May 25, 2011 2:35 am

Report: Lakers to hire Mike Brown as head coach

hahahahaha all i can do is laugh!!! STUPID LAKERS!!

Since: Aug 18, 2009
Posted on: May 25, 2011 2:28 am

Report: Lakers to hire Mike Brown as head coach

hahaha what a terrible move.  nice to see the lakers continue to screw up.  step aside LA your run is over.  welcome to the heat era.

Since: May 13, 2010
Posted on: May 25, 2011 2:13 am

Report: Lakers to hire Mike Brown as head coach

Instead of me saying, WTF! We are going to hire Mike F'ing Brown? I'm going to try to be positive. He is a good defensive coach who studied under Gregg Popovich, one of the best coaches in the game. He did take a crappy team to the NBA Finals. I don't like the way his offense was, Lebron Lebron in Cleveland, but in LA we have smart players who are great offensively. It's the defense that needed to be revamped, and Brian Shaw was our defensive coach, so that didn't bode well for Shaw. I think this could be a good hire. He is young, energetic, emotional, things Phil wasn't until playoffs rolled around. We needed a change of the guard in LA. I wanted Brian Shaw to be hired until our game 4 loss to Dallas. The way we lost I thought in my mind destroyed any chance of making Shaw HC.

If this report is true I'm not very happy about it, but I hope it works out for us. Let's go Lakers!

Since: Nov 1, 2010
Posted on: May 25, 2011 2:13 am

Report: Lakers to hire Mike Brown as LAME DUCK

Stupid stupid stupid move.Yell

Since: Mar 14, 2011
Posted on: May 25, 2011 2:11 am

Report: Lakers to hire Mike Brown as head coach

what the hec are the Lakers thinking.  Brown > Adelman? I don't think so.

Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: May 25, 2011 2:07 am

Report: Lakers to hire Mike Brown as head coach

I think this will be a great hire for the Lakers.  Mike Brown will clearly rely on several top assistant coaches for offensive scheme.  But, so did Phil Jackson early in his career.  Tex Winters was the driving force behind the triangle offense, and Phil allowed the system to work for him over a long career.  Mike Brown will bring passion to the sideline for the Lakers, something they desparately need.  The key now is who will the Lakers be able to get in Free Agency, or add to the roster via trade.   And what will happen to assistants like Shaw and Clemons?

Since: Jun 20, 2010
Posted on: May 25, 2011 2:05 am

Report: Lakers to hire Mike Brown as head coach

So instead of Brian Shaw, someone who has been on the coaching staff forever and knows what Kobe and the rest of the guys our like, their going to go with Mike Brown?  This is the Lakers, they have their choice of any coach out there and they go with Mike Brown?  What has Mike Brown ever done, but let Lebron do what ever he wanted to do.

Since: Nov 5, 2008
Posted on: May 25, 2011 2:04 am

Report: Lakers to hire Mike Brown as head coach

Good choice! Poor man got screwed by Dan Gilbert, I'm glad he's getting another chance.

Since: Mar 11, 2011
Posted on: May 25, 2011 2:01 am
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