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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

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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."
CBSSports.com'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 CBSSports.com confirms the deal is done in principle. 

UPDATE: According to Ken Berger of CBSSports.com, 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. 
Comments

Since: Oct 13, 2007
Posted on: May 26, 2011 11:43 am
 

Lakers agree to four-year deal with Mike Brown

I'm glad they didn't consult Kobe.  Why should they?  In a few years he'll be near the end of the line and it was supposed to be at *that* point they went for yet another coach??  So that would be one coach for the rest of kobe's stay and then yet another coach??
Come on. 

Brown is a good hire - you better like him laker fan!  Or he'll be very mad at oouu!



Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: May 26, 2011 11:30 am
 

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Since: Apr 28, 2007
Posted on: May 26, 2011 10:24 am
 

Lakers agree to four-year deal with Mike Brown

Bad Hire, the BUss kid is going to run the team into the ground. Good thing Daddy has money I guess. In today's NBA you go to your top player and ask what do you think. Hiring the wrong guy who has to work closely with your franchise player can be a disater. In no other sport (4 majors) can that one player make or break you. You only get 5 on the court at a time and maybe 8 play on a given day. Why would you not ask the cornerstone of your program do you like this guy.

I also blame Phil a little for not standing up for his guy while he knew he was out the door.




Since: May 30, 2008
Posted on: May 26, 2011 9:52 am
 

Lakers agree to four-year deal with Mike Brown

Man TeeJayTee70 has a hardon for Phil Jackson.  Dude relax we all know you are in love with DA COACH but really its too much, jealousy can only get you soo far...



Since: May 4, 2008
Posted on: May 26, 2011 9:42 am
 

Lakers agree to four-year deal with Mike Brown

Ummm Go Lakeres!!! "Puts helmet on before the rocks start flying"  LOL For me it's a wait and see. Time will tell of he is a good coach or a bad one. Good luck to the Heat and Mavs.  



Since: Sep 5, 2008
Posted on: May 26, 2011 9:04 am
 

Lakers agree to four-year deal with Mike Brown

The owner of the team went out and got the coach he wanted, just as it should be, he's the owner.  It amazes me how todays athlete thinks they have the almight power and right of the team.  Kobe shouldn't have been consulted, he should have been TOLD, as he was.  If he doesn't like it he can live out his contract and go elsewhere for the rest of his career.  These players have to realize THEY are NOT the TEAM, THEY are NOT the OWNERS, they are simply workers for that organization, just like a stock boy, cashier, mid level manager, or pharmacist at Walmart or any other store doesn't make company policy.  The stars will retire and the team will move on.  Live with it!




Since: Apr 28, 2010
Posted on: May 26, 2011 8:02 am
 

Lakers agree to four-year deal with Mike Brown

Mike Brown's got some overrated shoes to Phil. 

Nice word play teejaytee.

Just like Phil to bail when the job becomes challenging. 

Isn't the guy in his late 60's and said from the get-go he was out at the end of this year when L.A. was the favorite at the beginning of the year?

oh, and Phil, it looks like the Heat will win it all this year- even without you-as unbelievable as that sounds, 

Now teejay, you're probably hurting his feelings by being this mean to him on a blog.

so I guess they won't be firing Erik Spoelstra afterall. 

Again, a misconstrued statement by someone sounding like they may have a crush on the retiree.

Too bad you won't be able to slide into your next ready made championship team. 

Yep all 11, that's eleven, championships he had nothing to do with.

The Heat will probably win the next 5 championships,

Not 5, not 6, not 7..... is this Bron bron? 

so, Phil, you better get used to sharing the limelight with the great Erik Spoelstra. 

ummmmm, yeah I got nothing.  The great Erik Spoelstra?  Ummmmm, still nothing.

Great hire too, Lakers.  Mike Brown sure knows how to win....in the regular season.

I've never even seen Mike Brown play, can he shoot?




Since: May 29, 2010
Posted on: May 26, 2011 6:35 am
 

Lakers agree to four-year deal with Mike Brown

Mike Brown's got some overrated shoes to Phil.  Just like Phil to bail when the job becomes challenging.  oh, and Phil, it looks like the Heat will win it all this year- even without you-as unbelievable as that sounds, so I guess they won't be firing Erik Spoelstra afterall.  Too bad you won't be able to slide into your next ready made championship team.  The Heat will probably win the next 5 championships, so, Phil, you better get used to sharing the limelight with the great Erik Spoelstra.  Great hire too, Lakers.  Mike Brown sure knows how to win....in the regular season. 



Since: May 13, 2010
Posted on: May 26, 2011 5:33 am
 

Lakers agree to four-year deal with Mike Brown

No the Lakers shouldn't consult with Kobe before making moves, he doesn't own the team and he isn't the GM. I look at this in a positive way, Brown can bring some new concepts and defensive schemes to our team. He is going to need some assistant coaches to work our offense but so did Phil. The upside of this is that Mike Brown is very young. Come on, Dunleavy, Shaw and Adelman, you guy's would be more happy with these hires? I wouldn't like anyone of these guys as head coach, including Mike Brown, but we can't have 11 time champion Phil Jackson forever. So LAKER FANS, LET'S BE POSITIVE! This could really turn out to be a great hire and then you guy's will eat crow on this. The Lakers will be great again next season, a one or two seed in our conference, so the sky hasn't fallen yet.

Kobe will be ok with the hire. He is a professional, him and Brown will not clash. Of course the media and all the Laker haters will make it seem as such. Brian Shaw and anyone else on the Laker staff blew their chance of being Phil's successor with the way the team collapsed in the playoffs. I understand them not hiring Shaw, he blew his shot. I wanted Shaw to be the next coach but face it, we sucked on Defense in the playoffs. Dallas and new Orleans exploited our weaknesses, big time. Guess who coached the defense? Brian Shaw. Mike Brown wasn't coaching our pathetic defense in the playoffs. Give the guy a chance.

Either way I'm, not a part time Laker fan like so many Laker fans are. Probably most of the fans on this site are part timers. If he is the Los Angeles Laker head coach, then I'm behind him 100%! I'm definitely behind our GM and owner, they've done a lot for us fans. They also know more about basketball and what is going on in LA than any of us so give it time. This could turn out great!



Since: Mar 20, 2009
Posted on: May 26, 2011 2:39 am
 

Lakers agree to four-year deal with Mike Brown

You don't go 62-20,as the Head Coach of any Team,if your Not a Good Coach.I think it is a Great Hire! I would rather have someone who has been a Head Coach,than a Asst.Coach with no Head Coaching Experience.Kobe is NOT the owner of the Team,so No you shouldn't have to consult with him.You saw where the Lakers went this Year,with the Greatest Coach in NBA History! Kobe just needs to shut up and play ball.When the Team Wins 62 games,the Coach gets the credit,and when you don't Win the Title,the Coach gets the Blame.There a bunch of good NBA coaches,that have Never Won a NBA title! Good Luck to the Lakers.You will Never Please Everyone!



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