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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: Jan 31, 2007
Posted on: May 26, 2011 1:51 am
 

Lakers agree to four-year deal with Mike Brown

Nice hire Lakers!!  Better start re-building now.  You will now become a 6th or 7th teer team in the West.  Every team goes through, you guys better hope you can get through it!!  I'm not a Laker by any means, but Brian Shaw got dawged on the position.  He should of been your top gun!!  Good luck boys in purple and gold, it's gonna be a long haul!!!



Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: May 26, 2011 1:04 am
 

Lakers agree to four-year deal with Mike Brown

I hate the Lakers a lot as a Suns fan but really this is not a bad hire of Mike Brown at all as the next Lakers head coach. Brown did a lot of ok things as a Cleveland coach and he will do ok as a Lakers coach too.



Since: Mar 7, 2011
Posted on: May 26, 2011 12:11 am
 

Lakers agree to four-year deal with Mike Brown

Great. Now we have a proven loser.



Since: Apr 28, 2008
Posted on: May 25, 2011 11:57 pm
 

Lakers agree to four-year deal with Mike Brown

Reminds me of how the Chargers fired Marty to get Norv Tuner haha, what a joke! Smoking too much crack



Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: May 25, 2011 11:49 pm
 

Lakers agree to four-year deal with Mike Brown

Thank you Lakers for hiring Brown so that the Warriors can't hire him. After the recent firing of a defensive minded coach with no proven history of winning (Keith Smart) Brown would have been a bad hire....because it would be the same has hiring Smart again. The Lakers should have hired Rudy T or even Van Gundy. As for the comment abour Lebron James approving of the Lakers hiring.....lest we forget that James disrespected Brown and drove him out of town before leaving town himself. The only approval the Lakers need are from Kobe, Magic and Kareem. And by all accounts when the Lakers told Kobe that they had hired Mike Brown...Kobe said "Who?". That statement speaks volume as to the reputation of Brown as an NBA coach and Buss promise to involve Kobe in the hiring of the next coach. 

Trade Kobe to the Warriors for Monta Ellis and some draft picks. Both teams will benefit from it. I kid you not.




Since: May 25, 2011
Posted on: May 25, 2011 11:22 pm
 

Lakers agree to four-year deal with Mike Brown

On the actual topic, I questioned Mike Brown's hiring as I always thought he was a pretty ordinary coach in Cleveland (and very overrated, certainly didn't deserve a Coach of the Year award). But that was Cleveland. Although my first reaction was "Really? Why HIM!" now I'm kinda curious to see how he goes in LA and how the team is different.

I'm a Lakers fan since I was a little kid but also love Detroit, and this last season I found myself way more interested in watching Detroit than LA despite the fact that they sucked, because the Lakers just seemed so complacent to just be the team everyone expects to win so they only have to keep doing what they do and for the talent they have they underachieved and looked bored (and as a result, boring). So upon a bit more thought on Brown's hiring, maybe the shake up and taking the players out of that comfort zone, which they would've had with Brian Shaw (even though I wanted him to get the job and think he deserved it) is what the team needs, even if just to create some unpredictability and make the team exciting again rather than watching them sleepwalk through the regular season and wait for April.  



Since: Apr 19, 2009
Posted on: May 25, 2011 11:18 pm
 

Lakers agree to four-year deal with Mike Brown

Still don't think the Lakers will go anywwhere with him.....



Since: May 25, 2011
Posted on: May 25, 2011 11:00 pm
 

Lakers agree to four-year deal with Mike Brown

Why does race always even get mentioned to begin with? If an article is about sports, what does race have to do with anything?
I just don't understand why Americans are fixated on race.




Since: Sep 13, 2010
Posted on: May 25, 2011 10:27 pm
 

Lakers agree to four-year deal with Mike Brown

This guy is a joke as a coach. He was LB James's caddy, end of story. The Lakers will be mediocre again. Kobe: Go enjoy the rest of your career playing real basketball in Europe. The NBA is a joke run by a joke of a lawyer named Stern.



Since: Sep 13, 2010
Posted on: May 25, 2011 10:25 pm
 

Lakers agree to four-year deal with Mike Brown

This guy is a joke as a coach. He was LB James's caddy, end of story. The Lakers will be mediocre again. Kobe: Go enjoy the rest of your career playing real basketball in Europe. The NBA is a joke run by a joke of a lawyer named Stern.


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