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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: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: May 25, 2011 10:23 pm

Lakers agree to four-year deal with Mike Brown

There was a reason he got the boot in Cleveland, I'm surprised the Lakers did not consider Brian Shaw as an option as head coach. From Phil Jackson to Mike Brown, that seems to me a downgrade. Anyway hope the Lakers know what they are doing, this team has been one of the storied franchise in the NBA and i don't want to see them go under. And hopefully Mike Brown meets their expectation as head coach.

Since: Mar 29, 2011
Posted on: May 25, 2011 10:13 pm

Lakers agree to four-year deal with Mike Brown

OMG you guys act like a bunch of women in a office. Kobe wouldnt listen to Rihanna if she was standing in front of him oh wait ya he would get over it iam ablack male and im so sick of hearing the crying about race. get over it get a job make your self better instead of making excuses. Kobe will get this guy fired like Braun did hot mocho and like elway did reeves these big cry babies need to quit their whinning and perform.

Since: Sep 6, 2006
Posted on: May 25, 2011 9:22 pm

Lakers agree to four-year deal with Mike Brown

One of the most idiotic and misinformed statements I have ever read. Totally pathetic. And racist to boot. You ought to be ashamed of yourself.

Since: Mar 15, 2011
Posted on: May 25, 2011 9:12 pm


a cleveland castoff gets the top coaching job in the NBA???  Are you serious?  The lakers will be mediocre for years.

Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: May 25, 2011 8:58 pm

Lakers agree to four-year deal with Mike Brown

I am glad the Lakers hired Mike Brown as the new Laker head coach. I would have been happy with Brian Shaw or Byron Scott as the head coach.

Most head coaches would hire the best offensive and defensive coordinators they could find at the time to assist them in the management of any team. I think Mike Brown is smart enough to hire those coaches that will make his new team successful.

I also think he is smart enough to handle the veteran team he has inherited, where the core members of this team have won 2 back to back championships.  

This might have even been discussed during the interviewing process as to how he would handle the players, the teams needs, his offensive plan, possible coaches, the team budget. I am sure Mitch and Buss did not say, “You are hired, good luck”   

Phil Jackson hired Tex Winter, a former Long Beach State head coach as his offensive coordinator. Tex invented the Triangle. Prior to the pros using this offense it was called something else. Phil did not have a clue as to how to run the triangle. He depended on his offensive coordinator to do this.

If the Lakers would want to have a cheap hire they could have hired Brian Shaw. You don’t have to pay a person with no head coaching experience as much as you would a coach that has a proven track record as a head coach, especially if he has been successful such as Mike Brown.

Jerry Buss was not really a fan of the triangle. It got him where he wanted to be, and the coach was successful with this offensive scheme at his last place of employment. Therefore I think he took the position is “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it.

There was a 13 year run where the Lakers were in the NBA finals 7 year and won the NBA championship 5 of those 7 years. So he did not meddle in a successful endeavor. Any good businessman would have done the same thing.

Phil retired, therefore, he now have a chance to hire a coach that would run an offenses close to what he like. Thus Brian Shaw was not hired.

I think Buss really liked the “Showtime Era” of Laker ball. There were dunks, behind the back passes, fast breaks and the fans standing on their feet cheering.

That is the reason for the Mike Brown hire, there will be just enough of the triangle left to satisfy those that like the offense and the offense that would please the boss.

The Lakers will be back to the NBA playoffs next season and will play deep into the playoffs, if not take another NBA Championship in Brown’s first year.

The cupboard is not a bare as most of those on this board proclaim.



Since: Mar 29, 2009
Posted on: May 25, 2011 8:37 pm
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Since: Sep 7, 2006
Posted on: May 25, 2011 8:26 pm

Lakers agree to four-year deal with Mike Brown

When in the history of this country have white people been slaves?  When have white people had their movements restricted? You are right about one thing---------- "The race card IS one sided!!".
Since when does discrimination = slavery?  People in general haven't been slaves for a very, very long time.  It's time to get over it.

Since: Nov 30, 2008
Posted on: May 25, 2011 8:18 pm

Lakers agree to four-year deal with Mike Brown

And phuck u !

Since: Nov 30, 2008
Posted on: May 25, 2011 8:18 pm

Lakers agree to four-year deal with Mike Brown

Truth be told, most NBA players very seldom "listen" to their "coach" ! It's kind of hard to respect a boss whom you an have fired at the drop of a hat !

Since: Feb 1, 2008
Posted on: May 25, 2011 8:14 pm

Lakers agree to four-year deal with Mike Brown

Let me guess, you're black and obviously uneducated.  Back to the cotton fields for you.

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