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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 17, 2011
Posted on: May 25, 2011 6:31 pm

Lakers agree to four-year deal with Mike Brown

I'm not a big Mike Brown fan and don't get me wrong when I say that I don't think much of the hire for I'm all for him in this move and wish him the best of success. Apparently the Laker brass sees him as the answer to lead the Lakers as opposed to Adelman and other retreads, or a lifetime assistant like Shaw. Being a Cleveland homer I was always critical of Mike Brown's offensive strategy and lineup rotations. Couple those facts with his seemingly constant inability to make adjustments after halftime, then you can maybe understand why I'm skeptical of this hire. Originally when I heard about the Lakers interest in Mike Brown I was both critical and dumbfounded. But on further comtemplation, I think there might be something to him being a possible fit considering the fact that the Lakers had other viable and logical options.

Since: May 12, 2007
Posted on: May 25, 2011 6:25 pm

Lakers agree to four-year deal with Mike Brown

I think the Lakers made a good choice in Mike Brown. Brown doesn't get enough credit for what he helped do in Cleveland.  Lebron was the only good player on that team and they had good records during the season and did decent in the playoffs. They  Even went the the NBA finals. I still don't understand how your fire a coach that wins 50 games, 4 out of 5 years, gets you to the playoffs all 5 years, and to the NBA finals.  The Lakers have a way better team then Brown ever had in Cleveland. So the Lakers could be  the best team next season. Could be..

Since: Dec 4, 2007
Posted on: May 25, 2011 6:24 pm

Lakers agree to four-year deal with Mike Brown

Dont you have to interview some white people for the job before you can hire a african-american,or is that just when a white guy gets hired.

Since: May 2, 2011
Posted on: May 25, 2011 6:23 pm

Lakers agree to four-year deal with Mike Brown

since the NFL lockout and the team down time, bengals owner mike brown
sure did get tan - must have vacationed in hawaii.....

Since: May 25, 2011
Posted on: May 25, 2011 6:03 pm

Lakers agree to four-year deal with Mike Brown

This is crap.  Did anybody pay attention to this guys coaching style while at Clevland.  Labron was left out on an Island most of the time while the other players watched.  If Lakers are thinking about trashin' the Triangle Offense, the same thing will happen with Kobe.  I guess we can get use to, 'Close but no Cigar'.  No more rings with him at the helm.  Unless Dwight Howard comes walking in the door for Bynum and Soft Gasal, Kobe might as well retire now.  This coach aint gonna get 'em back to the finals.  that's for sure.  I'd like to eat these words, but I don't see that happenin' either.  What a horrible move.  What happen to the X's and O's in the NBA.  We should stop calling 'Managers' coaches.  Cause that's what this guy is and always has been.  I'm Out.

Since: Aug 14, 2006
Posted on: May 25, 2011 5:56 pm

Lakers agree to four-year deal with Mike Brown

Have fun LA, guy couldn't draw up a pick in roll if he had malone and stockton in his huddle.

Since: Mar 7, 2011
Posted on: May 25, 2011 5:31 pm

Lakers agree to four-year deal with Mike Brown

take your medicine fat boy.  While the Lakers will have a better record than the Cavs next year, the Lakers will lose in the first round of the playoffs, so why bother even going.

You have to dump your old men before you become relevant again...just ask the Spurs.  The Cavs will dump Davis and Jamison and have four top picks on the roster before the Lakers even start rebuilding. 

Enjoy being just good enough to make the playoffs and losing in the first round for years to come. 

Now, go wax your Dad's car and get ready for your shift at McDonalds.  Typical LA fanboy moron. 

You'll be looking up at the Clippers in the standings soon enough.

Since: Jan 14, 2010
Posted on: May 25, 2011 5:22 pm

Lakers agree to four-year deal with Mike Brown

Thank you Lakers. Has any of you who find this to be a good hire actually seen an interview with this guy, or better yet seen any evidence of actual coaching during a Cavs game? Yikes. Guess they decided to do a 180 following Phil. The rest of the west thanks you LA.

Since: Jan 28, 2009
Posted on: May 25, 2011 5:16 pm

Lakers agree to four-year deal with Mike Brown

chased of rudy? please elaborate.

Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: May 25, 2011 5:02 pm

Lakers agree to four-year deal with Mike Brown

In some ways I would love to see the Lakers do better with Brown then Phil Jackson...just to show the world Phil not as great as people make him out to be, my 2 year old daughter could have coached the Jordan led Bulls or the Shaq / Kobe Lakers teams to titles.....on the other hand, what has Mike Brown ever proven to anyone? It might be what the Lakers need though, a guy who is defensive minded.....people forget Brown learned under Greg he is that defense mind built into do the over paid over hyped players on the Lakers buy in? Remember when they chased off Rudy?

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