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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: Dec 6, 2008
Posted on: May 25, 2011 12:21 pm

Report: Lakers to hire Mike Brown as head coach

and...... he(brown) is totally lost on the offensive side of things. no clue how to run an offense. his defense was always elite but ...if you have the 2time mvp on your team(lbj), hold homecourt throughout(08-09 09-10), and have a top 3 defense(08-09 09-10) the only thing that can hold you from a title IS THE COACH!

Since: Dec 6, 2008
Posted on: May 25, 2011 12:17 pm

im sorry laker world!

as a cleveland cavalier fan i am deeply sorry for you having to acquire mike brown. after seeing him get outcoached by the celtics 2x in playoffs and the magic 1x when the cavaliers had the better team each series i learned he is a joke. he cant  make adjustments at halftime or handle the big ego players. he spends the entire game twisting his lips up in a pucker up position instead of making changes. cleveland had the lead at the halftime mark in most of their playoff losses and consistently got outcoached by rivers/van gundy. he should go back to being in a video position on a team rather than be a coach. only reason he had ANY success(if regular season counts as that) is because he had LEBRON. i know the lakers history is full of titles and hall of famers, but with kobe in his decline and most of the other key players getting up there in age it will take more than mike brown to return you to the top in the west. dwight howard could be the savious. time will tell. good luck and agaim im sorry you got stuck with that moron of a coach.

Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: May 25, 2011 12:13 pm

Report: Lakers to hire Mike Brown as head coach

This is extremely interesting. A) the guy the lakers want is the guy that replaced Brown in Cleveland.  B) Brown is not known to handle stars well LeBron James walked on him.  What will Kobe Bryant do to him?  c) He thought he was under the microscope in Cleveland...LA is a whole different and ten times bigger monster!  He just got one of the top 2 jobs in the NBA.  Face it Hollywood is very nice!  I am perplexed by this hire because his name didn't even surface for jobs last season.  I mean Lebron left and Cleveland was the worst team in the league so how much of it was coaching or how much of it was Lebron?  I just am very curious about this hire

Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: May 25, 2011 11:55 am

Report: Lakers to hire Mike Brown as head coach

There's only 1 or 2 coaches in the NBA that can control Kobe's ego and Mike Brown is not one of them. Lets face it, no matter who is coaching the Lakers, it's still is Kobe's team. Now don't get me wrong. I like the Lakers and I love Kobe but for the team to win like the Lakers are accustom to, their head coach needs to be respected by all the players and not by all the players but Kobe. LeBron, imo, walked all over Brown and I have a feeling that Kobe will do the same.

Since: May 24, 2011
Posted on: May 25, 2011 11:51 am

Report: Lakers to hire Mike Brown as head coach

top 3*

Since: May 24, 2011
Posted on: May 25, 2011 11:49 am

Report: Lakers to hire Mike Brown as head coach

Mike Brown? hahahah. The Lakers are really going cheap on this hiring hunt, offering less then half the money Phil made to whoever coaches The Fake Show. With an obviously aging Kobe, and questions as to who will even return next season to fill the rest of the squad, i see a repeat of what happened in Cleveland to Mike Brown. He'll once again be the coach of a team with 1 superstar, this one past his prime, and a bunch of misfits around him. Im predicting the Mike Brown usual, ttp 3 regular season record, and an early exit from the NBA playoffs.

Since: Oct 21, 2006
Posted on: May 25, 2011 11:25 am

Report: Lakers to hire Mike Brown as head coach

It will be fun watching the Lakers beat the Cavaliers butts.

Since: Sep 4, 2007
Posted on: May 25, 2011 11:19 am

Report: Lakers to hire Mike Brown as head coach

Wow!!  The only 2 real positive things I can say is that at least Mike Brown will get another chance to prove he is a good coach.  The other is that the Lakers will get better derensively.  I could never really tell how much of the Cavs offensive struggles were the result of his offense philosophy or Leborn simply pounding the ball.  I always thought he was a coach who had trouble adjusting to what the other team was doing.  I wonder how long it will be before he and Kobe bump heads.  Is he going to leave the triangle intact since its proven that it works?  Or is he just going to give Kobe the greenest of green lights?  I hope he understands what he did wrong in Cleveland and comes back better than before.  I wish him success but not to much as I cant stand the Lakers.

Since: Mar 9, 2007
Posted on: May 25, 2011 11:10 am

Report: Lakers to hire Mike Brown as head coach

I agree with your point, but remember, people that live in glass houses should not throw rocks. Maybe type your comment into Word, and then hit the old spell checker. I'm just sayin'.

Since: Mar 9, 2007
Posted on: May 25, 2011 11:08 am

Report: Lakers to hire Mike Brown as head coach

I agree with your point, but not the history that you present. The Blazers of the early 90's were not a team with an aging superstar. Unless you are targeting Buck Williams. Terry Porter, Jerome Kersey, Clyde Drexler, and Duckworth were in their primes.
Rick Adelman would be an excellent coach for any team. I would LOVE to see him back on the Blazers sideline!

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