Posted by Royce Young
Mike Brown is officially the Lakers new coach. Now what?
Other than trying to make best buds with Kobe, Brown's got to start filling out his staff. Whether or not Brown will want to retain current assistants Jim Cleamons, Brian Shaw, Chuck Person and Frank Hamblen is to be seen. Reportedly, Brown has a good relationship with Person from their time together in Indiana and he could remain.
According to HoopsWorld, Brown may also attempt to bring in well-respected Italian coach Ettore Messina in as an assistant. Messina has long been considered one of Europe's top coaches and reportedly would like to get into the NBA.Another report from Yahoo! Sports has Brown making a run at high profile assistant Tim Grgurich of the Mavericks. Brown and Grgurich are "close friends." Of course I'd imagine no movement would be made on that front until the Mavericks are finished with their season.
The Lakers though are cutting costs in some places, recently even letting go their long-time assistant general manager Ronnie Lester as his contract won't be renewed. Equipment managers, trainers and everyone else is up in the air too, so Brown won't be able to make any firm decisions until the Lakers coaching budget is sorted out.