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Posted on: May 24, 2011 10:43 pm
Edited on: May 24, 2011 10:48 pm
 

Reports: Lakers close to new coach, Mike Brown?

The Los Angeles Lakers are reportedly "very close to hiring a new coach. Will it be Mike Brown? Posted by Ben Golliver. mike-brown

On Tuesday morning, we noted that the next coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, whoever that might be, will be paid far less than outgoing coach Phil Jackson.

On Tuesday evening, word surfaced that the Lakers coaching search might be coming to an end relatively quickly.

First, the Los Angeles Times reported that Lakers owner Jerry Buss says the team is "very close" to finding a replacement.
"I don't know exactly when but a week is a long time," Buss said in a wide-ranging interview Tuesday with Playboy Radio's Michael Eaves and Bonnie Jill Laflin on Sirius/XM Radio. "I should say that."

"Obviously, we have to select somebody who has a reputation that players would be happy with," Buss said. "But to ask a direct player to select a particular coach, that’s general manager territory. That’s out of the player domain."
Later Tuesday evening, Yahoo! Sports reportedthat the man for the job may be former Cleveland Cavaliers coach Mike Brown.
The Los Angeles Lakers are engaged in serious discussions with Mike Brown about the ex-Cleveland Cavaliers coach becoming the franchise’s next coach, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

There could be an agreement in place within the next 24 hours, sources say, but nothing has been finalized.
Brown, 41, coached the Cavaliers from 2005-2006 to 2000-2010, winning 50+ 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 asisstant coach for the San Antonio Spurs.

His name first surfaced with regard to the Lakers position last week.
Posted on: May 21, 2011 3:14 am
 

Report:Lakers reach out to Adelman for head coach

Report: Lakers reach out to former Blazers/Kings/Rockets coach Rick Adelman regarding head coaching position. 

Posted by Matt Moore





The Lakers aren't just giving former Blazers/Kings/Rockets coach Rick Adelman the courtesy of being on the shortlist. They're serious about pursuing him further as they inch towards a new head coach with Phil Jackson's vacant and extremely tall seat still warm. The Los Angeles Times reports that the Lakers have reached out to make conatact with Adelman about the position after a short list was determined Tuesday. From the Times:  
The Lakers are slowly reaching out to coaching candidates, contacting Rick Adelman to officially express an interest in him to replace Phil Jackson.

The three decision-makers for the Lakers' coaching search — owner Jerry Buss and executives Jim Buss and Mitch Kupchak — continued the gradual momentum from their meeting Tuesday in which they drew up an official list.
via Lakers, seeking a new coach, make contact with Rick Adelman - latimes.com.

Adelman is such a perfect fit for the Lakers, it's painful. An experienced and well-liked coach who prefers veterans, Adelman's never had a roster as stacked as the one still primed to compete in L.A.. The Lakers want a steady hand with the requisite amount of influence, fame, and experience to take the reins from the retiring Jackson, and Adelman needs a legitimate shot at a title. There's never going to be a better cross-section of interests for the two than this. 

Still, it remains to be seeen if Adelman has interest in the position or if he'll agree to an interview with the Lakers. The Times reports the Lakers fully intend to take their time with the selection, with former Cavs coach Mike Brown and current  assistant coach Brian Shaw still on the list. The Tiimes does confirm that any coach currently under contract (and thereby requiring the Lakers to provide compensation to their current teams) is not under consideration for the position. 

You'd have to think Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol will be consulted on the hiring, as will the other Lakers executives. But if an interview is confirmed with Adelman, it'll be surprising if the NBA's Oden doesn't wind up the favorite for the position. Yes, I just made that nickname up.  
Posted on: May 20, 2011 5:05 pm
 

Report: Mike Brown a Lakers coaching candidate

Posted by Royce Young

You want a darkhorse, surprise coaching candidate for the Lakers open position? Well here you go.

According to ESPN.com, former Cavaliers coach Mike Brown is set to interview "soon" for the vacant Laker position. Brown would be the fourth name to pop up in the Laker coaching search along with former Rockets coach Rick Adleman, ex-Clipper coach Mike Dunleavy (seriously) and Laker assistant Brian Shaw.

Brown has been mentioned for the Indiana Pacers and Golden State Warriors jobs as well, reportedly being the leader for the Warrior position.

Of course this would be an interesting twist as Brown coached LeBron James in Cleveland, taking the Cavs to The Finals in 2007 and winning Coach of the Year in 2009. He was dismissed in 2010 after Cleveland's flameout loss to the Celtics in the second-round.

The dynamic of bringing in LeBron's old coach to take over Kobe's Lakers is pretty crazy. Brown was often criticized for his offensive scheme which mostly was LeBron doing stuff against five defenders. I can only picture Kobe losing his stuff over a couple stagnant, dumb offensive possessions in the fourth quarter.

Brown though was always pretty popular with his players and he's a good defensive coach. I'd guess his chances at the Laker job are low, but he's a guy that's worth an interview.
Posted on: April 28, 2011 2:57 pm
Edited on: April 29, 2011 1:56 pm
 

Warriors short list: looking for a powerless hand

Warriors short list includes several former head coaches, but seeks to give them "minimal input" over personnel decisions. Huh?
Posted by Matt Moore

With Keith Smart ousted in Golden State, the search naturally begins for his replacement. The next coach will be inheriting a roster built for speed, with defensive liabilities at multiple positions and a lot of guys that like to shoot... well, a lot. So who's on the early short list? From the Contra-Costa Times' Marcus Thompson.
Riley said the Warriors havent contacted anyone yet and dont have a timetable for hiring a new coach, though he said it wouldnt hurt to have one by the NBA draft, which is June 23.

He declined to reveal whom the Warriors have on their shortlist, but multiple sources -- from the team and in NBA circles -- said they believe former Cleveland coach Mike Brown and assistant coaches Dwane Casey of Dallas, Mike Budenholzer of San Antonio and Lawrence Frank of Boston are on that list. Casey and Frank are also former NBA head coaches.

One team source said the Warriors have an eye on former Utah coach Jerry Sloan. But thats considered a long shot, as the legendary coach isnt expected to come out of retirement for a rebuilding franchise.
via Head coach Keith Smart is one and done with Golden State Warriors - ContraCostaTimes.com.

Those are all pretty standard choices, and the move towards a more grounded, defensive-centric coach is evident. Frank was brought in to replace Tom Thibodeau in Boston, Brown is known most notably for his defensive work. Perhaps most interesting, though, is this snippet from Kawakami later: 

Riley suggested that a new coach will have only minimal input over player personnel. He will be expected to significantly improve the defense and get into the 2012 playoffs.

 Riley has been the one splitting responsibilities with Don Nelson, and handed a new contract to David Lee. So for this to be a move towards more autonomy in decision making smells like a power grab in a vaccuum. Furthermore, how does that mesh with the pursuit of veteran coaches, most of whom are going to want significant influence over personnel? You can't hire a defensive coach, give him a bunch of defensive-liability offense-centric players and say "Go get 'em!" There's got to be some level of balance going forward. 
Posted on: March 11, 2011 4:47 pm
 

Mike Brown, Dwane Casey contenders for Indy job?

Posted by Royce Young

For a time, it sounded like the Pacers weren't going to fire coach Jim O'Brien because they didn't feel there was a suitable interim replacement on the bench. Then they fired O'Brien anyway and promoted Frank Vogel, one of the league's youngest assistants , to the head spot.

Then, after Indiana started hot under Vogel and climbed its way back into the Eastern Conference playoff picture, it looked like Vogel might have a shot to have that interim tag removed. His Pacers were running with confidence, playing well, developing and most importantly, winning.

That fun appears to be coming to an end though. Indiana has lost five straight with punctuation coming from a 26-point loss at the hands of the Timberwolves. Vogel, who many didn't think was ready to handle an NBA roster, might be showing his inexperience. The team is down and he doesn't appear to know how to get them back.

So the Pacers are still looking at head coaching options with ESPN.com reporting that former Cavalier coach Mike Brown is the leading candidate along with current Laker assistant and Pacer legend Chuck Person and Dallas Maverick assistant Dwane Casey.

Casey is the interesting one of the bunch as he's seen his name come up a lot over the years. Before there was Tom Thibodeau, it was Casey who was the hot assistant. He had a short stint commanding the sideline in Minnesota, but was dismissed halfway through the 2006-07 season. He had interviews and discussions with Philadelphia, Chicago and Atlanta, but hasn't landing that next job.

The Pacer job is an interesting one because whoever takes control there, has to battle the fact the roster probably isn't set up to win. There's some talented scattered throughout, but it's still in need of key, complementary pieces. Sometimes coaching isn't the answer.
Posted on: February 2, 2011 5:05 pm
Edited on: February 5, 2011 12:31 pm
 

NBA rumor updates: Carmelo, Warkentien, Lakers

CBSSports.com's Ken Berger provides the latest updates on Carmelo Anthony trade rumors, whether the Los Angeles Lakers will make a move, why the New York Knicks hired former Denver Nuggets executive Mark Warkentien and who is in the mix to be the next head coach of the Indiana Pacers. Posted by Ben Golliver.

In a pair of CBSSports.com videos this week, NBA writer Ken Berger broke down the latest on some of the major trade rumors and personnel changes around the NBA with host Lauren Shehadi. 

Always first on the docket: Denver Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony, who now has just three weeks to be moved prior to the trade deadline. "Sources are telling me that there is some indecision within the Knicks organization, some disagreement, even, as to how hard they should push for a trade bringing Carmelo to New York," Berger reports. "Those against the move view Anthony strictly as a scorer and the Knicks have plenty of scoring. They think he would be a good option as a free agent but not if major assets have to be given up in a trade when the team has so many other pressing needs."

Speaking of the Knicks, Berger investigates why the team hired a former NBA GM with ties to Anthony as a consultant. "What exactly is the Knicks' motivation for hiring former Nuggets GM Mark Warkentien as a consultant? Sources that have known Warkentien and Knicks President Donnie Walsh for years say this is a Walsh-driven move and bodes well for his future with the organization. Walsh has a contract extension that he's discussing and an option that has to be picked up by April. Several rival executives, however, are telling me this looks more like an effort on the part of ownership to appease CAA, who represents both Warkentien and, guess who, Carmelo Anthony."

Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Lakers are in the midst of their yearly mid-season turmoil. Berger suggests that the Lakers pretty much have their hands tied when it comes to swinging a deal prior to the deadline. "The Lakers are not happy with how they are playing right now and would like to do a minor deal to kind of tweak things," Berger reports. "The problem they have: they are pretty much locked in with their core players, many of whom are over 30 and have money coming to them for several years down the road. They don't really have any attractive trade pieces that teams would be willing to give them a complementary player. Like, for example, the Wizard and Kirk Hinrich. The Lakers have long been high on Hinrich but they don't have anything the Wizards would want. A team like that would want expiring contracts and cost savings and the Lakers just don't have that. L.A. is going to have to figure this out from within. I just don't see anything more than a minor deal presenting itself between now and the deadline."

You can watch the video below.



In this week's NBA Drive, Berger also laid out the latest on the Indiana Pacers, who fired coach Jim O'Brien last week and could be in for a management shuffle this summer, as all their key pieces have contracts that expire at the end of this season. "Owner Herb Simon came out this week and backed Larry Bird, said he wants him back next season," Berger said. "So that should be a strong indication that Larry and general manager David Morway will be back. Their contracts are both up. With the vote of confidence from Herb Simon, who, by all indications, is happy with the direction if not the results. I think as long as Larry wants to be back, he will be."

Berger continued, saying the Pacers will also be re-assessing their coaching position this off-season. "The first order of business will be hiring a new coach, who may very well be interim coach Frank Vogel. There's some other interesting names on the Pacers list though. Former Cavs coach Mike Brown, former Pacer Mark Jackson, and Jazz assistant Tyrone Corbin. Those three names are going to be in the mix, as well as a darkhorse, Hawks assistant Lester Conner, a little-known name around the league, but he was on the Pacers bench last season, and I think he's going to get some consideration."

You can watch this week's edition of NBA Drive with Lauren Shehadi, featuring a guest appearance from NBA Blogger Matt Moore, below.

Posted on: December 22, 2010 4:52 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:46 pm
 

Who will Michael Jordan pick to replace Brown?

Charlotte Bobcats head coach Larry Brown has resigned and his staff has reportedly been fired. Bobcats owner Michael Jordan is reportedly set topaul-silasname Brown's replacement on Thursday. Who will it be? Posted by Ben Golliver

Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan is obviously frustrated with the direction of his team, which is currently in fourth place in the Southeast Division with a record of 9-19. Jordan has been shopping his two co-captains, Gerald Wallace and Stephen Jackson, and earlier today we noted that Bobcats head coach Larry Brown resigned, and his entire coacing staff is reportedly departing along with him. So who will Jordan tab as Brown's replacement? Here's a look at seven possibilities, some more serious candidates than others. Paul Silas: Both Yahoo! Sports and CBSSports.com's Ken Berger report that Silas is the early favorite to take the job, and he's an NBA lifer. Silas was LeBron James's first coach in Cleveland, and was also the head coach of the New Orleans Hornets.  Back in April 2008, before Brown was hired, Silas called the Bobcats head coaching position a "dream job." According to the report, he lives in North Carolina. His career coaching record is 355-400. Mike Woodson: Again, according to CBSSports.com and Yahoo!, Woodson is another strong possibility. He coached the Hawks from 2004-2010, before departing after a disappointing playoff exit last Spring. Under his guidance, the Hawks made the playoffs each of the last three seasons. His career coaching record is 206-286. Darrell Walker: The former head coach of the Toronto Raptors and Washington Wizards, Berger reports that Walker is close to Jordan. His career record as a head coach is 56-113, and he is currently an assistant coach with the Detroit Pistons. Walker played in the NBA for 11 seasons, and was briefly a teammate of Jordan's in 1992-1993 with the Chicago Bulls. Patrick Ewing: A rival of Jordan's both in college, at Georgetown and in the pros, as a Hall of Fame center for the New York Knicks, Ewing brings no head coaching experience to the table. However, he's served as an assistant coach with the Orlando Magic for a number of seasons. His hiring would be quite surprising, however Jordan is known to surround himself with people he trusts, and his relationship with Ewing spans three decades. Yahoo! lists Ewing as "under consideration," while Berger says he is "in the mix." Jeff Van Gundy: Ewing's former coach, who also coached the Houston Rockets, is a regular in NBA coaching carousel chatter. Currently an analyst for ESPN. He's the brother of Orlando Magic coach Stan Van Gundy, and boasts a career record of 430-318. He's been rumored to be linked to jobs in the past, and was even rumored to be a potential replacement for Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra if their season continued to go poorly, but he hasn't coached in the NBA since 2006-2007. Mark Jackson: Another former Jordan rival on the court, Jackson is widely considered the best former player who has yet to be given an NBA head coaching job. A point guard for multiple teams, including the New York Knicks and Indiana Pacers, Jackson is No. 3 on the NBA's all time assists leaderboard, trailing only John Stockton and Jason Kidd. Jackson is Van Gundy's broadcasting partner on ESPN and is known for coining really annoying phrases such as, "Mama, there goes that man!" and "Hand down, man down!" He's also been linked to multiple jobs, but has never taken the bait. Mike Brown: The former coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers was let go earlier this summer when Cavs owner Dan Gilbert was trying to do everything possible to retain free agent forward LeBron James. He might be the most talented coach available, but is known for his slow-down style on offense. His career record is 272-138, and he won 50 or more games in four out of his five seasons in Cleveland, including 60+ wins twice. Berger says Brown is not under consideration. Who do you think should be the next coach of the Bobcats? Weigh in on Facebook right now.
Posted on: December 22, 2010 4:51 pm
Edited on: December 22, 2010 4:52 pm
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