Wednesday, May 25th, 2011 at 6:02 pm  |  32 responses

LeBron: “Lakers Got Them A Great Coach”

Today the Lakers announced the hiring of Mike Brown as their head coach. When asked about the fit, LeBron James had kind words of endorsement for his former coach. From NBA.com: “‘If it’s true, when it’s official,’ James said, ‘I think the Lakers got them a great coach.’ James and Brown were together for five years in Cleveland, in which they averaged 54 wins. In each of their last two seasons, they finished with the best record in the league. Even if you have the best player in the world on the floor, you don’t win 60-plus games two years in a row if you don’t have a very competent coach. Brown’s strength was the defensive end of the floor. The Cavs ranked in the top seven defensively in three of his five seasons on the bench. And almost always, they were even better defensively in the postseason. ‘Mike Brown was a great coach,’ James said. ‘He gave us success that we hadn’t had before in that city. And it started with his defensive concepts. He brought in a defensive mind set that we didn’t have.’ ’We were competitive year after year because of his coaching. So I respect him and I’m grateful to have had him as a coach throughout the years that I had him. He definitely helped me become who I am today.’ In the end, Brown and James couldn’t bring a title to Cleveland. Where the blame lies for that is in the eye of the beholder. But there’s no denying that Brown can help the Lakers’ defense, which ranked sixth in the league this season, but couldn’t slow down the Mavs in the conference semifinals. ’He coaches as if he was on the court and he wanted to play,’ James said of Brown. ‘He loved helping us get better every single day. We never wasted an opportunity to get better. It showed. Ultimately, we didn’t win a championship, which we wanted to do in Cleveland. I know he wanted it bad. I wanted it. We didn’t win, but we got better every single day and we brought the fans of Cleveland what they hadn’t seen before.’”

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  • runNgun

    Don’t believe a word out of James’s mouth… if it were true, Brown wouldn’t have been fired. LBJ never had his back.

  • tomtom

    Disagree ^^^^ i think he is being genuine. Even when he had his beef with Gilbert he didn’t have a bad word to say about Brown.

  • jimmythesaint67

    “He definitely helped me become who I am today” .. well that worked out well for CLE
    I’m truly sorry for Lakers Loss(es) (smile)
    CHI deserve one more great Team W .. GO BULLS

  • baykusreyiz

    salak yemin ederim gerizekalı bu çocuk

  • monkeyball

    Terrible choice by the Lakers. I just don’t get these pro team hiring coaches who have failed in the past. What has Mike Brown done to make anyone believe he can right the Lake ship?

  • KwamePooh

    @monkeyball didnt you read the article…

  • http://www.slamonline.com House

    Well isn’t any coach that replaces Phil doomed to fail from the outset? Its a huge void to fill.

  • http://fivemag.de Speedy

    So then monkeyball.
    Now it’s on you to say who the lakers should hire and why he is so much better.

  • http://www.egay.com eGirl

    hahaha more rings for my Heatles!! <3

  • Kevin K

    Genuine and Lebron James doesn’t match.

  • http://joeloholic.wordpress.com Joel O’s

    Well. Mike Brown reached the Finals with Lebron and a bunch of nobodies. That’s not too bad. Give the guy a chance. It’s not like Doc Rivers had a FANTASTIC resume before he won that chip with Boston. Rivers’ greatest pre-championship achievement was guiding that scrappy Orlando team to the playoffs.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rf-5Ky2t48Q IAMORANGE4EVER

    Bron Bron’s nose is growing.

  • robb

    Wow Lebron is smart enough to be sarcastic. What a nice surprise.

  • poto oliveros

    “lets give mike brown a chance…he will be sorounded by a caliber players in LA with a great leader(kobe)this time….i smell championship for him this upcoming season…lets go LAKERS”

  • don

    will the same laker fans who said brown can’t coach preschoolers and relied on LBJ’s one on one skills, be the same ones who’ll say that brown can coach the lakers?

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  • ripslam

    Jesus, can this guy take the time to speak some passable English?

  • http://dsjkflf.com Jukai

    House: Maybe yer right. Instead of hiring a good coach to try and fill the shoes of a legend, they got some dunce who is bound to fail. That will mean the coach in 2013 will have an easier time trying to right the ship. I get it. It’s all going according to plan. Get ready to see more of Mike Brown’s wide-open mouth than his dentist, LA!

  • Devin

    Maybe Coach Brown will get the ring before Lebron lol … hopefully…

  • Yesse

    Mike is a great coach, but he’s not necessarily the perfect fit for Lakers.

  • SikhWitIt

    Brian Shaw got robbed. This is a joke.

  • http://dude Chukaz

    After those words came out of lebron’s mouth, somebody told him they got mike brown and he just smiled and said “nice” knowing that the lake show will become a freak show. This is a joke. I wanted Byron Scott or rick adelman.

  • dsleepy

    if lebron really recognized mike brown as a “great” coach, he would not have left Cleveland. Brown essentially let LBJ do whatever he wanted to do and then backed him up for doing it. I guess that’s what Lebron constitutes as being “great,” just letting him have free rein 100% of the time and kissing his butt 24/7. With the talent they had and with the best player on the planet, the Cavs should have made the finals more than just that one time (which was a fluke). The fact that they didn’t and had no semblance of an offensive scheme kind of indicates that brown was in fact NOT a “great” coach.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Max

    Big fat lie!

  • http://bedotwater.bandcamp.com BE.water

    how come nobody is going in on Lebrons grammar??

  • bike

    LeBron to Mike Brown: ‘Brownie, you did a heck of a job’.

  • Mitch

    Lebron should have gone to college. maybe then he could form a literate English sentence.

  • brando

    Yea, that, or you could punctuate your sentences correctly.

  • huh

    Like really.. what does mike brown do.. watching a cleveland game back then was like watching the colts game… coachs doing nothing and just letting peyton/lebron run everything

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    I miss Phil already.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    I betcha Lebron didn’t even say that with a straight face; it’s not like he has great acting skills in the first place

  • Jay P

    Y’all got to be some of the lamest commenters ever. Y’all gettin way away from the point, talking about Lebron and others’ english. For what reason?? Y’all know what he’s saying. Golly!!