Wednesday, May 25th, 2011 at 3:36 pm  |  62 responses

Mike Brown Officially the New Lakers Coach

by Eldon Khorshidi

It’s kind of bizarre how things have played out in LA. The two-time defending champs and Western Conference favorites got swept in the second round, leading to Phil Jackson’s ‘final’ departure. In Jackson’s shadow was Brian Shaw, who had the support of both the locker room and the general public, and who many expected to take over at the helm. But a surprising final verdict has emerged: the Lakers have hired Mike Brown, formerly of the Cleveland Cavaliers. According to ESPN Los Angeles, the deal is done:

“Mike Brown is the new coach of the Los Angeles Lakers. Brown and the Lakers agreed in principle Wednesday to a four-year, $18.25 million deal, according to league sources. The Lakers will announce Brown as the 22nd coach in franchise history Wednesday afternoon. Brown, who is currently in Cleveland, will sign the contract later this week. The development is a victorious comeback for Brown, who was fired by the Cleveland Cavaliers almost a year ago to the day. Now, the 41-year-old Brown, the winningest coach in Cavaliers history, is leading one of the most prestigious and successful franchise in modern basketball history. The contract is a three-year deal with a team option for a fourth year. If the Lakers don’t pick up the option, Brown is guaranteed to receive $2.5 million. Brown’s union with the Lakers came together quickly. An ESPN analyst and the 2008-09 NBA coach of the year, he emerged as the leading candidate for the vacancy created when Phil Jackson retired after a strong face-to-face interview Saturday with Lakers brass including executive vice president of player personnel Jim Buss, ESPN The Magazine’s Ric Bucher reported.”

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  • Sparker


  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/other-ballers/international/2010/03/flight-75-dc-to-moscow/ Mitya

    It’s on now!

  • karma


  • Zack

    Lakers suck. No really, this makes it official.

  • runNgun

    Mike Brown? WTF? Good bye Triangle Offense.

  • http://www.michaelcho.com M Cho

    I’m still scratching my head over this one. I honestly don’t know why Lakers would hire him. There’s enough egos and personalities in Lakerland to overwhelm a coach without some serious clout. Guess it’s gonna be a lot of Kobe Iso plays from now on huh?

  • Overtime

    It is hard pressed to think of a worse choice.
    Can anyone give a reason why? Literally.
    Why not Shaw? Why not Adelman? Why not a guy who had an extended conversation with Gregg Popovich in 2006? Whyyyy?

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    this was just such a stupid decision. if your best player doesn’t support the decision then you shouldn’t do it. — also Mike Brown couldn’t coach offense against a HS girls freshman team.

  • Josh

    Was really pulling for B. Shaw. This is disapointing. Hopefully some Assistants stick around to help him out with some offensive sets.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    This and the Heat on the verge of reaching the Finals makes this one of the best basketball weeks ever.

  • bull22

    congrats to mike brown, this goes to show that he did enough with cleveland to get this chance.. iam not a lakers fan but thrilled to see an african-american coach get a chance to lead this franchise.. great wishes mike!

  • TJ

    ok i might get aot of hate for saying this but………i kinda wanted mark jackson to try and coach the lakers becuz i feel like he’s very basketbal smart and he could really motivate this team………even if he doesn’t have exprience as a coach,……how much coaching skills do u really need to know when to call time out and sub players in with a veteran team whos been there, done that???..i feel the lakers lack motivation at time..and i feel mark jackson can light a fire in their ass when needed….just my 2 cents guys!

  • lebronsays

    No one is better at shutting me down than Mike Brown.

  • Riggs


  • JTaylor21



    hopefully he will know how 2 use defensive schemes and not leave knockdown shooters like peja and terry open like that zenmaster has been did against the mavs…im still pissed about that coaching performance phil!

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    bull22 is still here, not in the capacity he said he’d be, but he’s still here.

  • danny borboa

    WHAAAAAAT????? this guy is a loser and he is not worthy to coch our beloved Lakers!!!! WTF!!


    I second eboy for that. This was just an amazing week for basketball junkies. I don’t know what’s wrong with Lakers fans but Mike Brown is an amazing defensive coach. and I think he will do a good job with the Lakers. Let’s be honest, L.A. is fine offensively as long Kobe is there with Odom and Gasol. The problem was their atrocious D.

  • dahon

    they are just waiting the expiration contracts so they can rebuild after 3 or 4 years….who;s gonna take kobe;s #30M contract?

  • http://www.bulls.com Rigo Gonzalez

    I mean…wow.
    Really tho?

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9uk3FWToczA EJ


  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    This won’t be too bad if they keep Brian Shaw.

  • Jer dawg

    I’m not convinced Brown is right coach for this job. I am convinced though he will be calm and cool during his time here. Lakers wanted to be cheap as far as I’m concerned. Whatever he coaches the Lakers to it’s going to be an unfair deal. What i mean is, if he overachieves, he not getting what he’s worth. If he underachieves Lakers will look stupid and overspend again on quality.
    Not saying Dunleavy was right, but I though a proven veteran coach would be better.

  • http://dsjkflf.com Jukai

    I don’t know what’s funnier, the actual news or the two or so people who are actually claiming Brown is a halfway decent coach.

  • Brad Long


  • Brad Long

    No seriously, WTF?

  • feez22

    the 2 teams i despise the most are out of the playoffs, westbrook is about to get traded after this yr and mike brown goes to LA to implement his lebroffense? The basketball gods have spoken. lakers, welcome to 4 yrs of irrelevance.

  • Donttrust Sony

    Wow, this will work out well for me. I hate the Lakers, so down, down they go!

  • tomtom

    Guess i cant cry about this forever. Atleast we will be playing some D in 2012.

  • Donttrust Sony

    Wow. People can make racist statements on here, but don’t call them out because the almighty and misguided moderators will alter your post as they see fit.

    At least man-up, and send an email explaining why you choose to post some of a reply and not all of it you cowards!

  • Donttrust Sony

    bull22 makes statements based upon the color of someone’s skin. You know what they call that?

  • Cool Dude

    Oh ffs no.

  • ClydeSays

    If Brown couldn’t handle LBJ, how is he going to coach Kobe?

  • Warrior

    cant wait to see what kind of D Mike Brown will implement against his favorite player bronbron

  • http://slamonline.com Tae

    Being a die hard Lakers fan, i have to accept it. But does this mean no more triangle??? Cus if Brown doesnt know it, its too complex to cram it in his head over tha summer and if they try to do that, theres a chance he could fail which means we fail. So does tha triangle stay or wat?

  • http://slamonline.com Tae

    Where u at Black? I know u got tha news

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    How does this happen?

  • baykusreyiz

    lmao. la is done for good

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Apparently it’s Jim Buss’ son, he made the decision and was “very impressed” with Mike Brown’s interview smh (how bout his BODY OF WORK!)

  • http://www.dimemag.com Royal

    OK…..Hopefully he proves me and pretty much everyone wrong

  • 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.slamonline.com Waylonakolipse

    Now the GSW can sign Brian Shaw.

  • LeBron de Con

    Mike Brown rids himself of my jock strap around his nose so he can wear Kobe’s.

  • robb

    It’s not gonna work. Plain and simple.

  • hoodsnake

    He will be fired before the allstar game (if there is an allstar game)

  • gregor

    OH GOD NO D:

  • Holiday

    The Lakers coaching position is a dead end right now and will be for a couple years, there old and on the decline plus the drama will ensue! The league won’t let there flagship team stay down long, and they won’t be terrible but Kobe won’t be around a whole lot longer and they’ve turned on Gasol, Fisher is at the end of the line. Odom is aging, Artest is past his prime… he (Mike Brown) should have lobbied for the Knicks job, ya know forced out D’Antoni!

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    This will have repercussions similar to the Terry Porter hiring in Phoenix… Give it 1 month of ho-hum basketball in LA, where the Clippers will start the season with a better record than their older brother and Mike Brown will have to make sure he doesn’t let the door hit his shiny backside on th way out.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    Of course it makes sense. This is the kind of coach you hire when your not actually going to playing games [lockout].

  • http://dsjkflf.com Jukai

    I’m totally willing to give him a shot. I’m just sure he’s going to fail.

  • O

    I mean, he’s good on defense, and i’m sure part of the deal was to incorporate Jackson’s offensive schemes into this. If not, then it’s a wrap. I was kind of hoping the Knicks would hire him as a defensive coordinator.

  • http://slamonline.com Krishan

    One season, tops.

  • Harlem_World

    LMAO…Magic is going to slaughter this guy as soon as the losing kicks in. Watch and see.

  • Benn0

    By the way, who gives one if he’s an african american coach. the only time it matters what race you are, is when you want to become president :)

  • Thor


  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    WTF?!?! Dude, this is the first time I’ve checked any news (basketball related or other) since being on vacation and this is the first thing I see? What the hell is happening? My mind just exploded trying to think of legitimate explanations as to why this is a remoteley acceptable decision…

  • Yesse

    I hope Mike can prove me wrong, because i see nothing but negative things over this trade. I was expecting Brian Shaw.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    It’s hard for anyone to follow Jackson. Who would you have hired instead?

  • Riggs

    @yesse: what trade?

  • http://slamonline.com biged

    They better not loose any games next season or the fans in the crowd gonna start throwing stuff like they did in that game versus Cleveland… As a Lakers fan I understand the hate, But it wont be ALL that bad. Shaw can coach the offense and Brown can coach the defense. :/ We gotta think positive cause we can still win a ‘ship or two before Kobe retire.

    Lakers for Life

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

    Man, this article almost makes me wanna throw up