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Wednesday, May 25th, 2011 at 9:00 am  |  75 responses

Reports: Lakers to Hire Mike Brown as Head Coach


by Marcel Mutoni@marcel_mutoni

Los Angeles Lakers owner Jerry Buss informed the world yesterday that he was “very close” to finding Phil Jackson’s replacement on the sideline, a man who will command a salary nowhere near what Phil was making.

Late last night, the shocker was who might actually be coaching the Lakers next season.

According to multiple published reports, the Mike Brown Era is on the verge of kicking off in Los Angeles.

From CSN Bay Area and Yahoo! Sports:

Mike Brown will not be the next head coach of the Golden State Warriors. Instead, Brown, the former coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers, will be named the new coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, according to two league sources. Brown was considered a frontrunner for the Warriors’ job, but is expected to sign a four-year, $18 million contract with L.A. — succeeding Phil Jackson as coach.

Los Angeles had considered longtime assistant Brian Shaw, but the focus is now on Brown, who is currently an NBA analyst for ESPN. There could be an agreement in place within the next 24-48 hours, sources say, but nothing has been finalized. Brown expects to reach a resolution one way or another with Los Angeles on Wednesday. The two sides are working out issues that could be dealbreakers and cause the Lakers to go to another candidate, sources said, but there’s clearly momentum toward Brown becoming the next head coach.

Known for his defensive approach (a major concern for the Lakers), the 41-year old Mike Brown is a head coach with a proven and impressive NBA track record — he won 272 out of 410 games in Cleveland coaching LeBron James.

Laker fans are understandably worried about his perceived lack of creativity on the offensive end of the floor, and questions regarding his ability to handle superstar talent and ego.

A resolution of some kind is expected today, and should Mike Brown not get hired, Rick Adelman and Brian Shawn are still considered to be strong candidates for the gig.

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  • Riggs

    aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahahahahahahaha it is truly the END.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Kobe WILL NOT finish his career in a Laker uniform. No fu*king way.

  • tomtom

    WHAT!!!????? omg this is horrific. I ACUTALLY feel like crying. There is a really good crop of coaching talent out there and we go for a guy who had arguably the best player in the league and a strong supporting cast in a WEAK-AS S east for numerous years and has absolutely NOTHING to show for it!???? Wow what the hell is Kupcake thinking????

  • Mansonovic

    Kobe will LOVE this. Knowing that Brown is constantly going to put the ball in his hands? Sounds like a dream situation for him…

  • Jer dawg

    I hope Mike Brown is right choice. Owner’s son is a jack**s who think he knows basketball. Rudy T and drafted Bynum. Mitch Kupchak has to work with that clown. The new Laker regime is going to stink if this hire doesn’t work out. I need to witness Kobe get to 7 Championships so critics can Stfu about him not Jordan’s equal. That 7th and 2 more Finals MVPs will at least salvage what awards Kobe never received due to NBA politics and critics bullshit. That said, Los Angeles’ support YOU coach Mike Brown.

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    This is going five awful. That said, I wonder how Kobe will like the purely Iso offense. I’d be surprised if the Lakers get to 50 wins next year.

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    This is going to be awful. That said, I wonder how Kobe will like the purely Iso offense. I’d be surprised if the Lakers get to 50 wins next year.

  • barnabusb

    Haha! Kobe gets LeBron’s sloppy seconds.

  • BBallRehab

    Ahahahahah, is he gonna call LeBron during time-outs to know which play to run?

  • ClydeSays

    First press conference after Kobe puts up 60 points and the Lakers lose the game. “So Coach Brown, was that how you drew it up?”

    Brown: /smiles, nervous laughter “Um….” /shows teeth… “Hahaha. Um…. no.”

    Brown is like alot of other coaches in the League. He’s best suited for young teams. There are only a handful of coaches that can handle veteran rosters (Pop, Jackson, Rivers, SVG, Carlisle now I guess…).

  • http://twitter.com/hurstysyd Hursty

    bahahaha!

  • Pete

    brian shawn would be the better choice…

  • Brent

    Nooooooooooooo

  • http://www.slamonline.com Nick Tha Quick

    ^^^ @ Clyde I thought I was the only one who noticed Mike Brown’s TEETH. Don’t know why he loves to do that!

  • MikeC.

    @Pete – the guy that pumps your gas would be a better choice. I’m so glad I’m not a Laker fan. I’m also very glad that Brown’s proposed contract runs longer than the time it’ll take NY to fire D’Antoni, so NY won’t end up with Brown.

  • BYEBYE

    How the hell a transcending franchise like the lakers would hire a defensive minded coach who never ever likes his team to run coach them unless hes done slot of changing Kobe won’t like this lol gasol will and Bynum will

  • http://slamonline.com Chris O’Leary

    *Grimace*

  • Red Star

    Kobe will not be impressed!!!

  • Riggs

    Mike Brown signs contract with McDonalds to become the new grimace.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    Mike Brown is going to LOVE coaching a real closer for the first time in his head coaching career. *snickers*

  • neaorin

    Byron Scott hates Mike Brown’s guts right now.

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    No B.Shaw?

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    and LOL @ riggs.

  • http://www.dimemag.com Royal

    OK…………..

  • http://slamonline.com AlbertBarr

    #worsethanasweep

  • Jacqueline Mitchell

    I don’t think that this move will work in the Lakers favor.They need to do some more searchin’.

  • Dre Baller

    why is it so hard to just make Brian Shaw the head coach?

  • http://pickandroll.tumblr.com/ airs

    GTFOH

  • http://www.nba.com/celtics lights out

    i still think mike brown catches too much flack. he’s a great defensive coach whose offense was better than people remember. to me, his real weakness is in game adjustments, but who knows, maybe he’s gotten better with experience. let’s also not forget that this lakers roster is far more talented than the cavs teams he coached.

  • MikeC.

    @neaorin – I just picture Byron Scott sitting alone in his office, staring at his Cavaliers contract and wondering aloud if coaches can be traded.

  • Jono

    Wots today’s date, April 1st?

  • Joe

    @MikeC– you forgot to add….”With his arms crossed”

  • http://slamonline.com 1982

    I think there was a typo. It should’ve said “Lebron won 272 out of 410 games while being coached by Brown.” Pretty impressive, nonetheless, not only does Bron improve the play of his teammates, he earns better jobs for his ex-coaches as well.

  • http://dsjkflf.com Jukai

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAA

  • Eddie1

    Did y’all remember what I posted 2 years ago (or in your timezone 2 weeks ago)? I told you the lakers are just destined to fail now that they’ve angered the you-know-who.

  • cru_thik305

    so wait, let me see if i understand this. you guys are critizing brown even though he coached one of the best defensive teams in the league to the best record in back to back years. and instead of hiring an experienced coach that will improve the lakers defense, (so that guys like JJ Barea and Peja Stojakovic wont light them up like they did in the playoffs),you think a rookie head coach would be the better choice? good call

    @tomtom: stfu

  • AD

    cosign … dese lakers fan are stupid…… dey are just like knick fans………. Mike Brown will bring his defensive mentality unlike shaw, all he did was sit there ant talk to kobe

  • http://dsjkflf.com Jukai

    I’ve thought long and hard about this…. this is a present to Kobe. Now he can jack up all the shots he wants and win that all-time scoring title. He has enough rings, time to aim for something else.

  • http://dsjkflf.com Jukai

    I mean, does anyone here believe Mike Brown even knows what the triangle offense is? This is too funny.

  • http://slamonline Brion

    Adelman would coach circles around this guy.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Max

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

  • cru_thik305

    @Jukai- defense wins championships, not the triangle offense

  • http://www.slamonline.com Max

    Anyone else noticed the Lakers can’t win without Mbenga? He has that dj-factor that get’s u wins…

  • http://Philosophervision@blogspot.com The Philosopher

    Kobe Bryant gets The King’s leftovers. lol
    LONG… LIVE… THE KING!

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Hilarity.

  • robb

    What??? OK I get it, Kobe doesn’t want to be coached anymore, so they’ll get the ultimate “do whatever you want” coach. Unfortunately Kobe’s game is not a team oriented game unlike Lebron who dished tons of assists and kept his teammates involved. If they hire this man, the Lakers championship aspirations and Kobe’s career are over. Worst news of the day for us Lakers fans.

  • http://www.kangarew.com Jeremy Page

    I just heard that Luke Walton is going to sign a deal to take over as coach.

    “Unbeleeeeeeeeevable”, his father, Bill, was quoted saying.

  • RobbieJay

    shoulda jus gave it to kobe himself

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    If Mike Brown wins the title next year wat does that do to Phil Jackson’s legacy? Nothing? — And going from the best offensive head coach in a long time to the worst is befuddling.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    lol. you said befuddling. Well I personally can’t even take this serious. I think its a ploy. But if not i still predict a championship either way so dammit Brown, meow mix meow mix please deliver!

  • L

    The guy is gonna get back to his espn booth as soon as the lakers lose 4 games in a row..L

  • Josh

    Please god, no. No. This cannot be happening.

  • runNgun

    One name: Mike D’Antoni… Make it happen, Buss!

  • http://slamonline.com BigBlockMopar+Basketball

    STUPID STUPID STUPID STUPID STUPID. . . . .

  • JL

    hope this works out. i wish they had taken JVG instead if he was available though.

  • http://slamonline.com biged

    “cru_thik305 Posted: May.25 at 11:40 am
    @Jukai- defense wins championships, not the triangle offense”……..

    tell that to Phil Jackson and eleven rings

  • http://slamonline.com biged

    Buss should listen to his fans if he doesnt want to loose all of them. Cause i dont think imma watch the lakers next year. imma just be a NBA fan instead of a Lakers fan.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Phil Jackson has won a title with a top 5 defensive team every year he’s won a title. Don’t get it twisted. And those chicago teams had the 2 best wing defenders, ever. And for the 2nd 3peat they also had the best defensive power forward the league had ever seen, to that point.

  • KOBESbestFRIEND

    y does every1 think this is a bad idea?he’s been COY,coached a mvp,and has the best win loss record out of the leading candidates…if u ask me its a no-brainer hire…dismantle that archaic triangle offense that ol’ phil forced upon us and let Kobe do work…WELCOME ABOARD MIKE!!!

  • Jeremy

    I wonder what Phil’s record was without a Kobe, or Jordan, or Pippen or the plethora of talent he has had at his disposal on ALL 11 of his championship teams.. does everyone really think Jax is that incredible? I think coaches like Lionel Hollins, that do more with way less… now those deserve some credit.

    Give Mike Brown a chance, the Cavs won ALOT of games.. yeah they had Lebron, but I think that the Lakers need a new voice anyways, and maybe this can be a good thing.

  • Sean B

    Jeremy can you name a coach who has won a championship, or multiple championships, without great players?

  • dnice

    jeremy i’ve always said the same thing. winning championships is and always will be about talent. that’s why mia going to the finals. not because of spoelstra but because of having 3 top 15 talents on their squad.

  • dnice

    @ sean b – larry brown.

  • Groves

    kobe wants to win at least one more championship before retirement

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

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

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

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

  • HAMMER

    A mediocre coach 4 a high profile team. But hey, im not complaining. As a Laker hater, fine w/me.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Phil Jackson won 11 titles in 20 years. That is incredible. Squeezing these 2 last titles out of LA is pretty impressive too, considering the ego’s and Kobe Bryant’s little tantrum in 07. Phil Jackson is the GOAT and him and Shaq are the reason so many people overrate Kobe all time.

  • tomtom

    CRU_THIK305 Tell me one thing i said that wasn’t correct. ?? I agree he is a good defensive coach and thats a nice attribute for an assistant coach. But a man who cammands respect and admiration from superstar players and a cast full of veteral ex-champs. Hell No. Ofcourse, if he takes us back to the promise land i will deny i ever said this.

  • HAMMER

    A mediocre coach @ the helm of a high profile team. But hey, i’m not complaining. As a Laker hater, fine by moi

  • http://slamonline.com 1982

    @Jeremy, it’s not just the fact that Phil won with high caliber players, it’s also the fact that those same high caliber players didn’t do ISH before he came along. He had a lot of talent, that’s true. But it wasn’t one way – the real question: What were their records BEFORE they got Jackson? The Bulls lost multiple times to the Pistons, and the Lakers got far every year, but always got swept in their exits. Jax won the first year he got to LA, and the next year with Chicago. Both were three-peats, by the way.

  • NJ4Life

    Larry Brown won a title with spare parts no one else wanted.

  • RedRum

    Big mistake. These “defensive expert” coaches cannot win a championship. Look what is happening to the Bulls and Thibs. In the playoffs, especially in the Conference Finals and Finals, you need offense. Each teams plays each other so many times that very few things can create surprises. The coach needs offensive creativity. Brown has shown none.

  • http://slamonline.com 1982

    There’s a huge difference between Ben Wallace, Rip Hamilton, Chauncy, and Prince in their primes (arguably), and spare parts that no one else wanted. Oh, and that one Rasheed fella, he was alright as well, if I’m not mistaken.

  • Zarfan

    @RedRum *cough* Spurs *cough*

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