Wednesday, June 1st, 2011 at 9:05 am  |  18 responses

Mike Brown: Kobe Bryant ‘On Board’ With New Vision

Mike Brown impressed the LA media during his introductory press conference, and according to the Lakers’ new head coach, Kobe Bryant — despite what was perceived as some initial skepticism — likes what he’s hearing from the new bench boss. From the OC Register: “The Lakers’ newest coach stood his ground about what he will do amid the championship expectations, expressed certainty that Kobe Bryant is ‘on board’ and answered doubts about his offensive creativity with confidence that a San Antonio Spurs-style offense that meshed Tim Duncan and David Robinson together would work wonders for Lakers twin towers Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum. ‘I’ll define a culture, I’ll define roles, and I’ll hold people accountable,’ Brown said Tuesday. ‘The makeup of the culture will be one of trust, communication, defense, a no-excuses mentality, a family environment and a determined work ethic.’ … Brown insisted he and James always got along well despite reports to the contrary and talked about how the Lakers’ ‘family’ atmosphere already has begun through his long phone conversation with Bryant’s wife, Vanessa, and talks with other players such as Pau Gasol, Derek Fisher and Ron Artest. Brown said he has had a lot of interaction with Bryant, speaking ‘by a phone a few times (and meeting) in person at length.’ Brown said Bryant will remain the focal point of the team — ‘This is still his team; Kobe is Kobe’ — and will get the ball in his favorite spots despite the departure of Jackson’s triangle offense that has served Bryant so well. Brown said the Spurs’ post-oriented offense that won him his lone NBA championship ring as Gregg Popovich’s assistant in 2003 will be the template for these Lakers. Brown said his philosophy is to tailor the offensive scheme to the personnel — but ‘you can take your defense from team to team as long as you have effort.’ Brown referred to the statistic that the winner of the Dallas-Miami NBA Finals will be the 15th champion in the past 16 years to have a defense ranked in the league’s top eight. ‘That’s something we’ll preach from Day One,’ he said about the Lakers needing outstanding defense.”

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  • http://fkjslf.com Jukai

    “Cause he sort of has no other choice” Brown did not necessarily add.

  • bull22

    you got to give mike brown credit, with all the crap he had to put up with in cleveland and then gets the lakers job shows how his coaching abilities have merit to them. basketball wise he inherited a jaguar, one that has at least 3 years left as a title contender….

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    Uhm, why is Mike Brown talking on the phone with Vanessa Bryant? Anyone?…

  • Eddie1

    He’s pleading with her to stop talking ish to Pau Gasol’s girl. FAMILY.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Vanessa Bryant will be the new 2K version of the Hamburglar, prowling the sidelines next to the Grimace.

  • http://www.hoopsvibe.com/features/overdribbling chiqo

    @bryan: maybe he’s hunting little mexican girls? or maybe he thought she was one of the fry kids and was looking to reminisce about the old days in mcdonald land.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Max

    I think we should say this with every somment that has something to do with Mike Brown.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Max


  • http://www.gil1906.com Pve84

    Yeah, mentioning “the long phone conversation with Bryant’s wife” in the same breath as the Laker starters was a bit weird. Hopefully there was a lot of context left out of this article.

  • robb

    “a San Antonio Spurs-style offense that meshed Tim Duncan and David Robinson together would work wonders for Lakers” That kind of offense was a 1-2 punch, in LA Kobe’s the No.1 scoring option, so things won’t change that much as he says.

  • robb

    *as much as he says

  • IndyB

    Sounds like Kobe is going to be Option no.3.


    This is still Kobe’s team yet the Mike Brown Lakers are going to run the offense through Gasol and Bynum, which is to somehow mimic the Spurs offense when Duncan played with Robinson. Basically Kobe is on board with chucking a lot if the Lakers fall behind running the offense through their “towers” in the post. *chuckle/rolls eyes*

  • riggs

    lazik wouldnt even help this vision out.

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

    Destined to fail.

  • bike

    Mike Brown is pleading with Vanessa to convince Kobe to wear a headband. The offense that Brown is proposing is called the matrix which involves all 5 players running an infinite series of gelatinous-style patterns where there are no round edges.

  • http://slamonline.com Yknot

    Bynum and Gasol are no Duncan and Robinson.


    Word. Bynum is like a skinnier Edd Curry.