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It’s official: Mike Brown is your new Lakers coach

May 25, 2011, 6:17 PM EDT

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UPDATE 6:19 pm: The Lakers have released an official statement on Mike Brown.

“In response to rampant speculation and reports about our head coaching position and Mike Brown, we’ve met with Mike and are very impressed with him. In addition, we have an outline for an agreement in place and hope to sign a contract within the next few days.”

It will get done. Mike Brown is the man.

3:32 pm: Well Lakers fans, you have a coach who spits in a cup on the sidelines. Congrats!

Mike Brown has reached a deal to become the next head coach of the Lakers, tweets Chris Broussard of ESPN. And he adds that Kobe Bryant, while he may have been surprised initially, is on board.

Deal is done. Mike Brown and Lakers agree to 4-year, $18.25 million deal. Team option for 4th year. Brown gets $2.5 mil if option not taken

Kobe on board with hiring of Brown, has great respect for him, according to sources. Lakers will announce Brown hiring this afternoon.

What else did you expect Kobe to say publicly? He wants to win, he has to back the coach. What really matters is how he buys in — and through words and actions gets the rest of the team to buy in — come training camp and next season.

Brown, the former Cavaliers coach for the last five years Mike Brown was there, steps in because he impressed Jim Buss (the son of owner Jerry Buss), the guy really making the calls now.

This is a radical change of style and a departure from what was, and what had worked for the Lakers, for years. That alone makes it a risky move, but moving away from the shadow of Jackson was something the Buss family wanted to do. (Well, except Jeanie.)

All Brown has to do is fill the shoes of Phil Jackson and appease a fan base that isn’t happy unless the Lakers win two NBA titles every season. Good luck with that. He comes in with the advantage of having coached in the media circus that followed LeBron James around, so he is used to coaching a team with distractions. And, Brown was an assistant with the Indiana Pacers when Ron Artest was there, so he already knows what he is getting into.

Brown led the Cavaliers to two 60-win seasons and the NBA finals one time. He is a defense-first coach and that is why this could work — where the Lakers collapsed in the playoffs was on the defensive end. Their rotations were almost non-existent and nobody “helped the helper.” The team just seemed lost on that end of the floor, and if Brown can bring a renewed committment on that end the Lakers will remain serious contenders.

But defense is not what concerns Lakers fans — it is Brown’s offense, which had the reputation of being LeBron-centric and boring. But what Brown did was play to the talent given him, which was not really a running group. And when your other offensive options are Delonte West and what’s left of Shaquille O’Neal, any good coach would run every possession through LeBron.

The Lakers can score whatever system with their talent. The question is, will they follow Brown into battle like they did Jackson?

  1. Gordon - May 25, 2011 at 3:42 PM

    Kobe should be happy. He now has someone to carry his luggage.

  2. dogsweat1 - May 25, 2011 at 3:45 PM

    “What can Brown do for you?”

  3. dwighthowardisamazing - May 25, 2011 at 4:14 PM

    ahahah the 6th B! (Bryant, Blake, Bynum, Barnes, Brown, Brown)

  4. dsims7 - May 25, 2011 at 4:19 PM

    Bad move, trust that!

  5. purdueman - May 25, 2011 at 4:38 PM

    Bwahahahahahahahahaahahaha!!!! Stick this in your ear, Kobe!!! Bwahahahahahahaha!!!

    • 00maltliquor - May 26, 2011 at 1:54 AM

      Why you got to spend the majority of your life being a hater, purdueman? You are the biggest hater that post their 2 cent comments on here! Bwahahaha! This really isn’t a bad move. I can dig it. You must be extra salty ’cause your favorite guy LeBRON is is handing it to your Bulls. ROTF LMAO!!! I’ll make sure the Bulls Bandwagon Express slows down to 2 mph so you can safely jump off. Bwahahahaha

      • purdueman - May 26, 2011 at 2:41 AM

        00malt… I see you’re proud of making yourself out to be a jackass again! (bwahahahahaha!)

        I have posted since the Bulls-Heat matchup became official that the Bulls were a liter shy of a gallon going into the series because they have no legitimate 2nd reliable scoring option, and that Boozer has a history of disappearing in big games. No surprise here; the Bulls are a very young, inexperienced team, but at least they weren’t BOUGHT!

        I can also see by your post that you are just another loser bandwagoner fan too. Hey pal, it’s easy to jump on a winning bandwagon, but the company you keep while doing so are also just a bunch of losers. True fans stick by their teams through thick and thin… and I’ve been an unwavering Bulls fan since their inception.

      • 00maltliquor - May 26, 2011 at 1:42 PM

        LOL! Bandwagoning isn’t in my blood, unlike you my friend. I’m not cut from that cloth. Been a die hard fan since before grade school. Oh, and sorr-ry for not reading every one of your idiotic post, majority of the stuff you say is complete garbage anyway. Keep posting though, you give me a good laugh every now and then!

      • 00maltliquor - May 26, 2011 at 1:54 PM

        By the way, all teams are built the same 3 ways…through the draft, trades and free agent signings. Your team signed just as many free agents as the Heat, so what’s your point? The Bulls are “bought” too, just so happens the same 3 big name stars Chicago was going hard after (more so DWade and LeBron) in last years offseason spurned the offer to go to Miami. Chicago was trying to “buy” them too! Put down the Haterade and grab a cup of Reality. Moron.

      • purdueman - May 26, 2011 at 1:56 PM

        00malt… get a clue, pal. I’m from Chicago and with the exception of the johnny come lately Cub fans who jumped on their bandwagon in 2003, us Chicagoans are as loyal a group of fans as you’ll ever find to our teams (but in terms of baseball, it’s only one team or the other, not both).

        I never fingered you or anyone else as being a Laker bandwagoner; what I posted though is that when it comes to Laker fans in addition to there being a lot of bandwagoners, there are a lot of blindly loyal Laker Homers and wannabe Laker Honks mainly down in the OC. I stand by that post.

        Win or lose tonight, my Bulls have had a remarkable season, as nobody predicted that they’d come anywheres near 50 wins this year, much less have the leagues best regular season records. That’s cause for celebration, not despair.

        Finally, my flurry of posts on the dumbfounded hiring of Mike Brown by the Lakers WERE MEANT TO BE HUMOROUS! I’m not “hating” on Brown at all; I just think he was the wrong guy for the job but wish him the best just the same. Seriously.

      • purdueman - May 26, 2011 at 2:17 PM

        00malt… anytime anyone starts getting personal by calling a total stranger childish names their credibility is seriously hurt, but I’m sure that’s lost on the likes of you.

        The current Heat and Bulls rosters are NOT built the same way, but as is always the case with statistics if you try hard enough (in this case by quantifying the number of free agent signings while conveniently ignoring the quality in those signings), you can make spin it to match your point of view.

        The four key players on the Heat IMO are: Haslem and Wade who are home grown, and Le Bum and Bosh who were imported free agents.

        The key players on the Bulls? Asik, Noah, Gibson, Rose and Deng are all home grown; only Boozer was imported as a free agent and Boozer’s impact pales when compared to that of adding both Le Bum and Bosh.

        Furthermore, the Bulls had to give away popular starting guard Kirk Heinrich in order to clear cap space to sign Boozer, whereas the Heat didn’t dump anyone as good as Heinrich in order to clear cap space to sign Bosh and Le Bum.

        As for the other free agents the Bulls signed who are in Tibs rotation? Bogans is a journeyman now on something like his 5th NBA team. Brewer was considered a draft bust and isn’t an impact player by any stretch of the imagination. Korver has never been regarded as anything other than a limited role player and Shorty Watson doesn’t count because he was acquired in a trade with Golden State.

        Bottom line? How these two teams were built is an apples vs. cabbages comparison.

  6. purdueman - May 25, 2011 at 5:10 PM

    This must mean that Odom is going to be traded; after all, I don’t think Dr. Buss wants TWO concurrent soap opera’s going on at once (the first being Mr. and Mrs. Odom’s sideshow, the other of course being the sure to be hit feud that’s going to inevitably erupt between Kobe and Brown!).

  7. themanchine - May 25, 2011 at 5:13 PM

    Gasol for Stuckey & Charlie V. Stuckey gives them a young G to bridge to the future and add the missing athleticism in the backcourt, Odom replaces Gasol as the starting PF, and Charlie V takes Odom’s spot as 6th man. Also gives Bynum ownership of the post.

    • rapmusicmademedoit - May 25, 2011 at 6:08 PM


  8. purdueman - May 25, 2011 at 5:18 PM

    I’m going to write Kobe a short letter today (c/o the Lakers of course), and remind him that Mike Brown isn’t going to be the pushover that Phil was. He needs to be warned not to disrespect him by calling him “Mike”, “Michael”, or even “Coach”; from now on, it’s strictly “MR. Brown, SIR!”. (ROFLMAO!!!)

    Sorry Laker fans, but I haven’t had such a hearty belly laugh in quite some time now!!!

    • ocgunslinger - May 25, 2011 at 8:48 PM

      Purdueman….Your third post and not one of them worth the time to read. Grow up

      • purdueman - May 25, 2011 at 9:05 PM

        oc… who wants to grow up? I’m having WAY too much fun here this afternoon and am STILL chuckling over the Lakers announcement of hiring Downtown Brown this afternoon! ROFLMAO!

        Obviously I can understand though why Laker fans would be pissed off that I’m rubbing salt in the old wound, but the opportunity as someone suffering from “Laker Fatigue” is just WAY too good to pass up!

  9. chargerdillon - May 25, 2011 at 5:19 PM

    As a Lakers fan I only have a 3 word response: “Boo…..Very Boo”

    • purdueman - May 25, 2011 at 5:23 PM

      Hey charger… you happen to have an empty soup can laying around? I need to learn how to spit just like Mike Brown does all the time on national tv! (ROFLMAO … again!!!)

  10. sdboltaction - May 25, 2011 at 5:48 PM

    Laker haters can kiss my ass. Everyone always wants the worst for the BEST, SUCKAS! !!

  11. purdueman - May 25, 2011 at 6:06 PM

    Anybody know why Cavalier players referred to him behind his back as “Bonehead Brown?” (Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!!!).

    There are however, three positive things that I see though in this hire: 1) It’s a shot across the bow to Kobe that it’s no longer “his team”; 2) Hopefully the death of the damned triangle offense; and 3) A big increase in the sale of cans of soup, as Laker fans strive to “Be like Mike” and learn how to spit all the time!

    • purdueman - May 25, 2011 at 6:09 PM

      Hey! Maybe one of the Dodger players can teach Coach Brown how to scratch and rearrange his nuts on TV and in public all the time too! After all, it’s a natural progression from spitting all the time in pubilc! (ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!).

    • rapmusicmademedoit - May 25, 2011 at 6:16 PM

      as long as Kobe is putting the ball in the hoop he IS calling the shots, his shot, Gasol’s shot,
      Big O’s shot, so it is his team, does Jim Buss have a better jumper than Kobe??

      The Triangle has 11 championships and 13 trips to the finals, that’s street cred my friend…….

      Hey, they spit in baseball, and football too, at long as he don’t spit on Jack…………….

      • purdueman - May 25, 2011 at 6:38 PM

        rap… the triangle offense didn’t win any championships; having 2 or more star players and the right supporting cast did. The triangle offense gets WAY too much credit for Phil’s championships; it was more a case of Phil being Phil and being as quirky and anti-establishment as possible.

        Riddle me this… if the triangle is such a great offense, than why is that Kurt Rambis has only won about 20% of his games during his tenure as the T-Wolves head coach? … and, why is it that Tim Floyd has gotten fired everywhere he’s coached since he replaced Phil as the Bulls head coach?

        Using your logic, the triangle if anything has very little street cred, because it’s a system and if the system is that good, more teams would be using it with great success.

        Mason and Ireland (LA sports talk radio), this afternoon also are reporting that: “This was clearly Jim Buss’ hire and it’s no secret that Jim Buss is no fan of the triangle offense (which by the way Spittin’ Brown has never coached before)”.

        The one thing that the triangle offense adds to basketball, however, is all those photo op’s of stationary players holding a basketball with two hands over their head while waiting to make the next pass.

      • downtowndanny - May 26, 2011 at 5:13 AM

        exactly, at this point all he can do is come in and add on to whats already established. When Kobe retires, if he’s still coaching here then he can mold that team to his liking. Right now, he needs to come in and teach his philosophies of defense and with Kobe being the ultimate strategy nerd he’ll find ways to make it work. Kobe is a competitor and this new challenge may just recharge those old batteries

  12. rapmusicmademedoit - May 25, 2011 at 6:07 PM

    as a Laker fan I expect Brown to win two championships next year.
    bye bye


  13. purdueman - May 25, 2011 at 6:18 PM

    I just heard on the radio that La Bum James may not play against the Bulls on Thursday night, because he reportedly busted his gut from laughing too hard after he heard the news that Bonehead Brown has been hired by the Lakers for the next four years!

  14. purdueman - May 25, 2011 at 6:47 PM

    Rumor has it that the Laker marketing department is delighted with the hiring of Coach Brown because now they can have a promotional night to bring people in to see the Lakers play one of the worst teams in the league that promotes a giveaway of a Coach Brown bobblehead doll spitting into a cup that he’s holding in his hand!!! (LOL!).

    For those of you who don’t live in the LA area, get on the internet and tune in the now streaming Mason and Ireland show on 710 AM ESPN radio LA. The majority of Laker fans calling in are beside themselves, and it’s not because they are jumping for joy over the news of the hire either!

  15. purdueman - May 25, 2011 at 7:11 PM

    Since the home of the Lakers (the Staples Center), is downtown and was the catalyst for the marvelous downtown makeover that’s now LA Live, does that mean that Lakers new head coach Brown will become known as “Downtown Brown?”!!! (chuckle, chuckle!)

  16. purdueman - May 25, 2011 at 7:19 PM

    I can’t wait until the first time Kobe blames Brown’s coaching for blowing a game and goes postal! I’ve got the tar ready to go to head out to Staples Center, and I’m sure that many other Laker fans will be more than glad to furnish the feathers!!!

    The second time it happens, I’ll bring the rope and depend upon Laker fans to bring the horse and find the closest nearby big tree!!! I’m sure that we can find a local needy charity (the Union Rescue Mission downtown immediate comes to mind), to give the money paid by the highest Laker fan bidder to smack the horse on the rump once Brown is on it and ready to go under the tree too!!! (having too-oooo much fun here!!!).

    • SmackSaw - May 25, 2011 at 8:32 PM

      Oh stop it. It’s well known ’round these parts that you hate the Lakers.

      • purdueman - May 26, 2011 at 12:22 PM

        just having a little fun! … no, check that… just having A LOT of fun with this news!!!

        I don’t hate the Lakers; I hate the large segment of their fan base who are bandwagoners and “pretty people”. I also have ZERO respect for Kobe ever since he bought his way out of a felony rape charge in Colorado too. There’s a difference.

  17. king3319 - May 25, 2011 at 8:19 PM

    Until that last post you put up purdue you were actually makin decent points. Dude you’ve really got to watch the analogies you use. I don’t care how you justify it….there are ALOT of people who will take that hanging remark with some offense. Including me….watch what you say sooner or later those remarks are gonna get you in some serious trouble one day.

    • purdueman - May 26, 2011 at 12:24 PM

      Never used the word “hanging” in any of my posts, but I respect your point.

  18. patbocam - May 25, 2011 at 8:28 PM

    Wow!!! No Brian shaw?!?! have fun underachieving every year!!! I hate the lakers and hope this sets them back a decade. Kobe will now be irrelevant.

  19. SmackSaw - May 25, 2011 at 8:30 PM

    Brown is a Gregg Popovich disciple. He’ll serve his older players well. Artest thrived under Brown at Indiana. He was Defensive Player of the Year. Oh, and he’ll be animated and stalk court side. I’ll take Brown over Addledman.

  20. ocgunslinger - May 25, 2011 at 8:52 PM

    Purdueman. Now you are 0 for your last 10 posts.

    • purdueman - May 25, 2011 at 9:10 PM

      oc… I’m only 0-10 with you Laker Homers and Honks! For all of the Laker haters and those like me suffering from a bad case of “Laker Fatigue” caused mainly by all the bandwagoner’s hot air gasbags, I’m 10-10!!!

      Listening to LA’s Mason and Ireland Show on ESPN LA radio today, it’s OBVIOUS that the vast majority of Laker fans are really pissed off by this hiring, and frankly IF I were a Laker fan, I would be too.

      That’s no reason though not to be able to sit back and watch the fur fly!!!

  21. basketballfan4life - May 25, 2011 at 9:01 PM

    It seems that regardless of how from we think we have come in terms of race relations, we are still light years away from ignorant individuals make insulting comments without thinking first. Mike Brown is an Excellent and proven coach. The same organization the produces “ShowTime”, Drafted a young 19 year old with a national title and a great smile and hired a person who came to be the greatest coach in the history of sports bypassed a number of available and highly qualified coach to hire Mike Brown.

    Now I understand where ur true disdain for Mr. Brown comes from Mr. Pursue, and so do u. I don’t have to blaze it across the internet or hide it behind supposed humor. U have mad it obviously clear. Whether u dislike the franchises decision or not, I find it particularly interesting that u would suggest that fan would get a rope, a horse and auction the hanging of Mike Brown. I guess the is the Beauty of the internet. U can create a fake name to hide behind and spot ur disease without any repercussions. My Name is Daryl Coleman. Nice to meet u

  22. zammael - May 25, 2011 at 9:30 PM

    This hiring means only one thing. Kobe is the next Coach of the Lakers. Mike Brown was a mediocre coach. He had no respect from players, let LeBron run hogwild, slowed down the game so much so he could claim to be a good defensive coach, no creativity on offense, etc.

    • purdueman - May 25, 2011 at 9:45 PM

      zam … I agree with you 100% about Bonehead Brown, but not about Kobe’s future being an NBA coach.

      Historically great players (in any sport), rarely make great coaches or executives, because they tend to be very impatient and can’t relate to players who simply don’t have their natural God given skills.

      Ted Williams was a big flop as a baseball manager, because he simply couldn’t grasp why so many players couldn’t see the rotation on a baseball all the way from out of their hands to when it reached home plate (as he could).

      Michael Jordan thusfar has been a lousy NBA executive too, having made gaffes like picking Kwame Brown way too high in the NBA draft. Jordan doesn’t understand why an athletically gifted player doesn’t have the drive or the heart to excel.

      Kobe in the past has shown enormous impatience with his peers at times. Managing them as a head coach would even be worse.

      Larry Bird had a lot of success as an NBA coach, but Larry came from a very modest Indiana small town background and had the humility to go along with his ego to succeed. Magic Johnson’s stint as head coach of the Lakers? Not so much.

  23. purdueman - May 25, 2011 at 10:15 PM

    The Lakers are one of the most valuable NBA franchises. Why would Jim Buss (who now basically has been given free reign to run the Lakers), bring in a meatball from Cleveland to fill Phil Jackson’s huge shoes? Just doesn’t make any sense to me.

    The first thing Kobe’s liable to do is to place his hand with 5 NBA championship rings across his four fingers and thumb and ask Bonehead Brown: “How many of these do you have?”. Uh-oh!

    How many of you remember the problems Kobe had with Del Harris when he was the Laker’s head coach? Like you really believe that a coach with a significantly lesser resume is going to be readily embraced and accepted by Kobe?

    Very few “sons of the owner” ever approach their Father’s success, and Jim Buss is of course one of those and Hank Steinbrenner is another. Watch and see; cheap Hank has painted the aging Yankees into a corner that will result soon in a long period of mediocrity.

    What really boggles my mind though is how the Lakers could commit not only to a guaranteed $18.5M in money, but moreso FOUR YEARS years for Brown when unemployed Brown had zero negotiating leverage!

    Kobe is on record as saying that he wanted a “defensive minded coach”, and while Brown may turn out to be one, the bottom line is that the Lakers are getting old and lack the speed and athleticism to even approach the defense exhibited this playoff season by much younger Chicago and Miami squads. Even a great magician can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear you know!

    • hoopsfanatic - May 26, 2011 at 10:35 AM


      First, no one can predict the future. It is obvious that you sincerely believe Mike Brown will be a failure as the head coach of the Lakers. In the end, only time will tell. If Brown wins a championship, he will be celebrated. If he fails to win a title, he will be viewed as a failure. Simple as that. This is the Lakers. The expectation is to win titles.

      Second, who cares what the LA sports talk radio listeners think? Those people are all over the board. I used to live in Orange County. I remember when people wanted to fire Mitch Kupchak. Then the Lakers pulled off the Pau Gasol trade, and Kupchak was viewed as a great GM. The bottom line is that no successful franchise can be directed by the whims of sports talk radio listeners.

      Again, the bottom line is that only time will tell how this will work out. I have no idea why you are so confident this will end in failure. You are entitled to your opinion. However, I think you are once again allowing your hatred for the Lakers to cause you to be a bit over zealous in your posts.

      • purdueman - May 26, 2011 at 12:32 PM

        hoops… We’re talking about the guy being hired to fill Phil Jackson’s ENORMOUS shoes in one of the leagues marque franchises, not just any NBA head coaching job. I think that the Lakers were right by not hiring Brian Shaw, because their roster has too much age on it to bring in a rookie head coach and fit him with training wheels.

        Keep in mind that the Lakers have tried going the rookie coach route a couple of times without success before… once with Kurt Rambutt, the other time with Magic Johnson.

        I don’t care what sports talk callers think either, but I do care about what the general pulse is on any hot topic. In this case only the most optimistic Laker Homers are cautiously optimistic.

        Yes, I admitted to having an absolute ball with this blog yesterday, but I just found the news to be so funny I just couldn’t contain myself!

  24. purdueman - May 25, 2011 at 10:29 PM

    Where are all the Laker Homers, Honks and Bandwagoner’s tonight and why are you in hiding over the big news today about the Lakers signing Bonehead Brown for FOUR YEARS as their new head coach???

  25. king3319 - May 26, 2011 at 5:17 PM

    Wow purdue…it’s amazing how many people really don’t like you or think your an idiot. Kinda tells you something doesn’t it.

    • purdueman - May 26, 2011 at 5:45 PM

      king … it sure does! It shows me and everyone else who reads and posts on this board just how thin skinned and small some of the other posters on this board are.

      Like you really think that Laker Homers, Bandwagoner’s and Honks aren’t going to get their panties all in a knot over me posting anything that isn’t all “goody two shoes” about their team? Give me a break! Denial is not a river in Africa, but there’s an awful lot of denial on this board!

      • purdueman - May 26, 2011 at 7:27 PM

        king… ANY of my following points will get a lot of the Laker Homers on this board to calling me all kinds of childish names and hating on me:

        1) Aside from Bryant, the Lakers “core” players are all on the wrong side of 30 (fact!);
        2) Fisher’s over the hill and the Lakers desperately need a young starting point guard;
        3) Downtown Brown was the wrong hire as the Lakers new head coach;
        4) The triangle offense is dead, as is in defunct, finito, finished in LA;
        5) Odom and his traveling sideshow wife need to go; and
        6) Kobe and Brown are going to lock horns sooner than later, and this time Kobe’s going to come out on the wrong end of things because Brown is Jim Buss’ hired man and Jim is going to back him to the fullest!

        Print this out and pull it out half way through next season (whenever there is one), and then let’s compare notes!

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