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Mike Brown looking to get the old band back together in Los Angeles

Jun 6, 2011, 10:03 PM EDT

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According to the ultra-reliable Marc Stein of, former Cleveland assistant coach and current New Orleans assistant coach Mike Malone was scheduled to meet with new Lakers head coach Mike Brown today. According to Stein, Brown also wants the recently fired Jon Kuester to join his staff as an assistant coach.

When the Cavaliers won 66 games in the 2008-09 season, Brown was the head coach, Kuester was the “offensive coordinator,” and Malone was known as the “defensive coordinator,” although Brown already had a reputation as a defensive wizard himself. The Cavalier offense improved by leaps and bounds in 08-09, and while that probably had more to do with new personnel around LeBron James than it did with Kuester’s offensive genius, the Cavaliers’ newfound offensive success was enough to get Kuester a head coaching job with the Detroit Pistons, which turned out to be an unmitigated disaster.

After Kuester left, Malone took over as the “offensive coordinator,” and while the Cavs regressed slightly as an offensive team, they were still one of the five best offensive teams in the league and won 61 games while resting their starters during the final games of the season.

After Byron Scott replaced Brown as the head coach of the Cavaliers, Malone went to New Orleans, where he took on the responsibility of improving the team’s defense. Under his watch, the Hornets went from being the 22nd-best defensive team in the league to the 8th-best defensive team in the league.

Clearly, Brown and his favorite assistants know how to coach, and the Lakers could do a lot worse than having a team of Kuester, Malone, and Brown on the sidelines, especially if Brian Shaw sticks around and/or international coaching star Ettore Messina is there as well.

  1. randysavage4ever - Jun 7, 2011 at 1:05 AM

    I dont care if Mike Brown brings Mike Ditka to be on the bench coaching…

    understand it is NBA Finals or Bust…

  2. purdueman - Jun 7, 2011 at 2:48 AM

    Oh goodie! As someone suffering from a bad case of “Laker Fatigue”, I’m just laughing my ass off that Brown is going to recreate his rousing success that he had with Cleveland! Bwahahahahaha!

  3. SmackSaw - Jun 7, 2011 at 11:35 AM

    As long as they dump the triangle, I don’t care.

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