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Lakers coach Mike Brown thinks Dwight Howard will help

Sep 20, 2012, 9:37 AM EDT

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It’s an interesting contrast of styles. For years the Lakers had Phil Jackson as coach and he used an economy of words but usually gave media and fans a little insight, he often said something interesting. Now Mike Brown is the coach and he likes to talk, he gives long-winded answers, but rarely reveals much in doing so.

Which brings us to Mike Brown showing up on the Lakers flagship radio station, ESPN 710 in Los Angeles, to do an interview on Wednesday. What did we learn from it (and I sat in my car at the end of a drive and listened to most of the interview)? Not much.

Well, he likes Dwight Howard. (Transcription by

“His athleticism, combined with his power and strength, and his quickness, and energy is phenomenal,” Brown said. “I mean defensively here’s a guy, that in my opinion, is one of the best pick-and-roll big defenders in the game, to ever play the game. He’s one of the best paint protectors to every play the game. You know, just knowing that he’s down and around the basket is a deterrent.”

Aside that he said he likes his coaching staff, that the team has to respect the process and work hard, and that their goal is an NBA title. Which is exactly what you expected him to say. What you expect any coach to say. He seemed animated when talking about fellow University Of San Diego Toreros who have jobs around the NBA, but that was about it.

So to sum up: Dwight Howard is good. Thanks for coming, hope you enjoyed the show.

  1. money2long - Sep 20, 2012 at 10:11 AM

    remember the years when ben wallace was a defensive STUD ? rebounding animal and when he blocked shots when his fro was blown out, he just looked awesome. lol. dwight howard should play that role. of course minus the hair.

  2. fanz928 - Sep 20, 2012 at 10:36 AM

    Dwight Howard is better than Ben dumbass that’s why he’s the best center of this era if lakers use just use him for defense then he is wasted and not being used right

    • money2long - Sep 20, 2012 at 9:09 PM

      on the defensive end…that was the focus. ben wallace was a defensive player. it’s a discussion as to whther dwight can be on the ben wallace (prime yrs) defensive wise (rebounds, blocks, steal, shot altering)

  3. manchestermiracle - Sep 20, 2012 at 12:22 PM

    What’s the point in having someone who seems to be a fan of every team in the NBA except the Lakers constantly writing stories about the Lakers? Brown gave an honest assessment of a player he has yet to coach and that he feels is going to be a great defender of a long-time Laker shortcoming: Pick and rolls.

    If you didn’t find anything worthwhile in the interview, Kurt, why write about it except to (once again) show your derision of all things Laker? I found your summation an appropriate metaphor for own bias. If Brown’s comments weren’t much of a “show,” then your own opinion is even less so.Drive safely. Please come again.

    • Kurt Helin - Sep 20, 2012 at 7:10 PM

      Nothing to me is funnier on this site than the people who think I hate the Lakers.

      • crtzinc - Sep 20, 2012 at 8:16 PM

        Well that was proper denial. Dude Kurt it’s the straight up truth, even if you don’t hate the Lakers you definitely write as if you have something against them.

      • manchestermiracle - Sep 21, 2012 at 9:39 AM

        Derision, Kurt, is not hate. Synonyms would be disdain, dig, disparagement; and those are just the D’s. Nothing is funnier to me on this site than those authors who claim no biases, yet write articles that clearly prove otherwise. Admission of a problem is the first step in solving it.

  4. camnellum12 - Sep 20, 2012 at 2:38 PM

    I thought the same thing, but Howard can play greater than Ben Wallace, he needs to play a Bill Russell type of role. He can be the 4th option on offense, but he can block/alter shots, eat the glass, and set a lot of picks, and become a decoy offensively. I’m not expecting him to have any great post moves, but if Kareem can teach him something, it’s to become a better passer. If I’m not mistaken, he averaged 1.4 AST for his career, he needs to learn how to become a better outlet passer, especially in the Princeton sets.

    If he can do what Russell did in this video (the Block Art), LA is good :

  5. paulhargis53 - Sep 20, 2012 at 7:53 PM

    Kurt, you can’t say ANYTHING that isn’t positive about the Lakers, don’t you know that? I don’t hate the Lakers either, its a majority of the fanbase that makes my skin crawl.

    Why is it only the thinskinned Laker fans that cry so much about your “bias”.

    Keep up the good work, dude.

  6. tashkalucy - Sep 20, 2012 at 9:31 PM

    As a long-time Laker fans that watched Mike Brown in Cleveland, I assure you all that something is going to go very, very wrong with Brown coaching that team.

    From the screwball roles he assigns people to some of the worst coaching you will ever see in the second half of playoff games, this guy is a disaster. He was a disaster last year for the Lakers in the playoffs, and for some reason no one pinned it on him, it was all put on the players.

    You can always tell a Mike Brown team. He players are standing around on the floor not quite sure what they’re supposed to do. The same players that can play for other coaches and look like stars doing it.

    The Lakers need to go to Kobe Bryant in early November as the players did when they had Magic talk to Jerry Buss about coach Paul Westhead. The Lakers won the championship that year.

  7. paulhargis53 - Sep 21, 2012 at 10:04 AM

    Jesus dude! Do you actually look for the one sentence, or sentence fragment that might be considered disparaging in each and every posting? I dont like everything he has to say about the Celtics either, but I don’t cry and whine about it all day!!

    You Lakers fans want a place to voice your opinions, but Kurt isn’t allowed his?
    Or any other non Lakers fans for that matter?
    You guys are pathetic. Because some people think the lakers have to prove it, we are haters……Uff.

    Quit you’re damn whining, its sickening.

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