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Don’t buy the rumors Mike Brown’s job is in immediate danger

Nov 7, 2012, 11:21 AM EDT

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The Lakers are a patient organization. One of their great strengths — along with insane revenue generation — is they don’t make rash moves, they wait until the odds are in their favor then the act decisively. They don’t panic. They don’t care what you write on an internet message board or what a talk radio host says.

So sorry Lakers fans, Mike Brown’s job is not in immediate danger. He’s going to get his chance.

There was a report at Hoopsworld recently about how “many within NBA circles believe” Brown is on his way out sooner rather than later. But that is the voices swirling around the outside of the organization, the kind of people often prone to knee-jerk reactions.

That’s not the Lakers. That’s not how they have operated under the Buss family.

If you talk to people around the Lakers organization the feeling is very different — Mike Brown is on solid footing right now.

Look what Jim Buss told Kevin Ding of the Orange County Register, referencing Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak and still the ultimate power Jerry Buss.

“I’m a hundred percent behind Mike Brown. Mitch is. My dad is. We as a collective soul are behind him 100 percent.”

Collective Soul? Now I’m picturing Kupchak singing “Shine” and it’s a little disturbing.

But Ding emphasizes the point, saying the Lakers management doesn’t expect Brown to be Phil Jackson (who would have gotten a pass from fans for this start because his teams came together).

Jim Buss’ comments about Brown in our recent chat made clear that ownership’s view is that Brown’s gift is being “well prepared.” That’s not very exciting, and it’s certainly not particularly fascinating genius, but it’s how Brown was for his Lakers job interview, and it’s what he’s expected to be now.

“I felt that anybody who works that hard in preparation, if we give him the right players, he’ll figure out how to win,” Buss said.

That philosophy is up for debate. My two cents are that there are only a handful of truly elite NBA coaches that make a team better by walking in the door — Jackson, Gregg Popovich, Rick Adelman, etc… — and after that there are a lot of solid NBA coaches who can win a lot, maybe even a ring, if you give them the right talent. Brown is one of those guys to me. He works hard and with time savvy veteran players like Steve Nash, Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol will figure it out. With or without a lot of input from Brown.

If the Lakers are still a hot mess as we get to the time you start actually doing you Christmas shopping — don’t tell me you start before Dec. 15, we know better — then the ground may shift. May. The Lakers have a couple year window with this group and they aren’t going to waste one. But if the Lakers make a change the more likely outcome is it happens after the season. Also know if it gets to that and the Lakers do decide to make a move, it will not be to a coach who will come in and dominate the franchise the way Jackson did. This is Jim Buss’ show now and the coach will work for and with him. You decide for yourself how someone like Jerry Sloan would fit in that dynamic.

But take your time, because the Lakers will. Mike Brown is not going anywhere, not in the short term.

  1. pacific123ocean - Nov 7, 2012 at 1:28 PM

    If his job isn’t in danger yet, it should be very soon.

  2. michaeljordanseviltwin - Nov 7, 2012 at 1:37 PM

    Hire Jerry Sloan and run pick & rolls with Nash and Howard until Staples Center has a couple new banners.

  3. dysraw1 - Nov 7, 2012 at 1:39 PM

    DR. Buss can easily put in a call to his son-inlaw so i wouldn’t be panicked either

  4. spthegr8 - Nov 7, 2012 at 2:01 PM

    Yeah believe that S**T if you want too. Let the professor keep dropping games.

  5. BigBeachBall - Nov 7, 2012 at 3:00 PM

    If Mike Brown can get artest to stop dribbling the ball, then the season is a success…

  6. limonadamas - Nov 7, 2012 at 3:59 PM

    Que mala suerte… =(

    • southbeachtalent - Nov 7, 2012 at 4:39 PM

      de madre…

  7. lakerluver - Nov 7, 2012 at 4:10 PM

    The LAKERS can AND will win with Mike Brown. He took the Cavs to the Finals for goodness sakes!! And don’t give me that “it was all LeBron” crap. Mike Brown will not only be here the remainder of this season but also for the foreseeable future. Mitch Kupchak is the best G.M. in the NBA. If he says MB is the right coach for the LAKERS, I agree wholeheartedly.

    • southbeachtalent - Nov 7, 2012 at 4:39 PM

      I don’t think Brown has the respect of his players, especially Kobe. That comment Kobe made a week ago about having a ring and his coaches’ lack thereof was quite telling.

      I’d love to see the Lakers be competitive, but right now they look lost.

  8. lakerluver - Nov 7, 2012 at 5:14 PM

    You’re reading too much into that comment. If anything he was defending him. There has not been any evidence that Kobe or the LAKERS management is unhappy with Brown.

  9. mogogo1 - Nov 7, 2012 at 5:36 PM

    Nash being hurt may buy Brown some more time. Because the real question is whether he can coach the whole team with Nash included. But if they look as bad after Nash returns as they did during preseason and the first couple games, Brown’s seat is going to get hot really quick.

    And the question about whether Kobe is unhappy with Brown misses the central point: Kobe never has been a “happy” sort of guy. He’s very calculating and almost emotionless when it comes to teammates and coaches. (He never really bonded with Phil Jackson even though they were winning championships and I’ve yet to hear he’s particularly tight with any teammate.). If he decides one day that Brown isn’t cutting it, that’s going to be the end of it as far as he is concerned. There won’t be any “let’s work this out” or “give it some more time” for him, he’ll start actively pushing the front office to get rid of Brown.

  10. paulhargis53 - Nov 7, 2012 at 5:38 PM

    Uff, how can you continue to type the drivel you do lakerluver?

    Jesus, blind faith is one thing, but you are so gd over the top.

    You refuse to see the issues with this team, you defended Kobe at every turn, you think that Brown, Buss and Kupchak can do wrong.

    That’s not being a good fan. You have never once had an unbiased objective opinion on here.
    Your fandom is childlike.

    You are the,absolute biggest freaking homer I have had the sorry pleasure to ever run into.
    I was half kidding before about the DeNiro- Gil Renard comparison, but by God, its true.
    You are a a scary piece of work, You should really seek help.

  11. lakerluver - Nov 7, 2012 at 7:07 PM

    Ok, how many times are you going to use that same stale joke. It’s about as old as you are….I am objective. All I said is, in LAKERLAND there is no talk of Mike Brown being dismissed. Didn’t you just read the quotes by Buss? Of course you will dismiss them. But let someone post a story about Brown getting fired and you’ll be all over it. Not only are you incapable of being objective, you base all your comments on emotion and not on reality. You’re so eager for the LAKERS to fail all your comments revolve around “wishful thinking”.

  12. omniusprime - Nov 8, 2012 at 8:57 AM

    lakerluvr you’re a sorry excuse for a Laker’s fan as far as intelligence goes. As a fellow Laker’s fan I have to say you are totally ignorant about Clueless Clown Brown and his pathetic lack of offense or defense. Not to mention a total lack of ability to inspire the players to play well. How else do you explain away their “listless” play?

    It’s time to get rid of that spoiled little Buss Boy and Clueless Clown Brown and bring back the beautiful, intelligent Daughter who helped us win several banners with Phil Jackson. I’d love to see Jerry Sloan come in to coach, he knows how to get the most from the talent he has to work with. As long as the ignorant Buss Boy and Clown Brown are in charge the Lakers will never win another championship and that really makes a long time Laker fan like me mad as heck!

    Go Away Buss Boy!!! Go Away Clueless Clown Brown!!!

  13. dysraw1 - Nov 8, 2012 at 1:04 PM


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