Mike Brown named new coach of the Lakers

The Lakers have hired Mike Brown to fill the vacant head coaching job.

After the retirement of Phil Jackson at the end of the season, it left a lot of questions for the Lakers heading into the off-season.

Some of the questions for the Lakers are starting to be answered.

The Los Angeles Lakers ended the interviewing process Tuesday night.

It was just about narrow down to three potential candidates, Rick Adelman, Brian Shaw, and Mike Brown.

Shaw, who seemed to be the front runner for the Lakers coaching job and had the approval of Lakers’ players such as Kobe Bryant, is also a candidate and front runner for the Golden State Warriors coaching job.

Adelman was the head coach of the Houston Rockets last season and is the more experienced of the three candidates but was not a heavy favorite to get the job out of the three coaches.

Brown has agreed to a 4-year deal with a team option to keep him under contract for the fourth year.

Brown was the NBA coach of the year for the 2008-2009 season and had his last head coaching job with the Cleveland Cavaliers, where he coached NBA superstar LeBron James.

He also has a 272-138 coaching record which leads to the 5th highest win percent by a head coach in NBA history, all of which was with the Cavaliers.

He also took the Cavaliers to the NBA finals for the first time in franchise history in 2007.

Both LeBron James and Mo Williams, who were coached by Brown as players of the Cavaliers praised Brown and endorsed the Lakers’, hiring their former coach.

Brown was an assistant coach with the San Antonio Spurs under head coach Greg Popovich from 2000-2003.

Lakers will be playing under a new system with Mike Brown that is expected to be similar to the system that the Spurs use, which does have some similarities to the Lakers system from previous years.

Brown has experience coaching two big men at the same time as well, in David Robinson and Tim Duncan when they won a title with the Spurs in 2003.

That experience should be key to the upcoming season as he has two new big men to coach in Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum.

Brown will bring a “No Non-Sense” type approach to the team and also a defensive approach to the team.

Despite the impress resume that Mike Brown has, many Lakers’ fans do not seem to have a very positive reaction to the hiring.

In a poll done by the Los Angeles Times, 67 percent of Lakers fans voted NO when asked “Do you think Mike Brown is a good choice for Lakers coach?”

Brown knows the pressure is on him as coach, since Lakers have only missed the playoffs twice since Jerry Buss bought the team in 1979.


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