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Caught in the Web: Follow-up reports on Mike Brown becoming the Lakers' coach

May 27, 2011 |  8:00 am

Photo: Jim Buss, son of Lakers owner Jerry Buss, played a leading role in the Lakers' decision to go with Mike Brown as its new coach. He's pictured in August 2005. Credit: Los Angeles Times--The Times' Broderick Turner mentions how very few people connected to the Lakers wanted to comment about hiring of Mike Brown as head coach.

-- In addition to criticizing Jim Buss for hiring Brown, The Times' Mark Heisler reports the following nuggets: Kobe Bryant didn't like the Brown hire, Jim Buss initially wanted Byron Scott, Doc Rivers and Nate McMillan but none was available, Jim Buss talked to only one candidate and the Lakers made the deal earlier than expected so the Warriors couldn't hire Brown. Heisler also credits the Heat's toughness in its Eastern Conference series win over Chicago.

-- ESPN.com's J.A. Adande explains how the Lakers are "divorcing themselves from their history."

-- Sports Illustrated's Sam Amick outlines Jerry West's role as a Warriors advisor. 

Amick also discusses the Brown hire in the video below

-- The Daily News' Vincent Bonsignore argues it's too early consider the Brown hire a mistake. 

-- ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky lists five questions Brown will have to address as the Lakers' head coach. 

-- ESPN Los Angeles' Arash Markazi believes Brown is actually what the Lakers need. 

-- The Orange County Register's Jeff Miller believes it's way too early to judge how Brown will fit with the Lakers. 

-- Hoopsworld's Alex Raskin details the Lakers' various ways of tightening their finances. 

-- The Daily News' Elliott Teaford highlights Mitch Kupchak's explanation of why the Lakers hired Brown. 

-- Fox Sports' Marques Johnson expresses skepticism about how Brown will fit in with the Lakers in the video below.

-- Lakers.com's Mike Trudell has an interesting and in-depth Q&A with Lakers trainer Gary Vitti, including revealing details about Bryant's health. 

-- Fox Sports' Billy Witz argues that the Lakers have entered the Andrew Bynum era with Brown's hiring. 

-- Silver Screen and Roll's DexterFishmore expresses skepticism about the Brown hire. 

-- Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano is interested to see who Brown hires on his coaching staff. 

Radio Interview

I appeared on The Darren Smith Show at XX Sports Radio in San Diego where I talked about the Brown hiring and why Bryant should've been consulted. 

Tweet of the Day: "For Jim Buss, this is a bold move hiring Mike Brown and I hope it all works out." -- MagicJohnson (Lakers Hall of Famer Magic Johnson)

Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "This smells like Jim Buss' ego was making a statement that he's in charge. Ego-driven decisions are not good for any organization." -- Jon K.

-- Mark Medina

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Photo: Jim Buss, son of Lakers owner Jerry Buss, played a leading role in the Lakers' decision to go with Mike Brown as its new coach. He's pictured in August 2005. Credit: Los Angeles Times


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