Caught in the Web: Mike Brown could become the next Lakers coach
-- The L.A. Times' Broderick Turner reports the Lakers have put together a deal to hire former Cleveland Cavaliers Coach Mike Brown as their new coach. Turner also reports that if Brown agrees to the deal, he'll sign a contract for $4 million to $4.5 million per season for three years, including a team option on the fourth year that would give him partial pay if he were not retained.
-- I highlight Jerry Buss' comments made to Playboy Radio's Michael Eaves and Bonnie-Jill Laflin on Sirius XM Radio regarding the coaching search to replace Phil Jackson. Read the entire transcript of the interview.
-- The Times' Andrew Blankstein and Richard Winton report that the family of a child who died after plunging at least 30 feet from a luxury box at Staples Center earlier this season at a Lakers game filed suit against the owners of the venue, alleging that a poorly designed barrier led to the incident.
-- The Times' Lance Pugmire highlights the NBA Basketball Players Assn. filing an unfair-labor-practices charge against the league with the National Labor Relations Board, alleging "harsh, inflexible and grossly regressive 'takeaway' demands."
-- The Times' Mark Heisler describes the Bulls-Heat game as a "1980s-style superstar shootout."
-- NBA.com's David Aldridge reports that the Lakers have narrowed their coaching search to Brown, Rick Adelman and Brian Shaw.
-- The Orange County Register's Janis Carr highlights Theo Ratliff's charitable efforts in Alabama.
-- ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky talks with Hawks forward Josh Powell about what it was like to play under Phil Jackson, Brian Shaw and Mike Dunleavy.
-- ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin and ESPN.com's Marc Stein report that the Lakers are in "serious talks" with Brown.
-- Fox Sports' Brian Lowry doubts Jeff Van Gundy would make a good candidate to coach the Lakers.
-- Yahoo! Sports' Marc Spears and Adrian Wojnarowski first reported that the Lakers were in "serious discussions" with Brown.
-- The San Francisco Chronicle's Vittorio Tafur argues that the Golden State Warriors hiring West as an advisor is another sign that owner Joe Lacob "plans to be aggressive in retooling the Warriors.
-- The Daily Breeze's Mike Waldner says Adelman would be a good fit for the Lakers.
-- Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano looks at how Andrew Bynum can improve next season.
-- Silver Screen and Roll's DexterFishmore doesn't sound too thrilled with the possibility the Lakers would hire Brown as their next coach.
Tweet of the Day: "I reached out to Mike Dunleavy and Brian Shaw today, both were surprised by Buss saying a decision would likely be made within a week..although neither felt such a timeline either helped or hurt their chances.. Sorry, but I don't have Rick Adelman's number or I would have called him too!!" -- michaeleaves (Fox Sports West/Playboy Radio's Michael Eaves)
Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: What a joke! Lebron is going to be queen for a day and dump his lame excoach on us. The only hold up is money. We better hope Brown is greedy. Adelman, Van Gundy, or Shaw...ANYONE but Brown! Surprised they didn't offer the job to McHale. Quick someone call Jerry West for advice, wait, sorry, forgot he works for Golden State now." -- Reality Check Time
-- Mark Medina
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Photo: Cleveland Cavaliers Coach Mike Brown in 2008. Credit: C.J. Gunther/EPA