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Caught in the Web: Mike Brown's introductory news conference, just hours before NBA Finals

Photo: Mike Brown's only head coaching job in the NBA came with the Cleveland Cavaliers and superstar LeBron James. Credit: Tony Dejak / Associated Press In a conveniently timed news conference, the Lakers will introduce Mike Brown at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Brown's first news conference as the team's head coach. Meanwhile, Game 1 of the NBA Finals between the Heat and the Mavericks starts Tuesday.

What a coincidence! This should keep many in the sports media busy and give fans a chance to distract themselves before opening tip. But, as indicated by the links below, NBA writers are still focused in on the NBA Finals.

-- The Times' Mark Heisler muses about the scrutiny surrounding the Miami Heat.

-- The Times' Mike Bresnahan profiles Dallas forward Dirk Nowitzki.

-- The Times' T.J. Simers believes the criticism regarding Mike Brown's hiring was a "little over the top."

-- The Orange County Register's Janis Carr asks readers what they would ask Brown at his news  conference Tuesday.

-- ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky predicts Brown's news conference won't be as entertaining as Phil Jackson's. BK also argues Brown won't have much of a honeymoon period.

-- The Orange County Register's Jeff Miller wonders how long Kobe Bryant can maintain his longevity.

-- The Orlando Sentinel's Josh Robbins talks to Dwight Howard, who says he prefers to stay with the Magic. Said Howard: "I'm not trying to run behind nobody like Shaq or be behind somebody else. I want to start my own path, and I want people to follow my path and not just follow somebody else's path. I want to have my own path, and I want to start that here in Orlando. But I can't do it alone. Not only do I need the right teammates, but I need the city behind me. That's the only way it's going to get done. We can change this small city that we have -- this small market that we have -- and we can make it a big market." 

-- Dime Magazine is amused that Ron Artest lists Dennis Rodman as one of his top five all-time-greatest players.  

-- The Painted Area argues the Brown hire will be a good fit if the Lakers get Howard. 

--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano has mixed feelings about the potential hiring of John Kuester as a Brown assistant coach. 

Radio Interviews

I spent part of Memorial Day speaking with Fox Sports Radio's Jon Crispin and Mike Lamb on the Lakers' coaching hire. 

Mark Medina on Fox Sports Radio

I also talked with with The Jonas and Big Ben Show on Fox Sports Radio in Charleston, South Carolina (WSPO) about the Lakers' offseason. 

Mark Medina on The Jonas and Big Ben Show part 1

Mark Medina on The Jonas and Big Ben Show part 2

Tweet of the Day:"Lebrons left foot had a nervous reaction That's why he traveled His left pinky has separate thoughts Lol ... When they played us dirk guarded me but I wasn't able to expose him But I can't see Miami letting him off the hook ... Rick carilse is the best coach in the league right now Has been for the whole year Dirk was hurt so it hurt the mavs" -- ronartest (Lakers forward Ron Artest)

Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day:"I remember them all well, but that 1985 game is the one that I think of the most because it the was finals and the Lakers were out to avenge the 84 loss...and got absolutely smoked in game 1. Of course, the memory isn't so painful since the Lakers came back and won 4 of the next 5 and Kareem won finals MVP at 38 years old (JKidd here's your chance to match Kareem). How strange is it for the NBA not to have any games Memorial weekend? I can't ever remember that happening in the last 30 years." -- LRob2

--Mark Medina

E-mail the Lakers blog at mgmedin@gmail.com

Photo: Mike Brown's only head coaching job in the NBA came with the Cleveland Cavaliers and superstar LeBron James. Credit: Tony Dejak / Associated Press

 
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Looking forward to Mike Brown’s formal introduction as the Lakers new head coach. Hopefully, all the furor over the inaccurate rumors and unfortunate overreactions will have subsided and reporters will focus on asking the right questions, like who are going to be your assistant coaches, what offense will you run, what ideas do you have about extending Kobe’s career, what are your plans for taking advantage of Kobe’s game, what are your plans for taking advantage of the Lakers front court, what are your plans for the Lakers point guard situation, what do you think of the Lakers Triple Towers or Big Five lineups, and which team are you picking to win this year’s NBA Finals.
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As for my own predictions, I also root for the team from my team’s division or conference. That means I will be rooting for the Mavs to take down the Heat. (Note, I even root for the Red Sox if they represent the American League and I’m a die-hard Yankees fan. NFC over AFC). I expect this to be a great series and think Dirk and the Mavs depth and outside shooting will take down the Heat in 6. I just do not see how Miami’s bench can compete against the Mavs bench. Look for Dirk to win the Finals MVP and steal what used to Pau Gasol’s standing as the league’s best power forward.
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TOM


MM,

can you get me into a training program with Kareem on the fine art of the
smackdown?

That was righteous!

Love the Lakers! Did anyone see the funny article about their pick up game???

http://milkthebull.com/2011/05/09/lakers-self-destruct-in-pick-up-game/

Says I'm signed in as "nobody". How do I sign in as LongTimeLakerFan?


LTLF

click-on your "John Perry" handle it will send you to your typepad page. Then click-on "edit your profile" and change your display name to LongTimeLakerFan .

when I first did this it didn't go through right away. Not sure if you have to wait a few minutes or what. But I did it a second and third time and it finally updated.

This summer when the CBA ends, are the players allowed to get together on their own and practice together somewhere other than their home court?

LTLF,

It will always say, "You are currently signed in as (nobody)" no matter what 'handle' you use, but then when you post it will show the post as
Posted by: whatever your handle is

Troll Man & LTLF,
When I updated my profile page, I would submit a test post and click PREVIEW and look at the name... it wasn't until I logged out and then logged back in that my name showed up correctly


DWIGHT HOWARD SAYS HIS PREFERENCE IS TO STAY
WITH THE ORLANDO MAGIC AND 'START HIS OWN PATH'
By Josh Robbins for the Orlando Sentinel
http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2011-05-30/sports/os-magic-dwight-howard-0531-20110530_1_dwight-howard-orlando-magic-magic-front-office
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Responding to speculation that he wants to jump to a bigger market when he can became a free agent next year, superstar center Dwight Howard indicated Monday that his strong preference is to remain with the Orlando Magic for the long term.
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"I'm not trying to run behind nobody like Shaq or be behind somebody else," Howard said, referencing Shaquille O'Neal's decision to leave the Magic following the 1995-96 season and sign with the Los Angeles Lakers.
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"I want to start my own path and I want people to follow my path and not just follow somebody else's path. I want to have my own path, and I want to start that here in Orlando. But I can't do it alone. Not only do I need the right teammates, but I need the city behind me. That's the only way it's going to get done. We can change this small city that we have — this small market that we have — and we can make it a big market.”
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TOM

"Jeff Miller wonders how long Kobe Bryant can maintain his longevity."

Simple, get teammates!

For example, if the Lakers had 4 HOF'ers starting, I'm pretty sure Kobe could stay in the starting line up for another 8 seasons!!! (obv I'm talking about HOFers in their prime)

As it has been, everything flows through the Mamba. He's the one that creates the offense (even when he's not shooting). He's also a defensive leader (even when he's not playing defense) - so for him to stay at the top as the #1 option and as the best option is asking for a lot. The Lakers need a team that can shoulder that role so that Kobe can fit in, instead of Kobe having to BE the team.

LakerTom,
I think Dirk is already far and away better than Pau Gasol regardless of what happens in these finals. He now has led HIS team to the finals TWICE and has an MVP to go with it. These playoffs the guy has been totally unstoppable. Gasol has always needed Kobe to be considered the "best powerforward" - and this season not even Kobe could get Gasol to live up to anything near that accolade.


REPORT: DWIGHT HOWARD CLOSE TO EXTENSION WITH ORLANDO90
By Daniel Buerge for Lakers Nation
http://www.lakersnation.com/report-dwight-howard-close-to-extension-with-orlando/2011/05/31/
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According to Dime Magazine, Dwight Howard may be close to signing an extension with the Orlando Magic. This comes as bad news to Laker fans, who have been campaigning for Howard to join Los Angeles since the Lakers' untimely exit from this year's playoffs.
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Rumor has it the extension is ready and only needs Howard's signature to make it official. The deal would keep Howard in an Orlando uniform for four more seasons.
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There is still a chance that Howard leaves Orlando, and much of that depends on the organizations ability to build a championship caliber team around him. After trying to do so this past season by adding players like Gilbert Arenas, the Magic have made it clear they want Howard to stay and they want to win with him in Orlando. Whether or not they can satisfy Howard with the pieces they have is yet to be seen
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TOM

A new column today from Mark Heisler and no apology or admission of error regarding Lakers' hiring of Mike Brown.

So surprised.

What a gutless hack.

Anybody know if the coach's introduction is going to be televised? And if so, what channel?

Maybe only on local channels or local news channels/sports section...

like KTLA 5, KCAL 9, and ABC 7 or even CBS 2...

but I doubt they will do it live, maybe a highligh clip or two... but how about try finding it online? you'll have more luck looking online... maybe ESPNLA.com or FOX sports LA or something like that!

This summer when the CBA ends, are the players allowed to get together on their own and practice together somewhere other than their home court?

Posted by: Art_Lakers | May 31, 2011 at 12:57 PM

Well when the CBA end, it dosn't mean that the players are locked up in their houses, they can go out and practice anywhere they want, but what is the point of all that? You can't use your team facility, so you got to pick a location, such as a park or a YMCA, then you can't use any equipment from the team, you get to bring everything, including basketball's, work out shirts, towles, water, or Gatorade... and also, if no ones going to pay you, would you really be working out or "practicing"? because that's what expired CBA means, you can't get paid, that's why you always hear DFISH saying to all the players, " please save some money" we dont know whats going to happen next" so basically its a Union, when worker's go on strike you don't see anyone working lol why? because no ones paying them!!

Argghh, this new set up is driving me loco!

tryna find the link to listen to our new coach, anybody got that hook up??

i found it no need for stream!!

lakersrydeordie- Can you post the link please?

I enjoyed Coach Brown's press conference. He has an assured confidence about his abilities and I look forward to next season (if there is one)....

I have to admit. I am starting to like this Mike Brown guy. :)

"15 angry men..."


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