Caught in the Web: Mike Brown's introductory news conference, just hours before NBA Finals
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.
I spent part of Memorial Day speaking with Fox Sports Radio's Jon Crispin and Mike Lamb on the Lakers' coaching hire.
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
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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