Lakers Now

Round-the-Clock Purple and Gold

« Previous Post | Lakers Now Home | Next Post »

Highlighting the Twitter reaction regarding Mike Brown being named Lakers' coach

May 26, 2011 | 10:08 pm

photo: People within the Lakers organization have not said much publicly about the team's decision to hire Mike Brown as its new coach. Credit: Matt Sullivan / Getty Images / April 18, 2009 Forget about reading Tweets in 140 characters or less. When it comes to big news, such as, say the Lakers (or Jim Buss) hiring Mike Brown as their head coach, the tweets are going to come out in full rapid fire. It's easy to follow this since I as well as many others make a timeline featuring NBA/Lakers tweeters, but some don't have all that luxury. 

Plus, it is sort of fun, not to mention excruciatingly time-consuming to go through everything NBA players and media types have to say about the hire. A few things are clear: reporters have way much to say about it than the players do for obvious reasons, there's plenty of skepticism on the hire and there's plenty of open-mindedness to see if this might actually work. Enjoy.

Lakers Hall of Famer Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson)

@Lakers business - Mike Brown, new head coach? What will happen to the roster? It's going to be an interesting summer.

If Mike Brown is the @Lakers coach, there's a few reasons: hes a defensive coach, familiar w/the west, & has experience coaching a superstar.

"Congrats to Mike Brown, the new coach of the @Lakers. Good luck & look forward to seeing you lead them to another championship."

"Brian Shaw has been a champion Laker both as a coach & a player. I hope everything works out well for him."

"For Jim Buss, this is a bold move hiring Mike Brown and I hope it all works out."

Lakers guard Derek Fisher (@derekfisher)

"A lot of really great coaches were being considered for the job. B Shaw was at the top of the list! He'll be amazing and wherever he goes is lucky to have him.Will miss Phil but excited to start a new chapter under Mike Brown. Looking forward to a different style and energy!!"

Lakers forward Pau Gasol (@paugasol)

"I'm excited about our new coach, I hope he can lead us to more titles"

Lakers forward Ron Artest (@ronartest)

"Wow I spoke to coach brown"

Nowhere have  Lamar Odom or Jeanie Buss given any official comment about Brown's hiring despite their frequent Twitter usage. 

Former Cavaliers guard Mo Williams (mogotti25)

"Congrats to mike brown... Lakers won't be sorry for that hiring"

Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert (@cavsdan)

"Congrats to Mike Brown and family on new opportunity in L.A. MB is one of highest character human beings I have ever met. Class all the way"

L.A. Times NBA Columnist Mark Heisler (@MHeislerLATimes)

"REMEMBER RUDY T? MEET RUDY II: Mike Brown as same mistake Jimbo made it '04, only this one may not bail in 3 months, leaving $27 mill behind" 

"NOT THAT JIMBO ISN'T UP TO THIS: In one week in '96, Jerry West got Shaq & Kobe... In one week in '11, West went to GS and Jimbo Era began" 


"NOT THAT IT'S ALL OVER (YET)--But guess who'll be making all those key personnel decisions?... Whole sordid story in our Thursday paper."

L.A. Times Lakers beat reporter Mike Bresnahan (Mike_Bresnahan)

"It's (practically) official. Consider me surprised. Very. RT @BA_Turner: Mike Brown to Lakers...$4.5 mill a year, 3 yrs, team option for 4th

"Kobe confused by hiring of Mike Brown, had no comment when reached by The Times. He would've endorsed Brian Shaw."

"Lakers release statement saying they're "very impressed" by Brown + have "outline for agreement in place." Contract 2B signed w/i a few days"

L.A. Times Lakers beat reporter Broderick Turner (@BA_Turner)

"Mike Brown to Lakers, when he agrees to contract, $4 to-$4.5 mill a year. 3 years, team option for fourth year, accouring to NBA people." 

"Got to admit, Lakers surprised me with decision to hire Mike Brown. Jim Buss all the way in this"

L.A. Times Clippers beat reporter Lisa Dillman (@reallisa)

"Money quote from Mo, about Mike Brown taking bullet for his players. “Oh man. He’ll take it,” Williams said. "Without a bulletproof vest on”"

"See that Mike Brown trending in Canada, Italy, Spain & Philippines. Waiting for Germany, France & South American countries to get w/program." 

Photo: Former Cleveland Cavaliers Coach Mike Brown, who has agreed to become coach of the Lakers, is known for his direct coaching style. Credit: Tony Dejak / Associated Press / February 18, 2010. Sports Illustrated NBA reporter Sam Amick (@sam_amick)

"Lakers and Mike Brown are close to finalizing their deal. Have to admit I'm shocked with how quickly it went his way."

NBA TV analyst Greg Anthony (@GregAnthony50)

"Jim Buss did not want anything to do with anything that had to do with #PhilJackson Thus Brian Shaw got the Shaft...just talking bout Shaft"

ESPN The Magazine's NBA reporter Chris Broussard (@ChrisBroussard)

"Kobe on board with hiring of Brown, has great respect for him, according to sources." 

"LATimes reports some say Kobe confused by MBrown hiring. I've been told he respects Brown, but I haven't talked to Kobe directly. We'll see." 

Orange County Register Lakers beat reporter Janis Carr (@janiscarr)

Wow. Soon-to-be Lakers coach Mike Brown is a higher TT than @KimKardashian. And he doesn't even have a ring.

Orange County Register's Lakers beat reporter Kevin Ding (@KevinDing)

"What Mike Brown means: fresh voice, intensity on D, Artest/Bynum opportunties, Jim Buss' break from Phil." 

"Mike Brown's contract is not completely done yet. He won't officially be Lakers coach until perhaps Tuesday."

710 ESPN's Beto Duran (@DuranLA)

"Enough with overreacting to Lakers hiring Mike Brown. It's Oprah last show!"

Fox Sports West's Michael Eaves (@michaeleaves)

"He's a good coach.. Only time will tell if he's right choice for LA RT @Lmg11455@michaeleaves u like m brown, u think he keeps cleamons?"

Pro Basketball Talk's Kurt Helin (@basketballtalk)

"All Brown has to do is fill the shoes of Phil Jackson and appease a fan base that isn't happy unless Lakers win two NBA titles a season." reporter Scott Howard-Cooper (@SHowardCooper)

"Said all along Buss history of coaching hires made predicting impossible -- and I'm still surprised. Imagine Lakers fans more like letdown."

"Agree with @lazenby that no way Buss makes this call without Kobe being on board. Jerry Buss, though. Jim Buss, all bets are off." 

"Love the mentions about next Lakers coach as cost-saving move. ANY hire is saving after Phil at $10M. Could have hired Doc or Pop and saved."

"Jerry Buss told me 10 months ago Jim has final say on about 80% of decisions and that calls are being made more often w/out consulting dad." 

"Lakers didn't have to make Kobe a consultant on coaching hire. But they had to let him know decision. Respect for franchise player."

ESPN Los Angeles Lakers bloggers Andrew and Brian Kamenetzky (@espnlandolakers

"If the Lakers do in fact hire Mike Brown, it would be imperative they bring back Ira Newble. AK #KnowsTheSystem

"Great comment from LO'L chat currently underway, re: Jim Buss taking over: This is turning into the plot from Tommy Boy. AK" 

"@bryanboatman one reason Shaw is popular is because he's a blank slate, and fans can project all sorts of good things on to him. BK" 

"@chrisram88 Initially skeptical, but trying to learn more and keep an open mind. BK" 

"We'll know it's a paradigm shift for the Lakers if it turns out Andrew Bynum was consulted before hiring Mike Brown. AK" 

"@forumbluegold It's also more practical to have the conversation. To risk alienating Kobe over something like this is pointless. AK"

"The conversation isn't about kissing Kobe's a--. It's about putting out fires before they even start. AK"

"@TheLakersFreak I don't think feeling a need to talk w/Kobe is problematic. Again, not getting his approval, just showing respect. AK" 

"@TheLakersFreak He doesn't "need" to. But if he'd like the company to run as smoothly as possible, he should do it anyway. AK" 

"@TheLakersFreak Is Jim Buss more intent on proving he's running the show, or having the transition to go as smooth as possible? AK" 

"@TheLakersFreak Dunno if it's a big problem, either. But it "could" be, and in the meantime, easily avoidable. So why not do it? AK" 

"@TheLakersFreak Put it this way: Lotta upside w/ keeping Kobe informed, even w/o a "vote." Can you think of any upside in not? AK" 

"@robbyrobbass I still have my questions, but after talking to some people feel much better about him now than I did before... BK" 

Cavs: The Blog's John Krolik (@johnkrolik)

"Laker fans know that having Gasol, Bynum, and Odom as the 2/3/4 players gives MB more options than Mo/Varejao/Corpse of Shaq, right?"

"The real Mike Brown team was the 2008-09 roster. Brown failed to manage the 09-10 frankenfrontcourt created by panic moves."

"Brown can coach an offense, but he's never had to try and coach one with the kind of players the Lakers have."

"@forumbluegold He averaged 63.5 wins in his last two years. Shouldn't be a shock he's not completely incompetent."

"Still kind of in a state of shock about the Mike Brown/Lakers thing. I won't fully believe it until I see him spitting in that cup in LA."

Lakers author Roland Lazenby (@lazenby)

"So Mike Brown is the next Jim Buss disaster?" 

"Mike Brown is a good coach. Question is, can Jim Buss run an organization? We'll see."

"Funny, I've never heard any pronouncements from any basketball folks about how much they respect Jim Buss. Not even peoples on his payroll." 

"Internal complaints about Jim Buss hiring RudyT were that he just did it without consulting others in the organization. Same true this time?" 

"You can understand Jerry Buss as a father wanting his son to find some place in life, to do well. But not here. Not now. Not the Lakers." 

"Good thing the Lakers got swept. Imagine how hard it would be for Jim Buss if Phil Jackson had left a really sizzling stage as a follow act" 

"The Lakers' move toward Brown has to be a blow to Derek Fisher." 

"Mike Brown hire indicates just how much Busses despise Phil. No way they would hire Shaw, a PJ protege. That would give Phil some influence" 

"I don't see Mike Brown as a bad hire, per se. But watching Chicago at the end last night emphasizes that defense alone doesn't win titles." 

"Lakers fans had better get used to trusting Jim Buss. He's got the keys to the machine. It's his franchise to drive into the sunset." 

"The hard part for Lakers fans is they have emotional ownership of the franchise, but Jim Buss has the title and deed." 

"I'm guessing Phil Jackson has spent the day consoling Jeanie Buss and trying to calm her frustration." 

"One thing's certain. With Jim Buss driving while blind behind the wheel of the Lakers, tranquilizer use and therapy sessions will soar in LA" 

"Another thing that's clear: Jim Buss has gained so much knowledge about NBA personnel matters that he decided to cut loose Ronnie Lester" 

"If Jim Buss is making most of the Lakers decisions, it must have been his call to lay off all of the franchise's long-term loyal employees" 

"Have to give him this: Jim Buss can stir more drama than any quiet man in America. Brown hire should be ok. It's just how he goes about it" 

"A Phil Jackson friend said the franchise would descend into chaos once Phil was gone. Lakers laying off the support staff might be the start" 

"I would point out that @JeanieBuss has been silent on the developing news, but what is there for her to say at this point?" 

"Pretty amazing how determined the Busses are to erase Phil's imprimatur and influence. Not even a "farewell" and "nice job" from father/son" 

"Brown does have a history of collaboration with LeBron, until LeBron decided collaboration wasn't what was needed." 

"Morale at the Lakers has to be low. First, Jim Buss lays off the support staff in the midst of a playoff series. ... Now he acts solo again." 

"Phil Jackson spent his entire tenure with the Lakers trying to limit the influence of Magic Johnson. He targeted the wrong foe, it seems." 

"Ronnie Lester was a Buss guy, not a Phil guy. Who knows? Jim Buss has always wondered what's the fuss about scouting. Just ask the barkeep." 

"Lakers fans may not have paid much mind to Jim Buss. But yesterday he got their attention. It's his show now." 

"If Jim Buss is half as smart as his old man, the Lakers should be a'ight. Problem is, he probably isn't." 

"One thing Mike Brown will not do is intimidate Jim Buss. That makes for a comfy Jimmy but a problematic mix for a veteran Lakers roster .... Big Chief Triangle, of course, intimidated Jim Buss just by breathing." 

Sports Illustrated's NBA blogger Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_SI)

"Mike Brown's worst coaching moment was '10 Boston series. Mitigating: 1) BOS really good; 2) Front line constructed last minute."

"Folks I talked to day almost universally said Brown needs a great staff. Can say that about anybody, though, I guess." 

photo: The Lakers have agreed to hire former Cleveland Cavaliers Coach Mike Brown as their new head coach. Credit: Doug Pensinger / Getty Images / January 8, 2010. ESPN Los Angeles columnist Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi)

"Not often a team replaces a coach with the highest winning % with a coach with the 5th highest winning % and gets hammered for it."

"Mike Brown has a .663 winning percentage in the regular season. Red Auerbach: .662, Pat Riley: .636, Rick Adelman: .605." 

"Lots of Lakers fans want a "championship" coach but Popovich & Rivers are only active coaches with NBA titles now." 

"Last time the Lakers chased a "championship" coach to replace Phil Jackson they hired Rudy Tomjanovich."

"Mike Brown’s record in five seasons as a head coach is 272-138. Doc Rivers’ record in his first 8 seasons as a head coach was 273-312."

"Didn't think Kobe would pick the next Lakers coach but I'm surprised he wasn't at least consulted."

ESPN Los Angeles' Lakers beat reporter Dave McMenamin (@mcten)

"Mike Brown has had a Forrest Gump-like bball journey: On the floor for Mutombo crying, Malice @ Palace, LeBron's 25 straight pts vs DET ..." 

"Mike Brown facts: His NBA career began as a video coordinator with the Denver Nuggets in 1992" 

"Mike Brown facts: He went to Wurzburg American High School in Germany and later the University of San Diego where he played basketball" 

"Mike Brown facts: He has LAL ties from coaching Ron Artest w/ Chuck Person in IND and having Shannon Brown & Trey Johnson on his team in CLE" 

"Mike Brown facts: He broadcast a Lakers game for ESPN 3D in PHX this year and sat in front of me, blocking my view of the game. Ha"

"Bengals owner Mike Brown said "We want a football player" re: Ochocinco. Will LAL's MB say "We want a basketball player" re: LO's TV gig?"

ESPN The Magazine's NBA writer Chris Palmer (@thechrispalmer)

"Mike Brown doesn't feel altogether right for me in LA. Given the choice I would have hired Brian Shaw."

"The Lakers are big and slow. Mike Brown loves to grind it out. Let the Slowtime Era in LA begin."

Hoopsworld's Eric Pincus (@EricPincus)

"Yeah Rudy T was overpaid by the Lakers back then - but he was a championship coach - I think it's time to let that one go." 
"I can't say if Jim Buss is or isn't ready to lead the Lakers like his father - odds are slim anyone has as much success as Jerry B"

"Just because Jerry West and Phil Jackson - 2 giants at their positions - don't endorse Jim - doesn't mean they're right"
"Jim Buss may not lead the Lakers well - but he might - I can't say either way. I don't jump to conclusions." 

"But if Jimmy championed Bynum - that's not necessarily a bad thing. I'm over Rudy T. What else is there to go by?"  

"When it comes to coaching in the modern NBA I think Brown far better equipped than Rudy was at that point however" 

"The big question is - can Brown command respect - Rudy didn't at the time. Not sure yet either way on Mike. Many skeptical too" 

"If it's true that Jim Buss has had a bigger say since about 2004 - Lakers have done pretty well in that stretch - is that independent?"

"All I'm saying - the odds of Jim being as good as Jerry = slim. A lot of detractors naturally. But the reality? Unwritten as of yet."

ESPN Los Angeles columnist Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne)

"If you're not already convinced Lakers want to move on from Jackson era, consider this: Phil has not spoken to Jim/Jerry since season ended" 

"@KJSCV Thanks Ken. I wanna see Mike and hear what he has to say before giving a full opinion. I remain very open-minded on the hire" 

"@JulianNewman Jim's following his instincts. Just not a long-enough track record to know how much confidence that shud give you :)"

DirecTV's Andrew Siciliano (@AndrewSiciliano)

"If Byron Scott had only waited one more year..."'s Bill Simmons (@sportsguy33)

"Wait, the Lakers didn't hire Dunleavy? I just lost 35 columns over the next 3 years! This is an outrage!!!"'s NBA writer Marc Stein (@Stein_Line_HQ)

"Mike Brown was heavy favorite for GSW job. Then Lakers swooped in on Brown. But Dubs hired Laker legend Jerry West first. Think they'll cope"

"Van Gundy best fit presence- and personality-wise. Adelman fits better style-wise. For my money Lakers got third-best choice in terms of fit"

ESPN analyst/writer Michael Wilbon (@RealMikeWilbon)

"Mike Brown is Jimmy Buss's choice for coach and younger Buss loves Bynum...wonder if this means no way he deals Bynum for Dwight Howard?"

"Also apparently there will be no triangle w/out Brian Shaw as coach. Wonder how Kobe feels about no triangle, no B. Shaw?"


Yahoo! Sports NBA writer Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA)

"Don't expect Kobe Bryant to have an immediate public reaction to Mike Brown's hiring. He will let Lakers introduce new coach."

"Mike Brown expected to make bid for well-regarded Dallas assistant Tim Grgurich to join Lakers staff, sources say. They're close friends."

"Lakers assistant Chuck Person has good relationship with Brown back to Pacers days. "That could help Mike's transition," says league exec."

Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano (@forumbluegold)

"In the end, I have mixed emotions but can support this move & see its merits. There are concerns, but would be w/ any replacement for PJax."

"One thing I'm truly interested in is who is on Brown's staff."

"I'm not sure what to make of reports that Kobe wasn't "consulted" before Brown hiring. On the one hand, you'd want him on board beforehand.

"OTOH, Kobe had already publically endorsed Shaw & asking his thoughts on someone other than him puts you in a bind if he disapproves."

"I still think you need to ask him what his thoughts are, but that's a tough conversation if both sides have already made up their minds."

"@jeffskibiski I agree with that. Management should at least have the courtesey of talking, but w/ no guarantees of acting on input." 

Silver Screen and Roll's DexterFishmore (@dexterfishmore)

"Lotta people telling me today that Mike Brown's a good coach. Zero people were saying this a year ago."

"Gotta love all the Cavs and ex-Cavs endorsing the Mike Brown hire. "You know that coach we totally quit on? You're gonna love him!"

"Laker fans hope all pens stolen 'before then.' RT @latimeslakersLakers hope to sign contract with Mike Brown 'within the next few days.'"

"Rumors about top assistants joining Brown remind me of when USC hired Kiffin. "You may not like ME, but look at these fancy coordinators!""

"Mike Brown was the blog community's punching bag for YEARS. Now it's, "You know, Mike Brown's actually a good coach!" Cognitive dissonance." 

Lakers Nation (@LakersNation)

"The Mike Brown hire is like getting dumped by an awful girlfriend. Sure you know it might be a good thing but at the time it seems lousy."

"Obviously the interview was brief but I like Brown's enthusiasm and desire to get to work. Can't argue with that."  

"Speculation: @Lazenby is extremely upset with the way Jim Buss is handling the Lakers"

"Lots of controversy over whether or not the Lakers should have consulted Kobe before hiring Mike Brown. What are your thoughts?" 

"Heard interesting idea this afternoon on Doug Gottlieb's radio show: Lakers understand that Kobe's dwindling and they're looking to move on." 

"Not immediately, but they're starting to look to the future. No doubt Kobe's age and mileage will soon become an issue." 

"Personally I think it would have been a good idea to consult Kobe, but it's not ownership's responsibility to consult with players."

 --Mark Medina

E-mail the Lakers blog at

Top photo: People within the Lakers organization have not said much publicly about the team's decision to hire Mike Brown as its new coach. Credit: Matt Sullivan / Getty Images / April 18, 2009

Middle photo: Former Cleveland Cavaliers Coach Mike Brown, who has agreed to become coach of the Lakers, is known for his direct coaching style. Credit: Tony Dejak / Associated Press / February 18, 2010.

Bottom photo: The Lakers have agreed to hire former Cleveland Cavaliers Coach Mike Brown as their new head coach. Credit: Doug Pensinger / Getty Images / January 8, 2010.

E-mail the Lakers blog at