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Mike Brown brings enthusiasm to introductory press conference

Photo: From left to right, Jim Buss, Mike Brown, Jerry Buss and Mitch Kupchak at Brown's introductory news conference Tuesday. Credit: Lucy Nicholson / Reuters. Below are the highlights from the comments made by Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak and Coach Mike Brown at Tuesday's news conference.

Kupchak's timeline on hiring Brown

--A week following the Lakers regular season, Kupchak said, the coaching search began.

--Kupchak said he interviewed "several" candidates informally and then interviewed three candidates, including Mike Brown, Brian Shaw and one unnamed (likely Rick Adelman).

Each interview with ownership lasted two to three hours and "were done in great detail."

Kupchak said the decision to hire Brown was partly based on the interview and his resume, including leading the Cavaliers to two Eastern Conference finals appearances, an NBA Finals appearance and being named league coach of the year (2008-09).

From Mike Brown

--Called the head coaching experience a "tremendous opportunity."

--Jerry Buss, Jim Buss and Lakers forward Matt Barnes were in attendance.

--"My goal is to continue the course and continue to help build upon the very strong championship foundation that has been laid here already. I have great respect for Phil Jackson and all his accomplishments. I don't know what size shoe he wears, but I'm not looking to fill his shoes."

"My responsibility for the Los Angeles Lakers is to provide a platform for this organization to achieve maximum success."

"I'll define the culture. I'll define roles and I'll hold people accountable."Brown said the makeup of the culture will involve trust, communication, defense and a no-excuses mentality, family environment and determined work ethic.

Brown said he talked to Barnes, Derek Fisher and his wife Candace, Pau Gasol, Andrew Bynum's mom, Ron Artest, and Kobe Bryant and his wife Vanessa (including by phone, text and in person).

He said he talked to Bryant about family, last year's team and what Brown's beliefs were. "I thought the meeting in person as well as conversations on the phone went very well."

"I don't know Coach Jackson on a personal basis so I can't say what's the difference between us. I know he's older than me and made more money than me, so I'm not sure."

On the triangle offense: "We're not going to run the triangle offense, but we will have bits and pieces of it to incorporate." He said he'll base his offense on when he was an assistant coach for San Antonio. "You have to tailor your offense to your personnel."

On assembling a coaching staff: He said he will talk with Kupchak in finalizing the list. "Right now there's nobody ruled out."

Brown said he hasn't talked "in depth" with Kupchak about the current roster. "These guys are very strategic and very methodical, which is what I like."

Brown said Ettore Messina may be a part of his coaching staff.

On coaching LeBron James and Kobe Bryant: "They're two different players and two different people."

On some of the public thinking he's not fit for the job: "Everyone is entitled to their opinion. I respect that. Everyone has jobs to do. Winning will cure all that."

On coaching LeBron James: "I felt like my time with LeBron was very productive."

Brown's philosophies on defense: Shrink the floor. Don't give up drives. Give multiple effort and finishing with contesting.

On Kobe's role: "This is still his team. Kobe is Kobe. He has five titles and is one of the greatest ever. His role will not change. We'll make sure he'll have the ball in the sweet spots he likes to have it."

He said he will hold players accountable by being open to bench players, calling timeouts and point out mistakes in the film room.

He said he will give guys "ownership" in the changes to the team, but that he will make the "final decision."

-- Mark Medina

Email the Lakers blog at mgmedin@gmail.com

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Photo: From left to right, Jim Buss, Mike Brown, Jerry Buss and Mitch Kupchak at Brown's introductory news conference Tuesday. Credit: Lucy Nicholson / Reuters.

 
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Mr. Medina- once again got to give you credit, that was basically summerised version of the whole 2 hour conference, which I bet you had to sit trough or have to watch it on video because the other Lakers collumnists such as Bill Plas... yeah him... so yeah very nicely dont, short sweet and to the point!

I hate when these people give general and meaningless answeres such as this "My responsibility for the Los Angeles Lakers is to provide a platform for this organization to achieve maximum success."

or how about this one...
My goal is to continue the course and continue to help build upon the very strong championship foundation that has been laid here already. I have great respect for Phil Jackson and all his accomplishments. I don't know what size shoe he wears, but I'm not looking to fill his shoes."

is Mike interviewing for Manager spot at Best Buy or Target? It litteraly feels like his giving answeres to interview questions... lol

... such as Bill Plaschek got to go and not you... lol sry cut and paste and insert hehehe to the above post!

Good presser, could not hear questions, only answers so some was left to the imagination but still...Coach Brown did not hurt himself, metaphorically speaking, with his answers. I am excited, new blood can be a good thing. I expect to see a "motivated" team or as Coach said, 15 angry men.
Is it Oct. yet?

Perhaps that should be "figuratively"...anyway, not literally.

I was very impressed by what Mike Brown said during his introductory press conference. I thought he said all the right things. He showed his excitement for the opportunity to join the Lakers. He showed his respect for Phil Jackson. He reassured Kobe Bryant that this was still his team. But most importantly, I love the idea of his reprising the same Twin Towers offense that Pops used when Mike was an assistant at San Antonio in Tim Duncan’s and David Robinson’s championship years.
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TOM


Ding Dong the Triangle's dead
Which Triangle
That PJ Triangle
Ding Dong the obsolete Triangle's dead

Thank You Mike Brown

On the triangle offense: "We're not going to run the triangle offense, but we will have bits and pieces of it to incorporate." He said he'll base his offense on when he was an assistant coach for San Antonio. "You have to tailor your offense to your personnel."

"Tailor you offense to your personnel"
finally an intelligent take for this Laker team

LakerTom,

you wrote: But most importantly, I love the idea of his reprising the same Twin Towers offense that Pops used when Mike was an assistant at San Antonio in Tim Duncan’s and David Robinson’s championship years.

my response: I guess we're not trading anyone for a good PG. :)

I, too, enjoyed the presser. As I stated in a previous thread, I thought Coach Brown was very confident in his coaching abilities and has a definite belief in his vision. I can appreciate his self-assured manner in which he articulated his responses. Looking forward to the future......

Still nothing but ominous silence from The Kobester.

WOW!!!! What a freakin contrast from Phil Jackson! Mike Brown was concise, clear and most importantly ...........accountable!

The best quote from the Coach Brown............."I'll define the culture. I'll define roles and I'll hold people accountable."

When I think of Phil Jackson we had a culture of scapegoating...........no roles were defined..................and no accountability.

Mike Brown is defining roles and holding people accountable................What will Luke Walton do?


@HOBBITMAGE ... LOL. I wouldn’t bet on it yet but I will trust whatever direction the Lakers front office decides to take. I still question whether Pau has enough of a heart to remain in purple and gold but if Jim, Jerry, and Mitch think so, who am I to think I know better.
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TOM


@HOBBITMAGE ... LOL. I wouldn’t bet on it yet but I will trust whatever direction the Lakers front office decides to take. I still question whether Pau has enough of a heart to remain in purple and gold but if Jim, Jerry, and Mitch think so, who am I to think I know better.
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TOM

Posted by: LakerTom | May 31, 2011 at 04:42 PM

@LakerTom................You're the freakin LakerTom............that's who you are........your opinion is valid and I for one agree with you.........Pau Gasol is timid, soft and incredibly weak.......

LakerTom,

If he's going the two towers approach, then there's no trading Pau.

fwiw, it still wouldn't surprise me if Pau is traded before Feb. No, I don't think
he should be.

and no, I don't trust Jim Buss. However, I'm willing to be wrong about that and
I'm hoping to be pleasantly surprised. I'm always willing to say I was wrong.
Just like I did about Mitch Kupchak.

Deference will get Mike Brown a long way.

ite lakerz crew I am out,

today was a slow day anyway, Mark didn't even show up...
laterz ya'll


Techa Nina signin out!
GOODBYE!

He sounds confident, positive and focused.

Best of luck to you and the team, Coach Brown.

Thanks to the Buss family for dressing like a couple of slobs. This would be an indication as to how they conducted the interviewing process as well as picking the LEAST qualified coach, all based on 1 interview that apparantly Jimmy heard a lot of "Yes Sir, Boss" to his questions.

This will be an epic failed hire for the Lakers

I'm stoked. No more triangle, the bigs have a bigger role in the offense (as its well past time and should have been all along), attack the clock (meaning a more fast-paced/fastbreak offense and more time to use our various weapons), tailoring the offense to the players and not the other way around, 15 angry men (so the whole team will play in some compacity, not the same 8 guys while the rest languishes/wasted), everyone is held accountable (better be true) and lastly actually calling timeouts was all the things I want to hear from my new coach.

I'm not going to bring up his plans on D because his previous teams stats speaks for him in that area. Actually, I do have one mention about that. I like that it sounds like they're going to try to lock out the paint altogether and get rid of the funneling the guards to the bigs, which is typical D, but the Lakers didn't run with that before now. You theoretically should never want the opposing guard that far into the lane because, as Brown mentioned, too many options for outlet passes and such, plus the potential foul trouble you're putting your bigs into.

One thing that concerns me: I didn't notice at the time but did when I read the recap...Has Coach Brown talked to LO? Of all the major Lakers mentioned, I don't remember him saying he's talked to him. Please tell me they're not trading LO. Even for a decent to good point guard and shooter, I'd prefer to keep him. I'd much prefer to trade Gasol for what's needed than LO. Again, I hate to keep being on Gasol's case but I just don't like pampering and with Gasol, it just seems we'd constantly have to work to keep him motivated.

As an add-on, too bad Jordan Farmar had not been patient for one more year as he would've done a lot better with what Brown has in mind for the Lakers. Ariza also would've really benefitted from this more fastbreak approach.

Not sold.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!!!

The Jim Buss Anthem

Sung to the melody of the "Beverly Hillbillies"

Come and listen to a story bout a man named Jim
A millionaire’s kid who sometimes hit the skids
And then one day upon inheriting the team
A light came on about his Laker legacy

Well the next thing you know ole Jim is self aware
Jimbo says get PJ outta here
Coach Mike Brown is the place we wanna be
So he threw out all that Zen BS it's time to play some D

Defense that is, No Triangles, Rap Music, or Movie Stars

@HOBBITMAGE … I trust Jim Buss because I don’t think Jerry would have turned over the reins to the day-to-day stuff to him if he didn’t think he was ready and it still sounds like it’s Jerry and Mitch are still actively involved in all the big decisions. I also thought Jim came across smart and sincere in his interview with T.J. As for trading Pau, it wouldn’t break my heart either way. I will leave it up to the front office. I have no doubt that the team will think this situation through very carefully and they obviously will get to the bottom of any real problems. Until Phil’s book, it will all remain a mystery. Like you, I would love to be wrong about Pau and have him bounce back and play like he is capable. That’s what separates real Lakers fans from Fakers fans IMO. No real Lakers fan wants his worries or concerns to turn out to be real. We would rather eat lots of crow and have our team win titles.
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TOM


sheesh Jim looks like the guy that pumps my gas down the street.... and yeah still a Lakers fan even though now in Oregon

It's funny how Jerry wears that looks and makes it work while Jim just looks like he slept in his clothes. lol.

When you’ve been a fan of your favorite franchises for as long as I have been, watching owners pass the torch to their offspring has become almost commonplace. In the last decade alone, I’ve seen the management of my beloved Yankees pass from George Steinbrenner to his son Hank and the day-to-day job of running my beloved 49ers pass from Denise and John York to their son Jed. So watching Jerry Buss turn over the management of the Lakers to his son Jim is nothing new for this fan.

There are lessons to be learned, however, from the challenges and experiences Hank Steinbrenner and Jed York have confronted taking over the reins of two franchises that in their own right have just as storied and legendary histories in their respective sports as the Lakers do in the NBA. While predicting whether Jim Buss will be as good an owner as his father Jerry is impossible, there are some reassuring comparisons with Hank’s and Jed’s experiences that say that Jim Buss will be fine.

First of all, I begin with the point of view that both Hank and Jed have shown promise at being able to attain and sustain the level of excellence that elevated their respective franchises to the pinnacle of their sports. The Yankees may be struggling on the field right now but with the new Yankee stadium and more money than any other baseball franchise, the Yankees will always be a title contender. And with the hiring of Jim Harbaugh as coach, Jed York is looking like the reincarnation of Eddie D.

Second, one off the reasons for their success is that both Hank Steinbrenner and Jed York went through lengthy internships before being thrust into the #1 positions in their organizations, just as Jerry Buss has wisely done with his son Jim. Like the Yankees and 49ers, the Lakers have taken their time and counted on performance honed by experience as the measure to determine when Jim takes over for Jerry. All three organizations have done a good job formulating and executing their plans of transition. The stability to do this is one of the benefits that being a family business provides.

Finally, one trait that seems to have been passed on by owners to their offspring is the wisdom to find and listen to those who have done what you are trying to do and cultivate their advice and influence. Hank has relied primarily on holdovers from his father’s team. Jed has reached out to his uncle Eddie D and many former 49er stars and executives before making the decision to return the 49ers to being an offensive franchise known for its great quarterbacks. And there is no doubt that Jim Buss’ mentor is none other than Jerry himself. I loved the comment by Jim that what he loved most about his job was that he got to talk basketball every day with his best friend. I think the apple didn’t fall far.
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TOM


Thanks everyone. I got a news item from Matt Barnes, who said he's exercising his option to stay. The video from the presser will take a while to upload so expect complete coverage later on late tonight/early tomorrow morning

Brown - "I was in San Antonio for three years, part of a championship team in 2003, and we had two big, skilled seven footers in Tim Duncan and David Robinson. We'll do something similar to what they did ..."

LOVE it.

Makes sense. [ http://bit.ly/jPoCpy ]

Glad he said it.

Lol. Mark Whicker (OCRegister) on Brown's presser [ http://bit.ly/iqyKpa ]:

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For instance, Brown enumerated his three tenets of offense and defense, just to satisfy those who thought he had none of one and six of another.

It is difficult to postulate that James disdained Brown, because that means he must have signed with Miami to fulfill his boyhood dreams of playing for Erik Spoelstra."

There is no indication Brown and Bryant won't get along other than Bryant's inexplicable failure to hire a skywriter to decorate the sky with "I Like Mike."

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Andy Kamenetzky on the lack of Laker players in attendance [ http://es.pn/iez7U6 ]

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"Don't read negatively into the small forward providing the lone presence among players. For starters, a lot of guys are out of town and as much as Matt was there to a show of support for Brown, he also happened to be in the neighborhood after a rehab session. "

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The presser was only announced late yesterday (Monday) afternoon/early evening [tweeted here by Mike Bresnahan http://bit.ly/mK4Q1d ] -- hardly much time for players to rearrange MDW schedules even if they wanted to (attend).

"Second, one off the reasons for their success is that both Hank Steinbrenner and Jed York went through lengthy internships before being thrust into the #1 positions in their organizations ..." Posted by: LakerTom | May 31, 2011 at 06:46 PM

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There's no factual basis to use "Jed York" and "success in the same sentence unless it's "lack thereof" -- yet. I follow the 9ers. There's far too much Fredo and not enough Michael in the would-be Jedi evidence his chronic, disastrous affinity for "Alex Smith" and coliseum applause (e.g., hiring Singletary based on fan reaction to a meaningless season-ending win to another losing season followed, eventually, by more of the same).

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"I loved the comment by Jim that what he loved most about his job was that he got to talk basketball every day with his best friend."

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Absolutely luved that comment too because it was real, spoken from the heart.

I had doubts about Jim, largely because I knew almost-nothing about him.

However, I found nothing doubtworthy about the process of Brown's hire, even though I preferred Adelman. In fact, quite the opposite.

And I preferred Adelman because I'd no idea Brown was under consideration compounded by the terror of Mike Dunleavy, Laker Head Coach.

Vincent Bonsignore (Daily News) reporting how Dr. Buss seems to share certain perceptions [ http://bit.ly/iplwhi & http://bit.ly/iiWemH ] that the price of success finally caught up with the team [ http://bit.ly/kRYhPn ]:


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Looking back, Buss wonders if climbing the NBA mountain for a third consecutive season and advancing to a fourth Final in a row was just too daunting.

"I think what I didn't take into account was how difficult it is to go to the Finals four times in a row," Buss said. "We won it twice, but we'd been in the Finals a year before that. That means we played something like a hundred more games than other people.

"That took a toll."

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Andy Kamenetzky on the lack of Laker players in attendance [ http://es.pn/iez7U6 ]

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"Don't read negatively into the small forward providing the lone presence among players. For starters, a lot of guys are out of town and as much as Matt was there to a show of support for Brown, he also happened to be in the neighborhood after a rehab session. "

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The presser was only announced late yesterday (Monday) afternoon/early evening [tweeted here by Mike Bresnahan http://bit.ly/mK4Q1d ] -- hardly much time for players to rearrange MDW schedules even if they wanted to (attend).

Meanwhile, Kobe already informed ESPNLosAngeles.com’s Dave McMenamin that he has great respect for Brown and is on board with the hiring, despite not being consulted about the choice. [http://es.pn/ley0lN ]

"Second, one off the reasons for their success is that both Hank Steinbrenner and Jed York went through lengthy internships before being thrust into the #1 positions in their organizations ..." Posted by: LakerTom | May 31, 2011 at 06:46 PM

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There's no factual basis to use "Jed York" and "success" in the same sentence unless it's "lack thereof" -- yet. I follow the 9ers. There's far too much Fredo and not enough Michael in the would-be Jedi evidence his chronic, disastrous affinity for "Alex Smith" and coliseum applause (e.g., hiring Singletary based on fan reaction to a meaningless season-ending win in another losing season followed, eventually & predictably, by more of the same).

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"I loved the comment by Jim that what he loved most about his job was that he got to talk basketball every day with his best friend." Posted by: LakerTom | May 31, 2011 at 06:46 PM


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Absolutely luved that comment too because it was real, spoken from the heart.

I had doubts about Jim, largely because I knew almost-nothing about him.

However, there was *nothing* about the process of Brown's hire to justify those doubts, even though I preferred Adelman. In fact, quite the opposite.

Vincent Bonsignore (Daily News) reporting how Dr. Buss apparently shares certain perceptions [ http://bit.ly/iplwhi & http://bit.ly/iiWemH ] regarding the price of success [ http://bit.ly/kRYhPn ]:


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Looking back, Buss wonders if climbing the NBA mountain for a third consecutive season and advancing to a fourth Final in a row was just too daunting.

"I think what I didn't take into account was how difficult it is to go to the Finals four times in a row," Buss said. "We won it twice, but we'd been in the Finals a year before that. That means we played something like a hundred more games than other people.

"That took a toll."

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Sorry for the dupes, cross-post confusion.


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