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Mike Brown brings enthusiasm to introductory press conference

May 31, 2011 |  3:55 pm

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

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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.