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Mike Brown on ESPN regarding Lakers' coaching gig: "I'm here to continue to try to help this organization carve a championship path that has already been laid"

Photo: Mike Brown was named the Lakers' Coach Wednesday and spoke to ESPN at halftime of the Thunder-Mavericks game. Credit: Associated Press Below are Mike Brown's comments when he appeared on ESPN Wednesday at halftime of the Thunder-Mavericks game

On replacing Phil Jackson

"No disrespect to Phil at all. I've respected everything that he's done, but I'm here to continue to try to help this organization carve a championship path that has already been laid. I'm excited about that opportunity. I know I'm not going to fill -- like [Jon Barry] said, 'Fill his Ronald McDonald shoes' or something like that. But I am excited to carve my own path with this team going forward."

On if he has talked to Kobe Bryant

"Kobe and I have exchanged texts tonight. I imagine we will get on the phone at one point or another. He was busy with his family at one point and so was I so we weren't able to hook up by phone. I'm a big family guy, so what you can expect from a Coach Brown team is a family atmosphere and a defensive minded team. As you all know, I thrive and love that end of the floor because I believe that's what can help you win championships. I want a hard-working team. But I want a team-first team. Those are the type of things you'll see from my group of guys."

On how coaching LeBron James will affect how he coaches Bryant

"There's a lot that I learned not only from LeBron but from the other players I was fortunate enough to work with and coach here in Cleveland. But they're both great competitors when talking of Kobe and LeBron. But I'm not going to compare the two because they're two different guys. Obviously I don't know Kobe as well, but I'm looking forward to getting to know Kobe and being able to be with him to go get us a championship because that's the level of expectations that you have being a Laker. Kobe is a Hall of Famer. We all know that. We all know the amount of rings that he has. To me, that's special and it just adds the chemistry when you're trying to forge and go out to get another one."

If his brand of basketball can be exciting in L.A.

"I believe we can be exciting. I say that because I thought we were exciting in Cleveland. My first few years if you go back and take a look at it, we laid a foundation defensively because I thought that team needed to have an identity. I didn't think that identity was laid. That was the direction we went in terms of how much time we spent and practiced on that end of the floor. But as the years went along, we opened it up to some degree. But my last two years, we were a top five defensive team. Not a lot of people took a look on the other side of the ball. We were a top five offensive team in field goal percentage and we were up there in points per game. I'm excited about getting to L.A. and starting the process with the guys. I'm going to sit back and listen to what they have to say because I do have a plan and I feel confident about the plan I have on that end of the floor."

--Mark Medina

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

Photo: Mike Brown was named the Lakers' Coach Wednesday and spoke to ESPN at halftime of the Thunder-Mavericks game. Credit: Associated Press

 
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Thanks for the transcripts. Can't wait to hear about his staff.

Meanwhile, Bron on Brown to LAL via NBA.com [ http://on.nba.com/laujAt ]:

"I think it's great; Mike Brown is a great coach. He brought us success that we hadn't had before in that city, and it started with his defensive concepts. He brought in a defensive mindset that we didn't have. Fifty-plus wins, he was coach of the year, he got us to the (NBA) finals, won us the Eastern Conference finals ... because of him and his coaching staff. I respect him. He definitely helped me become who I am today."

What's done is done. Onward and upward, Laker Nation!

By the way, MM, I'm completely firewalled at work. Can't log on via TypePad. So consider me retired for real, I guess. :)

No real problem with Brown. Probably the best/only mix of youth and experience available. Mike this isn't Cleveland. If you thought the spotlight was bright coaching lebron, shield your eyes because you're about to stare into the basketball sun. This is the land of hall of famers, ball giants, 16 banners, the most dominant organization in the sport for the last 30 years. Take a look at the Western conference trophy presentation, look at how the mavs are pawing at it, and forget it! Only one rule around here Mike: Win titles or get fired. I wish you luck.

Mike Brown is a good guy.

But he's about the walk into a buzz saw.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

Re Brown & Kobe.

I really don't see a problem. Kobe is one of the smartest players in the history of the game.

Bryant knows this is the perfect opportunity to disprove critics who often credit PJax & the triangle for his rings. Shaw = triangle, i.e., Jackson cont.

If Kobe & co. win an O'Brien or two sans triangle/Phil, Bryant's greatness will standalone. Even more so than Jordan, who never won w/out Jackson.

You can bet Brown will sell it.

He talks a good talk. Let's see if he can walk at all.

But one thing remains the same:

GO LAKERS!!!

Wow, this is scary I actually agree with Plaschke that Brown was the wrong move.

What does this mean? If Plaschke is against it does it mean it was actually the right decision, or is even Palschke right once in a while?

I post therefore I am.

DBDH here...

New format is wack.

Peace.

DBDH!

Still wack.

DBDH!

@LT - Brown has definitely landed on his feet. I think he will be very good for Drew's career. Now its up to the FO to build the team around the type of players he want. Kupchak took a lot of heat for some of the signings last year like Theo and Blake. But those were the type of players Phil wanted for his system. I know Mike Brown prefers more athletic players like Moon and Delonte West.

What a HORRIBLE move by the Lakers! Brown couldn't win the title with the BEST player in the league with LeBron James, what makes the Buss family think he can win with KOBE?!!! Here's what Brown is good at - ride a superstar to let him carry the team throughout the regular season. You'll get a good record and home-court advantage in the playoffs. Only problem? That style DOES NOT WORK in the playoffs! In the post-season, you need a clevel coach that can make adjustments and outcoach the opponent. Mike Brown CANNOT do that! That's why he never won a title with the best player in the game. The opponents just shut down the superstar and Brown can't make adjustments where his other guys are making plays. He NEVER makes the opponent pay for double or triple teaming, can never figure out what the other team is doing, is just plain HORRIBLE in the post-season. Supposedly he's a "defensive expert" but that didn't stop Doc Rivers from DESTROYING him or Stan Van Gundy for that matter. Not to mention his old boss Pop who SCHOOLED him in a sweep! This move is worse than when we hired Rudy T. to coach us. Look what happened there. Brown couldn't control LeBron, you think he can control Kobe?!! Kobe is INFINITELY more uncoachable, even Phil Jackson said it! Lakers, you screwed up our team AGAIN! Fire Brown and hire a REAL coach!!!

Here's my take on Mike Brown. Definitely not in my top three, and I don't think he's a good fit. But now that he's our coach, he's got my support, and I'm going to give him the benefit of the doubt. Let's see what kinds of moves he's going to make, first with his selection of his coaching staff, which I think will be very telling.

As for trades, I'm guessing that's going to be in Jim Buss's hands a lot more than Mike Brown's or even Mitch's. In fact, this whole decision looks to me like a changing of the guard in the Buss dynasty, with Jerry turning the reins over to Jim. If so, Laker Tom should be doing backflips with joy, because that means this team is going to be rebuilt around Bynum, not Kobe. My guess is that Jim is going to go all in to prove that his bet on Bynum was a good one. And I would not be at all shocked if Jimbo let's Kobe know how it's going to be now.

Good luck, coach...you're going to need it. And I'm going to be rooting for you.

CornerJ,

re: As for trades, I'm guessing that's going to be in Jim Buss's hands a lot more than Mike Brown's or even Mitch's. In fact, this whole decision looks to me like a changing of the guard in the Buss dynasty, with Jerry turning the reins over to Jim. If so, Laker Tom should be doing backflips with joy, because that means this team is going to be rebuilt around Bynum, not Kobe. My guess is that Jim is going to go all in to prove that his bet on Bynum was a good one. And I would not be at all shocked if Jimbo let's Kobe know how it's going to be now.

my response:

Letting Sasha go was not Phil's call. It was a management call. I believe Jim
Buss was responsible. Yes, I do believe that Jim will go all in to prove that
his call on Bynum was the right one. And *THAT* is problematic because
the league has changed. Bynum *seems* SLOW and I am unsure of his
commitment to defense.

Just imagine that the Lakers completely revamp the team with players who
want to get the ball into Bynum. And while Bynum is getting all of the shots
the Lakers keep losing because we got rid of all of our 3-pt shooters.

Oh, well. It's done. Interested to see how it plays out.

MM,
Is there any way to find out what Andrew Bynum is up to so far during this offseason and perhaps what his plans are?

For example, last season we knew he would attend the world cup and then go get surgery. A few seasons before that we knew he was going to Atlanta to train.

If winning a title is the goal, then regardless of who's coaching, the Lakers need SUPERSTAR Bynum (we've seen this Bynum maybe once his whole career) to emerge.

I wouldn't be too quick to place all blame on Jimmy B for the Lakers woes from a player standpoint.
Phil stated in an interview that all the personnel decisions went through him.

As for Buss wanting to keep Bynum for his legacy, maybe, maybe not.
Trading Bynum for Howard would still reflect very positively on Jim Buss because it would mean he made a draft pick that ended up getting Howard and if he could engineer that type of trade it would be a coup for him unless Howard turned into a pumpkin (not likely).

Would a team really make trades without talking to the head coach about it?
That just doesn't make sense.

Mason & Ireland said that Jim Buss told them that “no one is incapable of being traded” and the focus of that comment was about Bynum.

We shall see...

Tim-4-Show - Good question. He talked in general terms during his exit interview that he's injury free and that he plans to work on his game more this summer so that he's more comfortable handling double teams. I've actually talked to a few publicists already about arranging time this offseason to shoot video of a players' respective workout regiment. But it'll be based on their interest and availability. Keep in mind that though the past 2 1/2 weeks have felt like an eternity, the Lakers were eliminated fairly shortly. Most of the guys are resting up their bodies right now. The real work will start later on. But that's definitely something I'm trying to pursue


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