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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"

May 25, 2011 |  8:00 pm

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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