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Mo Williams endorses Lakers' hiring of Mike Brown

May 25, 2011 |  3:04 pm

Lhtkagnc Mo Williams thought it was a major mistake when Cleveland dismissed coach Mike Brown a year ago and  criticized the Cavaliers for making the move.

 Williams, the Clippers’ starting point guard, remains just as supportive of Brown now that the Lakers have agreed to hire him to succeed Phil Jackson.

 “There’s going to be pressure on him,” Williams said Wednesday in a telephone interview with The Times. “But he’s dealt with pressure for five years in Cleveland. So pressure is nothing new to him. The pressure in Cleveland has prepared him for the ultimate pressure of coaching the Lakers.”

 Williams was crushed by the back-to-back blows:  Brown’s dismissal and the departure of LeBron James. Williams and James were teammates for two seasons in Cleveland.

 “His departure was the biggest loss that we had outside of LeBron,” said Williams, who came to the Clippers in the Baron Davis deal at the trade deadline. “I thought he had his footprint on that organization and on our team. Defensively I can’t think of anyone better.

 “I think it’s a great hire. Mike Brown in my opinion is one of the top coaches in the NBA.”

 Williams thought that Brown would work effectively with a veteran team.

 “With Mike Brown’s mentality, with his approach to the game, he’s going to be good for them,” Williams said. “He knows how to prepare veteran teams, when he’s got guys up in age and needs their rest.

 “And at the same time, even though you are a veteran, he still coaches you. He still teaches you. With Mike I could go on and on about him. I was vocal about the departure in Cleveland because of one reason: He’s a great coach.”

 Williams and others have described Brown as someone who would stand up for his players, that he would take the heat, or a bullet, if you will.

 “Oh man. He’ll take it,” Williams said, laughing. “Without a bulletproof vest on.”


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Photo: Los Angeles Clippers guard Mo Williams. Credit: Mark L. Baer / US Presswire