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Caught in the Web: Reactions to Mike Brown being hired as Lakers coach

May 26, 2011 |  8:00 am

Photos: Former Cleveland Cavaliers Coach Mike Brown. Credits, from top: Doug Pensinger / Getty Images; Mark Duncan, Associated Press; Tony Dejak / Associated Press -- The L.A. Times' Mike Bresnahan and Broderick Turner report the following nuggets surrounding the Lakers' choice of Mike Brown as the team's head coach: The decision to hire Brown was mostly made by Jim Buss, the team's executive vice president of player personnel  son of owner Jerry Buss; Brown's deal is expected to be worth $4.5 million a season over four years, including a team option, and many in the Lakers' front office were surprised by the hire.

Some more nuggets from Bresnahan and Turner: Brown may not sign a deal until early next week; Brown met Jim Buss on Saturday in Minneapolis and impressed him with a presentation about defensive schemes; people familiar with Kobe Bryant's thinking said he was still pondering the decision; Chuck Person has the best chance to be a part of Brown's coaching staff; and Jim Cleamons will likely interview with the Phoenix Suns to become their defensive coordinator.

-- The Times' Bill Plaschke argues Brown won't be a good fit for the Lakers.

-- The Times' Lisa Dillman details how Brown's arrival means the "demise of the triangle."

-- True Hoop's Henry Abbott explores the myths surrounding Brown. 

--'s David Aldridge explains the philosophy on defense that Brown will bring to the Lakers. 

-- Sports Illustrated's Sam Amick reports that Bryant was "surprised" by the Brown hire and that he was not a part of the decision-making process. 


-- Fox Sports' Sam Amico wonders if Brown will be a pushover. 

-- The Daily News' Vincent Bonsignore believes Jim Buss is completely in charge of basketball-related decisions. 

-- ESPN the Magazine's Chris Broussard details Brown's hire and says it's not likely Brian Shaw will get a head coaching position with the Golden State Warriors. 

-- The Orange County Register's Janis Carr provides a photo slideshow featuring Brown's career.

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding argues Brown actually would be a good fit.

-- Ball Don't Lie's Kelly Dwyer explains why the Brown hire might work. 

--'s Scott Howard-Cooper describes the Lakers' decision to hire Brown as bold.

-- ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky talks with Cavs: the blog's John Krolik about what Brown would provide for the Lakers. 

-- The San Jose Mercury News'  Tim Kawakami reports that Jerry West's presence with the Warriors doesn't necessarily help Shaw's case in landing the head coaching spot. 

-- Sports Illustrated's Zach Lowe believes Brown's experience will help with the Lakers. 

-- ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin reports that the Lakers fired assistant general manager Ronnie Lester


-- The Daily News' Jill Painter talks to Laker fans who never even heard of Brown. 

-- The Riverside Press Enterprise's Gregg Patton makes a case for the Brown hire, saying his presence will improve the Lakers' defense. 

-- Hoopsworld's Eric Pincus reports Italian coach Ettore Messina may join Brown as an assistant. 

-- The Cleveland Plain-Dealer's Bud Shaw acknowledges Brown won't fit Showtime, but argues he's a "winning choice."

-- ESPN Los Angeles' Ramona Shelburne sees the Brown hire as evidence the Lakers want to leave the Phil Jackson era completely behind them. 

-- ESPN Los Angeles' Stephen A. Smith argues Brown has a lot of challenges ahead coaching the Lakers.

-- Yahoo! Sports' Marc Spears highlights the positive comments LeBron James had about Brown's coaching -- the type of comments that were, of course, glaringly absent during last year's playoffs.  

--'s Mike Trudell looks at Bryant's current standing on the NBA's all-time scoring list. 

-- The Orange County Register's Mark Whicker believes Brown will be the polar opposite of Jackson.

-- Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski says Jim Buss should have consulted Bryant about the coaching decision. Wojnarowski also reports Jim Buss considers Bynum untouchable in trade talks and that the Lakers have yet to formulate a budget for assistant coaches. 

-- Silver Screen and Roll's Ben R looks deeper into Brown's coaching career. 

-- Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano admits Brown wasn't his top choice but believes he can succeed at coaching the Lakers. 

Tweet of the Day: "A lot of really great coaches were being considered for the job. B Shaw was at the top of the list! He'll be amazing and wherever he goes is lucky to have him.Will miss Phil but excited to start a new chapter under Mike Brown. Looking forward to a different style and energy!!" --- derekfisher (Lakers guard Derek Fisher)

Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "So how did Mike Brown wow Jim Buss in the interview? Jim Buss: What would you do differently if hired? Brown: Make Bynum the focal part of the offense and defense. Jim Buss: Interesting. When do you see that transition taking place? In 2013? Brown: Tomorrow. I’m having a sit down with Kobe to tell him as of now Bynum eats first, second and third. Jim Buss: What’s your thoughts on Phil? Brown: A very good coach. A true Hall of Famer, but you know my teams usually spanked him. You saw what I did with just Lebron. Imagine what I’ll accomplish with a great franchise like the Lakers. Jim Buss: Any other thoughts? Brown: Did I tell you how much I like Bynum? Drafting him was pure brilliance." -- LRob2

-- Mark Medina

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Photos: Former Cleveland Cavaliers Coach Mike Brown. Credits, from top: Doug Pensinger / Getty Images; Mark Duncan, Associated Press; Tony Dejak / Associated Press