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

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. 

-- NBA.com'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. 

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-- 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. 

-- NBA.com'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

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-- 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.  

-- Lakers.com'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

 
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I'm not so sure about the Lakers being "done with the triangle"

The last time the Lakers ascended and descended from the top of the NBA and PJ left, the Lakers tried to go in a new direction. Unfortunately, it was a train wreck, and within a few months (at Kobe's request) the triangle was brought BACK!!!

If you couple the above with the great odds that Mike Brown will fail (I'm not saying it's certain, only that there's a high risk here), I would not be surprised if Dr. Buss hedges his bet and encourages Brown to retain B. Shaw as an assistant.

I also think it might be wise for Brown to attempt to keep B Shaw as an assistant - this would allow for Brown to perhaps retain some elements of the triangle while developing other non-triangle offensive sets. Some of this might depend on who is left when training camp starts (will D Fish be there?)

Not saying it will happen, just that I wouldn't be surprised if it did.

Does anyone else find the firing of Ronnie Lester a fairly substantial story in the making?

That's a smoking gun! There's a story behind this, and would be curious to know what happened. Did Ronnie disagree with the hiring of this coach? Was his ideas continually shot down during the season? Are his ideas for personnel changes "too radical" for Jimmy boy to accept?

What's the scoop?

@CORNERJ ... “Laker Tom should be doing backflips with joy, because that means this team is going to be rebuilt around Bynum, not Kobe.”
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I don’t think Jim Buss is going to build this team around Drew. Not yet at least. But while Kobe will still be the focus and leading scorer, I think you’re going to see a much more consistent and successful effort at pounding the ball inside to take advantage of our superior height and length, which will mean more shot attempts for Kobe, Pau, and Lamar and fewer shot attempts for Kobe Bryant.
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I think Jim’s goal is to win as many championships as possible while Kobe is still in his prime. Defense wins championships. That’s why he wanted a defensive coach like Brown rather than an offensive guru like Adelman. He also knew that the current coaching staff and system had reached the end of the road with this group of players. That’s why he chose Brown over Shaw.
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@HOBBITMAGE ... “Yes, I do believe that Jim will go all in to prove that his call on Bynum was the right one.” I respectfully disagree, hobbit.
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Jim Buss’ move to draft Drew has already been proven to be the right call. Were that draft held today, Andrew Bynum would have been the #1 overall pick. At best, he will be the Lakers next great center. No problem questioning Jim’s selection of Mike Brown as coach but give him his due for Drew.
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The Lakers have already said that they are not going to blow up the team. The tweaks that are needed are obvious: an elite point guard who can drive and dish, hit the open 3, and physically defend to replace Fisher in the starting lineup and a dead eye 3-point shooter who can come in off the bench.
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TOM


LakerTom,

you wrote: I think you’re going to see a much more consistent and successful effort at pounding the ball inside to take advantage of our superior height and length, which will mean more shot attempts for Kobe, Pau, and Lamar and fewer shot attempts for Kobe Bryant.

my response: Do you mean like Lakers vs. Mavs semi-finals?

you wrote: Jim Buss’ move to draft Drew has already been proven to be the right call. Were that draft held today, Andrew Bynum would have been the #1 overall pick. At best, he will be the Lakers next great center. No problem questioning Jim’s selection of Mike Brown as coach but give him his due for Drew.

my response: I respectfully disagree. Were the draft to be held today and
there were a candidate who had had 3 years of private tutoring by KAJ as
well as playing under Phil Jackson and w/ Kobe Bryant, of course everyone
would draft him. It would be silly to think otherwise.

If given a choice b/n Bynum this season and Blake Griffin this season every
single GM would take Blake Griffin. You are being foolish to suggest other-
wise.

Final point: This playoff season was the first playoff season where Pau
was healthy and Bynum was healthy/not coming off of a significant injury.
For 18 games out of 60, the Lakers played well. We know how this ended.

fwiw,

http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/b/bynuman01.html

his best numbers by far are this year.

I like this hire. I do not want a run and gun team with the players we have, just lockdown defense like miami and we should be good. Hope he implements spurs type stuff.

Very interesting article by Eric Pincus about Mike Brown bringing two-time Euroleague champion coach Ettore Messina from Italy to be a Lakers assistant coach. Messina is a legend in Europe and like Brown is considered to be a defensive guru who has toyed around before about becoming an assistant coach under Popovich as a step towards his ultimate goal of becoming an NBA head coach. It should be interesting to see if he can somehow get our European player Pau Gasol back to being the player we all used to love. With the talk about Messina and the likelihood of keeping Chuck Person, you can see that the new Lakers coaching staff is truly focused on defense. I’m liking what I see.
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TOM

sup laker nation...

all good points there, but allt his talk about BROWN has been defense.. how come he cant talk about any offense? or what he will do with this laker team? they only say his a defensive minded coach, so what big deal, we can have good defense but if we cant socre who cares where our level of defense at...

@HOBBITMAGE ... “If given a choice b/n Bynum this season and Blake Griffin this season every single GM would take Blake Griffin. You are being foolish to suggest other-wise.”
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LOL. What are you smoking this morning, hobbit? Once again, you add 1+1 and get 3. Reread my post, my friend. I said if the draft in which the Lakers selected Drew #10 were held again today, Drew would have been the #1 pick. Check the record if you think that Blake Griffin were in that draft.
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And if the Lakers would hesitate to trade Andrew Bynum for Dwight Howard, there is no way in the world that they would trade him for Blake Griffin as good as he is. That is what would be foolish.
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TOM


LOL @ arguing where Bynum would go in the draft.

If you held the 05 draft again, Bynum would absolutely move up in the draft, but mostly because all the busts wouldn't be selected.
Chris Paul
Deron Williams
Danny Granger
David Lee
Kleiza
Jarrett Jack

all of these people could theoretically be drafted earlier also. How many teams would select Socks over CP3? Some of them for sure, but probably not all of them.

And then what's this "if he were in the draft this year" sort of talk? A proven 7 foot veteran who is arguably in the top 3 centers in the league would be drafted very high. And so would LBJ if he were in the draft. And so would Pau Gasol if he were in the draft. And so would Marc Gasol if he were in the draft. And so would Kobe Bean quite frankly (even at his age).. can you image giving KB24 a rookie contract, what a bargain

Sort of stupid speculation IMO

wait I dont get it, here we are saying that M Brown is our next coach but they havnt signed a deal yet? i tought they were gonna sign a deal on wednesday or friday but now its until next week? so theres a hope that we will get a different coach??? nooo im probably just dreaming lol

oh and also why are they blowing up our assitant coaches like that? they are getting rid of every single one? that really has to suck, rumor has it that Bshaw will not get the Warriors head coach job, so i hope MBROWN can keep Shaw for familiarity reasons to the team and basic knowledge of triangle, even tho they are moving away from it.

this really sucks, because we cant even guess what we might look forward to when the season starts...

Jimmy B this ones on you!

I don't think bynum would have necessarily been the #1 pick if they redid the draft. I mean cp3 and dwill would certainly go before him. Even bogut has averaged more points, rebounds, assists and blocks than bynum.

if you are basing it on the fact that bynum has two rings, who's to say that paul, deron or bogut wouldn't have a few as well if they played with kobe and gasol and for phil jackson?

Guys - I wish I had more information on Ronnie Lester. I leave that kind of stuff up to the beat guys. I'm sure they'll have more info in the stories in tomorrow's paper.


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