Lakers Coach Mike Brown coming closer to finalizing his coaching staff
--The Times' Broderick Turner reports the following nuggets: Former University of Utah Coach Jim Boylen met Monday with Brown; Philadelphia's Quin Snyder, who was in charge of player development with the 76ers last season, met with Brown on Thursday, mostly about the team's offense; and Chuck Person has interviewed several times with Brown about a position on the staff.
--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding lists 10 things Pau Gasol could've done better to ensure a Lakers' three-peat.
--Gasol tells reporters in Spain that he'd prefer to stay with the Lakers instead of getting traded, for obvious reasons.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky previews the NBA draft involving Northwest Division teams.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin details Brian Shaw's planned interview with the Indiana Pacers for the team's lead assistant coach position.
--The Orange County Register's Mark Whicker considers the idea of trading Gasol to Minnesota for Kevin Love to be silly.
Tweet of the Day: "Brian Shaw will interview with Frank Vogel and Larry Bird this week for the Pacers lead assistant coach position, according to a source." -- MikeWellsNBA (Indianapolis Star's Mike Wells)
Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: I was always of the mind that trades for any of those players, Gasol, DHoward, Chris Paul, etc would need to be blockbuster trades. I've mentioned it before, it's not a matter of, will it happen, rather what teams should be involved. Another thing I want to mention for you Kyrie, Kemba Walker fans out there. How has Paul Wall been last year? Some are of the thinking that the Lakers should get KLove and #2, Kemba or Kyrie to fix some of our PG issues, while Andrew pack. and Dwight/aren't mutually exclusive.
For me I wouldn't hate the Monta Ellis trade, but since we're talking trades, and one of your two biggest trading chips for the duration of Kobe's last highly competitive years, and more realistic chances of winning another title,the implications of making the "wrong" move would be bad. Instead go for the sure decision in Chris Paul or Deron Williams. Deron is taller and more offensive minded, Chris Paul is shorter but a better defender. Both help on the wing, both can penetrade and kick, both will immediately contribute into any coaching scheme. Dwight Howard on the other hand is a matchup problem, while if we traded Pau for KLove (would necessitate not trading for CP3-Deron Williams if we want Dwight), would mean the Lakers have to find some other guard that can run the offense." -- PointForward
-- Mark Medina
Photo: Mike Brown speaks with reporters after being introduced as the Lakers' new coach at a news conference in El Segundo on May 31. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times