May 26, 2011

Lakers to Sign Mike Brown

By - Kris Fletcher

Mike Brown has agreed in principle to become the next head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, according to an NBA official.

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The deal is reportedly worth around $4.5 million per season. It is believed to be for three years, with a team option for a fourth that would give him partial pay if he is not retained.

Brown, 41, previously posted a 272-138 record in five seasons as head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers before being fired in 2010.

He was named the NBA's Coach of the Year in 2009, leading the Cavaliers to a 66-16 record.

Brown also led the Cavaliers to the NBA Finals in 2007, but Cleveland was swept by the San Antonio Spurs.

He will replace Phil Jackson, who retired after the Lakers were eliminated by the Dallas Mavericks in the second round of the playoffs.

Should be interesting to see how this plays out. Brown has a pretty good career record, but he also had LeBron James in Cleveland. That'll help anyone's winning percentage. He now inherits an aging Los Angeles team with way more questions than answers going into the off-season.

It will probably be fairly clear early on next season if this was the right hire, or a big mistake.

1 comment:

  1. This was an awful hire by the Lakers. Mike Brown was a bad coach in Cleveland, but since he had LeBron, that covered up his flaws. Kobe is past his prime, so he won't cover up Brown's flaws like LeBron did. I'll be surprised if Brown last longer than a year there.