Tag: Lakers new coach
Mike Brown, the head coach who used to handle LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, is very aware that he is not there to fill nobody’s shoes. Particularly because filling Phil Jackson’s shoes is a little like fitting in a pair of Ronald McDonald’s shoes. Still, Brown is well aware that he might have the answers to get the LA Lakers back at the top after what we could consider quite a disastrous ending to a very successful run with the Lakers.
According to the reports we have gathered, the deal will be for four years and $18.25 million. The contract is a three-year deal and there is a team option on the fourth year. Should the Lakers decide to opt out of the deal, Brown is guaranteed to receive $2.5 million.
Perhaps the biggest question here is whether Brown and the Lakers franchise player, Kobe Bryant, are going to be able to get on the same page. Mike Brown has experience dealing with big egos. Let’s not forget that even LeBron James himself has said that it was Brown who made him a better defensive player on the court.
Browns’ game is very defensive oriented, and it is still uncertain whether that change will accommodate the needs of the Lakers. It is efficient. The 41-year-old coach guided Cleveland to the 2007 NBA Finals and two trips to the Eastern Conference finals in five seasons with the Cavaliers, posting a record of 272-138. That makes him the 5th most successful coach in NBA history. But it is not showy, its not entertaining game.
Because at the end, when you are in Los Angeles, in the entertainment capital of the world, you have to realize that it is not enough to win games. When you are ahead of the Lakers you have to be able to bring forward truly entertaining basketball. And that’s where I’m still unsure if Mike Brown is the better choice.